How to cook real Belarusian sorcerers?

Sorcerers are not wizards, not magicians, and not witches. This is a simple, but very tasty dish of Belarusian cuisine. Find out how to cook them!

What is this dish?

Sorcerers is a dish of Belarusian cuisine, which is a potato cake with a filling (most often of meat) and looks like more popular pancakes.

The same name is in Lithuanian and Polish national cuisines, but there it denotes a slightly different snack - a kind of dumplings with a very thin dough. But we will be talking about the more native and familiar Belarusian version.

Sorcerers are prepared quite easily. Typically, the basis of a kind of dough is the so-called bladed mass, that is, raw potatoes, which are rubbed and then freed from the juice, that is, squeezed. But some use boiled and crushed mass, that is, boiled and mashed potatoes. Both that, and other option is quite admissible.

How to cook?

How to cook delicious sorcerers? Below are a few recipes.

Recipe number 1

Make simple sorcerers with minced meat. To do this you will need:

  • 1 kg of potatoes;
  • 1 cup flour;
  • 1 egg;
  • three onions;
  • 500 grams of minced meat;
  • pepper and salt to taste;
  • cooking oil for frying;
  • any broth for quenching.

Cooking method:

  1. Potatoes need to be cleaned, washed and grated on a small or special potato grater. Next, squeeze it well to remove all the juice. Juice can be allowed to stand for a while to make the remaining starch stand out. It can also be added to grated potatoes.
  2. Combine the potato mass with flour and egg to make a rather dense, but elastic dough.
  3. Now tackle the filling. Peel and finely chop the onion, lightly fry in vegetable oil until transparent.
  4. Combine minced meat with onion, salt and pepper, mix well until smooth.
  5. Take a small portion of potato dough, form a flat cake and put a little stuffing in its center. Wrap the stuffing and press the future sorcerer with palms on both sides so that it turns out to be quite flat. Also form the rest of the bread.
  6. Heat the oil in the pan. Cook all the sorcerers on each side until golden brown.
  7. Now boil the broth in a saucepan, put sorcerers in it, cover them with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes on low heat.

Recipe number 2

The sorcerers of potatoes with mushrooms are also delicious, this combination is very successful!

Here is what you need:

  • 6 large potatoes;
  • 5 tablespoons of flour;
  • 1 onion;
  • pepper and salt to taste;
  • cooking oil for frying.


  1. Potatoes need to be peeled and grated. Next, squeeze it well and mix with flour. The dough is ready.
  2. Take care of the filling. To do this, clean the onion and finely chop with a knife. Wash the mushrooms and cut them into small pieces. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions with the mushrooms.
  3. Separate part of the dough, make a cake, put some stuffing in it and close it to make a cake again. The rest of the wizards do the same thing.
  4. It remains only to fry all the sorcerers in the pan on each side for about five minutes, that is, until the appetizing golden hue.

Recipe number 3

Surprisingly, sorcerers can play the role of dessert, if they are sweet and with a fruit or berry filling, Belarusian cuisine fully admits this option.

So, for the preparation of delicious sorcerers with cherries you will need:

  • 6 medium sized potatoes;
  • about 1.5 cups of cherry;
  • a glass of sugar;
  • half a glass of flour;
  • 1 egg;
  • cooking oil for frying.

Cooking method:

  1. First you can make a dough. To do this, as usual, peel potatoes and grate them on a grater, mix with flour and egg, add about a third of a glass of sugar to make the dough sweet too.
  2. Now go to the stuffing. Cherry needs to be washed and freed from bones.
  3. Separate the first portion of the dough, make a cake, lay a few cherries in the center and sprinkle them with sugar (then during the cooking they will give the juice that will soak and the whole dough). Wrap the stuffing, form a slightly flattened sorcerer. Make the rest of the sorcerers.
  4. In a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the sorcerers from two sides until a ruddy crust appears. And that they do not burn (this is possible due to the presence of sugar in the test), it is better to use a frying pan with non-stick or ceramic coating.
  5. Ready, enjoy the dessert!


A few recommendations:

  • To ensure that the meat is fully cooked while frying, and not left raw in the middle of the filling, you can pre-fry it together with the onions.But some recipes suggest further quenching, and this also allows for full heat treatment.
  • You can cook sorcerers not only in a frying pan, but also in the oven, then they will be more gentle and useful (do not forget to grease the pan with butter).
  • Serve sorcerers best hot, and preferably with sour cream or, for example, with sour cream and garlic sauce. And you can decorate them with parsley and dill.
  • Sorcerers do not require a side dish, but you can serve them with a salad or vegetables.
  • As a filling, you can also use vegetables, for example, cabbage, and both stewed and stewed.

Be sure to use the simple recipes of Belarusian sorcerers!

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