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Kotlety mielone Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in cooking, food

I remember kotlety mielone as a very popular dish served at my parents house.

To make them you will need:

0,4-0,5 kg (about 1 lb.) meat: pork, turkey, beef (in equal quantities)

1 stale bread roll (about 50-80g or 2-3 oz.)

1 glass milk

50 g (2 oz.) onion

1 egg

salt, pepper, dill

1 garlic (optional)

20 g (0,7 oz.) breadcrumbs

Oil (vegetable oil, lard or margarine)

It is possible to prepare a Kotlet Mielony from just one kind of meat, for example pork. However for best results you should use different kinds of meat at the same time.That way they are never too dry or too moist.


Mince the meat thoroughly, add finely grated onion. Soak the stale bread roll with milk and squeeze it. Add the bread and egg to the meat.  Add salt, pepper, dill and grated garlic.

Mix it all up carefully and knead well, pressing hard, so the mass becomes quite firm and solid. Then divide it into equal round parts.  Roll each one in breadcrumbs. Then shape them – each piece should be more or less circular or oval, while somewhat flattened when seen from the side.

Heat oil on the pan. When the oil gets very hot, put the Kotlety in the pan and fry them on both sides. Serve them with potatoes, bread, rice, with lettuce, cucumber salad or sauerkraut – possibilities are endless.

You can also add your favorite seasoning to the mixture, or skip garlic if you do not care for it.The name Sznycel is used for Kotlet Mielony in Southern Poland. It should not be however confused with Wiener Schnitzel, which is a completely different dish.

I make kotlety mielone quite often. They are really yummy!



Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author:Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. John Washbush:

    The photo with this recipe is making me hungry … not only for the Kotlet Mielone, but for the mashed potatoes, carrots and beets also. May I ask if you could post those three recipes also? I know, mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes … except in Poland. There must be something to that recipe that I don’t know. Also, I have tried to duplicate the taste and texture of both the beets and carrots but with no luck. Can you help, please?

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