Bryndzové halušky isn't just potato dumplings with cheese and bacon. It's Slovakia's delicious national dish.
This dish is traditionally made from five simple ingredients: grated potatoes, flour, egg, salt and bryndza, topped with chopped crispy bacon.
You may be wondering what bryndza is.
Bryndza is a unique flavourful Slovak cheese made from sheep's milk, and it is what gives halušky that extra cheesy boost.
This dish is a bit like the Slovak version of mac and cheese or cheesy Italian gnocchi, only a lot better (although, as a Slovak, I may be biased).
I understand that bryndza isn’t an easy ingredient to get unless you're visiting Slovakia.
But not to worry, you can supplement it with cream cheese or pecorino instead. That's what I've been doing since I moved to Canada when I get homesick and crave bryndzové halušky. Although it’s not the same, it still tastes pretty delicious.
The dish is very hearty and filling, and it's sure to leave your belly smiling. Slovaks usually drink a glass of žinčica (sour milk) with halušky.
While in Slovakia, it's one food you absolutely shouldn't miss. You can find bryndzové halušky in local restaurants, such as Slovak Pub in Bratislava, Liptovská Izba in Liptovský Mikuláš, Terchovská Koliba in Janošíkové Diery and many more.
But if you don't have a trip to Slovakia planned anytime soon, here's how to make them yourself.
Last Updated 2 January 2023