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Schales – a potato dish

In the Saarland, Schales as well as Dibbelabbes are an integral part of every kitchen. Both dishes have almost the same ingredients, but are prepared differently. Schales is placed in a cast-iron roaster in the oven until the dough forms a brown crust on the bottom. Dibbelabbes is prepared on the stove, but also in a cast iron pot or roaster.


If you don’t want to wait 2 hours for the Schales dish, you can also prepare the dough in small cakes in the pan.
Served with applesauce, stewed fruit or salad.

Oven dishes with salad

Recipe Schales

An oven dish that can also be prepared in small portions in the pan.
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Course: main dish
Cuisine: Saarland
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Beginner
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 2 kg large potatoes
  • 250 g dried meat (smoked, streaky pancetta)
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 medium egg
  • salt, pepper


  • Finely grate the potatoes and squeeze out the liquid with your hands or in a tea towel. 
  • Finely chop the leek.
  • Mix potato grated with leek and egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you want the dough to be a little firmer, add 1 tablespoon of flour.
  • Cut the pancetta into small cubes.
  • In a pan suitable for the oven, render the pancetta. Add the potato mixture and bake in the oven at preheated 200°C for 2 hours until crispy. 
  • Tip: Bake the raw dough as small cakes in the pan. There's Grumbeerkiechelcher

Tips & Hints

Serve with applesauce, stewed fruit or salad.


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