Potato Pie

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Ingredients

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Dough
500 g Flour self-raising
300 ml water lukewarm you don’t need to use all water as long as the dough does not stick to your hands
1 tablespoon Salt
25 ml Sunflower Oil
Filling
800 g Potatoes peeled and diced
50 ml Sunflower Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Black pepper

Potato Pie

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Potato pie or krompirusa is one of the classics of traditional Bosnian cuisine. It is a very simple dish made from a flat dough filled with potatoes.

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  • Serves 8
  • Hard

Ingredients

  • Dough

  • Filling

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Potato Pie or krompirusa is one of the classics of traditional Bosnian cuisine. It is a very simple dish made from a flat dough filled with potatoes. I think the simplicity of potato pie recipe and just a few basic ingredients make it so delicious and beloved.

For centuries, it has been a staple food in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is hardly any house where it has not been made. Interestingly, traditionally it is considered a home-made speciality and you won’t find it in restaurants.

Potato Pie Recipe Origin

It is incredibly difficult to describe pie as a dish. All sorts of pies are made around the world from different types of dough, in different ways and with different fillings. Even etymologically, it is difficult to determine the origin of the word pie.

According to one theory, it comes from the Greek language from the word peptos which means cooked. Other theories state that the origin is from the Gothic or even German languages.

However, there is one crucial difference between the Bosnian and all other bureks. In Bosnia, the burek is made exclusively with meat. In Turkey and other countries, including countries in the region, burek is everything made of filo pastry and stuffing.

However, in the English language, the word pie has a slightly different meaning. It means a dish made with crispy, greasy dough with salty or sweet stuffing.

Potato pie is ubiquitous throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in Croatia and Serbia.

The potato pie is served hot or cold as a snack or at the end of a meal. As a snack, it is usually served with yoghurt.

I got this potato pie recipe in Sarajevo a few years ago when I visited my friend Adis. I already mentioned that he’s a foodie like me. According to him, this recipe is several centuries old.

Steps

1
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In a deep bowl, mix the flour, lukewarm water, oil and salt. Mix it until it becomes smooth and stops sticking. Divide into 4-5 parts, spread them a bit with hands.

2
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Chop the potato into small cubes (approx. 5x5 mm). In a bowl, mix the potato, salt and black pepper.

3
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You must use a tablecloth to prepare the potato pie. Put it over the kitchen table. Place the dough in the middle and spread it with the rolling pin. Stretch it more with your hands all over the table until it becomes thin and transparent.

4
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Place the stuffing all over the dough. Sprinkle with oil.

5
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Roll with a tablecloth on one side to the middle. You will get a long wrap that you can cut depending on the length of your baking tray. Swirl each wrap (as in the picture below) and you will get a potato pie. Sprinkle with oil again.

6
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Coat a larger baking tray with oil, arrange the potato pie and bake at 200 C for 25-30 minutes.

7
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When it is baked, cover them with a wet cloth and leave for about 10 minutes, so that the crust is soft and crispy.

8
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In Bosnia, a potato pie is traditionally served with yoghurt.

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