Layered potatoes (Rakott krumpli)

by | Mar 11, 2014 | Meat dishes

Rakott krumpli or layered potatoes are a typical, Hungarian, baked casserole-type dish. It’s made from only a few ingredients, but it contains all the main flavours of the Hungarian cuisine, this is why it’s so popular in our country. Layered potatoes belong to those dishes, that accompany people from the childhood as a returning course of family lunches or dinners. Everybody has some kind of associations with it, and we tend to look for the familier tastes of our childhood. It’s a so called “granny food”- for everyone the best layered potates are the ones which were cooked by their grandmother. If you search for layered potatoes recipes on the Internet, you will find that they are much the same with only little differences.

Layered potatoes - Rakott krumpli
Layered potatoes – Rakott krumpli – photo:


  • 1 kg (~2 1/4 lbs) potatoes
  • 10 eggs
  • 250 g (~8-9 oz) smoked sausages
  • 300 ml (~1 1/4 cups) sour cream
  • oil

Hard-boil the eggs, then peel and slice them.

Put the whole potatoes in a pot, cover them with water, and boil them with their skin on. Peel and slice them.

Slice the sausage.

Oil a casserole dish. Lay 1/3 of the sliced potatoes in the casserole dish. Arrange half of the sliced eggs on the top. Place sliced sausages on the eggs. Repeat the process: lay 1/3 of the potatoes, then the remaining sliced eggs and sliced sausages. Cover with the rest of the potatoes. Spread the sour cream on the top.

Bake it at 200°C / 392°F for about 50-60 minutes or until its top gets golden brown.

It may sound strange, but I usually serve layered potatoes with bottled plums. Give it a try, it’s very delicious.


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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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