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This homemade Slovak potato halusky is made with fresh potatoes and flour and fried with bacon and cottage cheese. It’s Slovakian food at it’s finest. This homemade Slovak potato halusky is made with fresh potatoes and flour and fried with bacon and cottage cheese. It's Slovakian food at it's finest.

You know those meals that get passed down from generation to generation?

This is one of those meals.

Hearty, homey and delicious. Art’s grandmother used to make this meal a lot when he was a child.

For almost four years I have listened to him talk about the deliciousness of these little potato dumplings.

Finally, on Saturday night we decided to give the recipes a try.

It was a lot of fun cooking with Art and the meal turned out delicious.

I helped fry the bacon (and eat the bacon) but Art did all the rest. I even taught him how to use my KitchenAid mixer. 

He only got the speed and lock button mixed up once.

I know that mistake. I made it the first time I used it too.

The dumplings are not overly flavorful but when mixed with the bacon and cottage cheese it creates something wonderful.

They are a bit chewy but it plays well with the crunchy texture of the bacon.

The cottage cheese adds a nice bit of balance and little extra creaminess to the meal.

I hope that you will give this recipe a try. It’s a little different than anything I grew up eating but I can see why Art holds this recipe near and dear to his heart.

His biggest piece of advice about this recipe – the bacon is key.

Homemade Slovak Potato Halusky by Nutmeg Nanny

Potato Halusky

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This homemade Slovak potato halusky is made with fresh potatoes and flour and fried with bacon and cottage cheese. It’s Slovakian food at it’s finest.


  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese


  1. Fill a large pot with water and set over high heat.
  2. When the water starts to boil add the kosher salt.
  3. Grate raw potatoes in a food processor or by hand.
  4. Put potatoes into the bowl of stand mixer and with paddle attachment mix in flour to make a stiff dough.
  5. Start with two cups and add more if necessary. You want the consistency to be slightly tacky but not wet or overly sticky.
  6. Cut small chucks of dough off a plate or a board into the boiling salted water.
  7. Cook 5 minutes or so until they float to the top. Remove from water and set aside on a plate.
  8. In a large frying pan fry bacon until very crispy, set aside.
  9. Leave at least 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan.
  10. Add cooked potato dumplings (halusky) to the pan and put on low heat.
  11. Toss halusky in bacon grease and mix in cottage cheese and crumbled bacon. When everything is warmed through take off heat and serve.

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Wednesday 1st of February 2023

My husbands grandfather is from Hungry he was born in 1895. He taught us the family recipe in 1978. We love Haluska it is now loved by four generations in this family. We add onions to our bacon. Your recipe and ours is very similar. We eat cucumber salad on the side. DELICIOUS.


Sunday 18th of December 2022

This is a staple meal in my family. My great grandparents immigrated from Czechoslovakia, so this is something I grew up eating all the time!


Monday 12th of September 2022

Love these....My Mom made these about once a month....she would fry onions and then fry bacon and pour over the Kluskies. I have tried several times to make them and they do seem heavier than when Mom made them. Question: When you grate the potatoes the amount of water that comes out is quite a bit (more so than I remember when young) you throw all the potato water and just keep the grated potato? Thanks


Sunday 9th of May 2021

My mom use to make this dish alot as a child with some differences, we used a thing called salt side was also called smear cakes. It is a delicious dish!

Cathy Reddix

Monday 19th of April 2021

We had something similar. We would have it on Fridays (no meat) so no bacon my Mom and Grandma would brown the dumplings in butter and then add the cottage cheese. The bacon sounds wonderful. Both my Mom and Grandma are both passed and I never got this recipe so thank you for something that I loved as a child and brings back so many wonderful memories

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