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Potato Pie Recipe - Polish Baba Kartoflana or Kartoflak

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Polish Potato Pie or Baba Kartoflana

Polish Potato Pie or Baba Kartoflana

© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This Polish potato pie recipe - baba kartoflana or kartoflak - is similar to Lithuanian kugelis, and uses grated potatoes, lots of bacon and eggs.

Here's a larger picture of Polish potato pie. It's a savory dish that can be cut into wedges or slices and garnished with a dollop of sour cream, if desired. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, as a side dish, or a main course with a crisp, green salad. As most casseroles do, this one reheats well.

Makes 6 servings of Polish Potato Pie or Baba Kartoflana or Kartoflak

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds peeled white or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 pound diced and fried bacon, drippings reserved
  • 3 large beaten eggs
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 medium grated onion
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Grate potatoes into a colander placed over a bowl to catch the starches. Push down on the potatoes to remove as much moisture as possible.

  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 7x11-inch casserole (or thereabouts), that is no higher than 2 1/2 inches, with some reserved bacon drippings.

  3. Transfer grated potatoes to a large bowl. Pour off the liquid from the bowl under the colander and add the white potato starch sediment left at the bottom to the bowl with the potatoes. Check out this QUICK TIP to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.

  4. Add remaining ingredients and as much bacon drippings as your diet can stand (many Poles add it all). Mix well, adjusting the seasonings, if necessary (be careful, the bacon drippings will be salty). Bake 1 hour or until completely crispy on top.

  5. Cut into wedges or squares and serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired. A hot beverage will help the bacon fat go down!
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 5 out of 5
From my childhood, Member PolPrairieMama

I've had this growing up and make it occasionally for my family. The best way to describe it is like a Polish or Slavic version of a quiche, I think, at least that's how I explain to people who never had it. So goooood!

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