Patatnik is a traditional Bulgarian potato-based dish characteristic of the Rhodope Mountains made of grated potatoes, onions, salt and mint. In other regions of Bulgaria additional ingredients include sirene, savory or peppers.


Patetnik is a traditional Bulgarian potato-based dish characteristic of the Rhodope Mountains.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: all-purpose flour, eggs, potatoes
Servings: 8


  • 3 lb potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp dried spearmint
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  • Peel the potatoes, and grate them in a bowl then squeeze any liquid and place them into a large bowl.
  • Peel and grate the onions and mixed with the squeezed potatoes.
  • Season with salt, pepper, vegetable oil and dried mint and add eggs to the bowl. Stir well the mixture and leave it aside.
  • Grease a round baking dish with 1 tbsp butter or oil, then dust the bottom of the dish with 2 tbsp flour.
  • Transfer the ready potato mixture from the bowl into the baking dish. Use your palms to flatten the mixture into the dish by pressing it. Sprinkle 2 tbsp flour and some butter on top.
  • Place the dish into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

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Photo: Bin im Garten/Wikipedia

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