This appetizing dish boasts melt-in-the-mouth bacon, rich sauce and fluffy kliocki to soak up the juices.
It is most likely that kliocki appeared simultaneously in several places and among different nations, so it is difficult to single out one definitive place of origin. Kliocki are cooked almost everywhere, they just differ in the ingredients and technology.
5–6 potatoes, peeled
3 tbsp wheat flour
1 large onion
100 g bacon or brisket
Potatoes only need a few ingredients to be transformed into delicious warming kliocki.
What can be said with certainty is that the Belarusians have succeeded more than others in the art of making potato kliocki. They are cooked in all areas of the country, where they can be stuffed with pork, bacon, sauerkraut, cottage cheese or apples, usually garnished with fried mushrooms and onions or sour cream, and served as a main dish or a side dish. They are certainly very delicious and nourishing.
As potato kliocki are an old dish, they have a long history and their own legends. Belarusian kliocki became the hero of a miraculous rescue when an ancient town was besieged by enemy. Despite the siege, women kept on doing their domestic chores, including cooking. A woman saw an enemy soldier spying through the window and in a blaze of anger she threw what was ready to hand at him; it turned out to be a kliocka. When the spy returned to his camp to report on the situation in the beleaguered town, he told his generals that it had large food stocks and that its people shot kliocki. Consequently, the siege was lifted, and the town was saved.
Grate half of the potatoes and drain. Boil the remaining potatoes, then mince them.
Combine the two halves of potatoes and add the egg, flour, salt, and remaining potato starch from the potato juice, and mix well. Roll the potato mixture into small balls with lightly floured hands. Cook the kliocki in boiling salted water for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they rise to the surface.
For the dipping sauce, chop the onion and bacon. Fry the bacon to dissolve grease, then add the onion and cook until brown and softened.
Place the kliocki on serving plates, spoon over the sauce. Finish with sour cream if desired.
VMG Industry FLLC in Mahilioŭ is one of the largest investment projects of VMG International Holding. We have been operating in Belarus since 2012 and today, our company employs more than 1,200 people. Business in Belarus in the field of woodworking has become a profitable investment, enabling us to expand the activities of our company and to find new customers outside our home country. We have our own recipe for doing business, just as every housewife has her own special cooking recipe.
Belarus is one of the leading top ten forest countries of Europe. Today, almost 40% of its territory is covered by forests. When choosing a country to expand our business, we took into consideration the fact that apart from the availability of raw materials Belarus offers additional attractive factors to foreign investors. Among them are relatively cheap labor force and, of course, the opportunity to operate on special preferential terms with a number of duty and tax privileges within the framework of the free economic zones.
A stable political situation in Belarus, combined with the diligence of the Belarusians is evidence that here you can implement any ideas. Moreover, the absence of a language barrier and the similar mentality create a real formula for success. All those factors predetermined our decision to choose Belarus as a destination for business.
Someone begins to cook a specialty with ready-made dough, while we start from the very beginning, taking unprocessed wood and running all processing stages at the factory. In order to make your dish tasty and healthy, you should not just follow the recipe, but do it with feeling. The same happens in our company — whether it is the production of furniture, layer glued articles for furniture or particle board — we put our hearts in work and always follow the rules. Our rules are clear. Firstly, we follow the international quality standards. Secondly, our company respects the country that provides us with excellent opportunities by complying with the laws and requirements of the Republic of Belarus. If you follow these requirements and do your best, your business will definitely be a huge success.
Lithuania and Belarus have not only common business interests, but also a millennial shared history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Therefore, our countries have common culinary traditions. The most famous national dish in Lithuania is cepelinai, and in Belarus it is called kliocki. Try them, for they will make your mouth water.
VMG Industry Foreign Limited Liability Company is a subsidiary of VMG Woodworking Holding with its headquarters in Klaipeda (Lithuania). VMG Holding includes several enterprises on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, in Belarus and Ukraine. It is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of furniture, layer glued articles for furniture and particle boards.VMG Industry FLLC is a resident of Mahilioŭ Free Economic Zone.