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Skybka or slice or, as it is also called, banky (emphasis on the last syllable) or "turnip baked on a spur" (Rakhiv style) is one of the typical dishes of Zakarpattia cuisine. It was often prepared by housewives both during the fasting season and in other seasons. It is very simple, because for its preparation, in fact, you need only one ingredient - potatoes, which are fried on a heated cast iron surface of the oven - called shpora or shparguty. In fact, this way you can fry not only potatoes, but also other vegetables or even meat. By the way, this dish inspired the Zakarpattia artist Jan Potrogosh to create a designer author's grill for cooking culinary masterpieces in this way.


  • Potato
  • Salt

To serve to taste (one of the options)

  • Oil
  • Brynza
  • Marinated mushrooms
  • Salo
  • Onion

The cooking process

  1. Preheat the stove (preferably on wood), but make sure that the cast iron surface is not too hot. Otherwise the potatoes will burn outside, but remain raw inside.
  2. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and cut into slices.
  3. Place slices on a warm surface. Fry without adding oil until the potatoes change color. Check the cooking status with the fork: the slices should be soft.
  4. Remove the skybka from the oven and, allowing it to cool slightly, serve. You can season it with oil, pickled mushrooms or stewed onions with lard.

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