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vepřenky pork patties recipe

Czech Vepřenky Pork Patties

Join me for a taste of Czech-style pork patties, called vepřenky. The recipe is straightforward to prepare, and the fried cakes have an absolutely delicious flavor.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Czech
Keyword Czech recipes, ground pork recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 patties


  • 1 lb (450 g) ground pork fat content around 20 %
  • 1 tsp sweet ground paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 and ½ cup white bread such as the French baguette
  • ¼ cup 60 ml cold water
  • vegetable oil for frying

For topping:

  • 2 onions peeled, cut into thin circles
  • 4 Tbsp yellow mustard


  • Cube the white bread, place the cubes in a bowl and cover with water. Let the bread soak in the water for about 10 minutes. Then remove the bread and squeeze out the excess water.
  • Put the ground pork in a bowl, add salt, sweet ground paprika, and cold water. Mix everything with your hands, knead well between your fingers until you get a smooth meat mass.
  • Add the squeezed bread and stir once more to combine. Do not knead the meat for too long; the mixture should be cold, it cannot be warm.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan to medium heat. Pour a little oil into the pan.
  • With wet hands, shape the meat mixture into patties 3-4 inches in size, about ⅓ inch thick.
  • Fry in heated oil on each side for about 3 minutes.


  1. Makes 10-12 pork patties.
  2. SERVING: Before serving, brush one side of each pork patty with yellow mustard. Arrange on a plate with the side dish, sprinkle the patties with onions cut into thin rings. Pork patties are served warm, as a side dish are suitable boiled or mashed potatoes, poured with melted butter.
  3. Vepřenky patties are a perfect on-the-go meal. Czechs put them smeared with mustard, garnished with onion rings, between two slices of rye bread and have a tasty snack when they go on a family trip.
  4. Use a non-stick frying pan and flip the patties carefully; sometimes, they tend to stick to the bottom of the pan.
  5. If you are not sure that the ground pork is sufficiently seasoned, fry a small sample of the meat in a pan. Taste to your liking if necessary.