Russian Monday: "Kartofelnye Zrazy" - Potato Cutlets Stuffed with Mushrooms

Zrazy is a dish of Lithuanian, Belarusian, Polish and Ukrainian cuisines. Word “zrazy” is of polish origin, it means “slices”, “cut pieces” of something. Despite its Polish name, for the first time the dish is mentioned in the Lithuanian historical records of 14th century.

Initially, zrazy were meat chops stuffed with eggs and vegetables. Later on, name zrazy started being used for potato cakes stuffed with mushrooms, meat, vegetables. Potato zrazy with meat is the most popular and nutritious version of this dish.  Meat for stuffing you can pick depending on your taste – pork, chicken or lean beef would fit perfectly. Most suitable potatoes for zrazy are the ones which get boiled soft fast.

I hope you enjoy my step-by-step recipe photos.  Potato Cutlets - is really delicious dish, I wish you will love it too. Try to make it at your kitchen and let me know about your cooking adventure. Have a lovely day.

For more Russian recipes, visit Russian Cuisine page.

Makes: 10 cutlets, but I still have mushroom stuffing left (I used it for a salad later)


  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • kosher salt, to taste (for water)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • freshly ground pepper (optional for potatoes)
  • 16 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced 
  • 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4-5 Tbsp. corn meal
  • sour cream to serve
  • fresh chive to serve


Put the potato pieces in a large pot, add water to cover by 3 inches and generously salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make a mushroom stuffing. In a large sauté pan over high heat, warm the grapeseed oil. Add the mushrooms and onion, season with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, dried parsley and cook, stirring, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

When potatoes are cooked, drain them and put them back in the hot, empty pot to let them steam off until they look powdery and dry. Let them get cool.

Mash the potatoes with a food mill, ricer or potato masher. Add the egg, stirring constantly, then add flour and stir until the potatoes are smooth. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

On a lightly coated with corn meal cutting board place about 2-3 tablespoons of potato mixture. Make a flat disk. Place about two teaspoons of the mushroom stuffing on a middle of potato. Using two hands, fold the ends up to completely, cover the mushrooms. Roll the cutlet in the corn meal until coated. Repeat the process with the rest of potato mixture.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Gently place the cutlets in the frying pan. When one side has become golden, about 3 minutes, turn gently to fry the other side. Repeat with all the cutlets. Serve with sour cream and fresh chives.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...
September 22, 2014 at 3:15 AM  

Mmmhhh, scrumptious! I'm bookmarking this wonderful recipe.



Medeja said...
September 22, 2014 at 5:07 AM  

I loved these..used to have them at school :) we called them pancakes actually.

Zorica Pavlovic said...
September 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM  

I love your posts, recipes and pictures. I tried many of your recipes and I will try this one to.

La Table De Nana said...
September 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM  

Of course I want to make these now..thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial:)

theroadtoserendipity said...
September 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM  

I think that one thing that Russian cuisine does really well, is take humble veggies and elevate them to comfort food heaven. I have fallen in love with buckwheat and I think I must have been Russian in a past life because potatoes are my favourite vegetable. I LOVE the look of this recipe Yelena. It's so full of the promise of amazing flavour and it looks visually awesome. Anyone wanting to cut down on their meat consumption due to dietary restrictions or simply because it costs a lot, could do a lot worse than heading to websites like yours because here, they will find amazing ways to turn simple root veggies into gourmet classics. The Indians do something similar. They call them "cutlets" but they tend to be heavily spiced and sometimes you just want the true, simple essence of the vegetable to shine through. This recipe is a star Yelena and your images make it a movie star :)

Te de Ternura said...
September 23, 2014 at 2:26 AM  

Querida YELENA; aún no he desayunado, pero ya me has abierto el apetito...
Un buen martes corazón :)))

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