Pyry with gzik

Author: Tobiasz Konieczny – thyssenkrupp Materials Poland

INGREDIENTS (4 servings)

  • 1 kg of potatoes

  • 250 g of semi-fat cottage cheese

  • 3 tablespoons of cream 18% or natural cream cheese

  • a bunch of chives

  • spoon of butter

  • salt, pepper

  • optionally radishes, dill


„Pyry” with “gzik” is a dish of Greater Poland cuisine consisting of potatoes (pyry) and  properly seasoned cottage cheese (gzik). The dish was created in the 19th century, when potatoes became very popular. It was a typical fasting meal. Thanks to the fact that “pyry and gzik” are appreciated by the inhabitants and tourists visiting Poznań, this dish has become a unique symbol of the region. In 2007, “gzik” was included in the Polish List of Traditional Products.


1. Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Cook them in their jackets (without peeling the skin), adding a teaspoon of salt to the water.
2. In the meantime, prepare “gzik”. Put the cottage cheese, sour cream (or cream cheese) into a bowl. Chop the washed chives and add to the cheese. Add salt and pepper. Mix everything. Optionally, add chopped dill or grated radish.
3. At the end of cooking the potatoes, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut boiled potatoes in half. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and brush lightly with butter. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden.
4. After baking, put the potatoes on a plate, add “gzik”, decorate with chives. ENJOY YOUR MEAL!