Sweet Potato Dumplings (Zemiakove Sulance)

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Over the weekend I decided to make one of typical Slovak dishes called Zemiakove Sulance (Potato Dumplings/Gnocchi).


This dish is very popular in Slovakia and despite of being a “sweet” dish it is served as a meatless dinner or lunch usually on Fridays.


I don’t make Sweet Potato Dumplings often because it is quite time and labor consuming. It’s very easy to make, but time consuming.


When I announced that I am thinking of making Sweet Potato Dumplings my kids were happy as clams.


I had no choice , but to bite the bullet and make dumplings.


You can serve Sweet Potato Dumplings (Zemiakove Sulance) few different ways. I usually make two kinds.

Poppy Seeds for me and Walnuts for the rest of the gang. Sometimes I feel like a rebel and I mix them together….yes I like to live dangerously.



Sweet Potato Dumpling (Zemiakove Sulance)


  • 2lbs Potatoes (Russets)
  • 1 Eggs
  • 11/2 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cream of Wheat
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2Tbsp Butter (melted)
STEP 1: Cook the potatoes with skin on until soft. Drain, let them cool down and peel the skin off.
STEP 2: Using potato press press the potatoes into large bowl (you can use grater). Add egg, salt, flour and cream of wheat. Work it until you get a smooth dough.

STEP 3:Divide the dough into few parts and roll each part into 3/4″-1″ strings.STEP 4: Cut the strings into small roll like pieces.

STEP 5: In a large pot boil water with salt. When the water is boiling drop in the dumplings and cook until they float atop. Take them out with a strainer or strainer spoon.

STEP 6: Put the dumplings into a bowl. Pour the melted butter on top and stir.
STEP 7: Place the dumplings on the plate and top with your choice of toppings.


Walnut Topping: finely chopped walnuts mixed with icing sugar


Poppy Seed Topping: grounded Poppy seeds mixed with icing sugar



Sweet Potato Dumplings (Zemiakove Sulance)

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3 Responses to “Sweet Potato Dumplings (Zemiakove Sulance)”

  1. Yum! I'll have some with the poppy seed topping please!

  2. Oh what a GREAT recipe! I can't wait to try this out :-)

  3. BigD says:

    I am all over this recipe.I loved the poppy seed dumplings!

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