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Calabrian “Curujicchi” | Savory Italian Donut Recipe

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

A Calabrian delicacy, this version of the highly regional "curujicchia" hails from the village of Dasà. A light, fluffy and savory potato donut, it is typically eaten on Christmas Eve but is absolutely delicious any time of year.


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Calabrian Curujicchi | Savory Italian Potato Donuts


How to Make the Best Potato Donuts


Treating the potato(es) correctly will go a long way to making sure you achieve the perfect curujicchi texture. Be sure to boil your potato with the skin on—this will help it from absorbing too much water.


It’s also important to get the right ratio of potato to donut. Because every potato holds a different amount of water, depending on how fresh it is, you’ll need to weigh the amount you need after boiling it. We recommend starting with a really big russet potato to make sure you have enough in the end. Worst case, you’ll have some extra mashed potatoes to eat!


The amount of water needed to mix into the dough can also vary. Start with a small amount, about 1/4 cup, and gradually add more until you arrive at a dough that is soft and smooth but not sticky. Don’t worry, you can always remedy a sticky dough with a little extra flour.


Craving Something Sweet?


In Dasà, curujicchi are sometimes served sweet instead of savory, but not by adding sugar into the dough. Simply try dipping a curujicchia into some honey!



Watch the Pasta Grammar video where we make curujicchi here:




CURUJICCHI RECIPE


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Makes: 8-10 donuts

Cook Time: Up to 8 hours, mostly unattended


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1-2 large russet potatoes (you’ll need to measure out 250g AFTER boiling)

  • 4 1/8 cups (500g) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 1/4 tsp (3.5g or half a packet) active dry yeast

  • 2 tsp (10g) salt

  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying

  • Medium saucepan or pot

  • Kitchen scale

  • Potato ricer or masher

  • Large bowl

  • Knife

  • Plastic wrap

  • Deep skillet or frying pan

  • Tongs or 2 forks

  • Paper towels


Boil the potato(es), skin on, until a paring knife can easily be inserted (about 45 minutes). Drain the potato and allow it to cool to the touch. Peel the potato and measure out 250 grams with a kitchen scale. Save the remainder for use elsewhere or discard.


Pour the flour into a pile on a large work surface and use your hand to form a depression in the center, making a volcano shape. Use a potato ricer to mash the 250g of potato into the center (you can also mash the potato in a separate bowl with a masher or fork, then add it to the flour). Add the yeast as well and roughly mix all together by hand.


Time to start mixing water into the dough. You want just enough to bind the dough without making it sticky, and the amount will depend on the quality of the potatoes/flour. Start by adding 1/4 cup (60ml) of water plus the salt. Knead the water in until it is well-incorporated. If the dough is still dry, continue to knead in a small amount more at a time until the dough is soft and smooth but not sticky. If you go too far and the dough becomes sticky, simply dust it with a little more flour.



Form the dough into a ball. Dust a large bowl with flour and place the dough into it. Dust it with some more flour, then use a sharp knife to make a big, shallow “X”-shaped incision on top. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 4-6 hours, or until it doubles in size.


Fill a large skillet with 2-3 inches of olive oil and bring up to a high temperature on the stovetop. No need for thermometers—just drop a small morsel of dough in to see if it's ready. When the oil bubbles furiously upon contact, it is hot enough to fry.


While the oil heats, break off a handful of dough about the size of a baseball and roll this under your palms until it forms a short "rope" about 12 inches (30.5cm) long. Press the ends together to form a donut shape and place on a surface dusted with flour. Repeat with the remainder of the dough to form 8-10 donuts.


Fry the curujicchi one at a time or in batches of 2-3, depending on how big your frying pan is. Carefully place each donut into the oil and fry, turning often with forks or tongs, until golden brown on all sides. You may need to hold them vertical to fry the sides evenly.


Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to cool slightly. Serve fresh and warm.


Buon appetito!



Want to try a delicious, potato dessert? Give "Torta di Patate" a try! Looking for more Calabrian recipes? Check out our spicy Calabrian pesto recipe!

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Killian Moore
Killian Moore
Aug 01, 2023

In other recipes you list 4g yeast as 1tsp

Since 3.5g is less shouldn't this be just over 3/4 tsp?

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joe lento
joe lento
Feb 28, 2021

HELP: For this recipe, you will need:

- 500g (a little over 4 cups, but we recommend weighing it) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

BUT using metric converter

500g = 2 cups + 1 tbsp


What is correct conversion/how much flour used for this recipe?

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joe lento
joe lento
Mar 23, 2021
Replying to

I used wet conversion formula that was not correct. Actual conversion for flour is 500g = 3cups + 2 tbsp

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Joshua Wessel
Joshua Wessel
Jan 21, 2021

Love your content! My family heritage is from Reggio de Calabria (Fida Family :) )and I grew up having Sunday meals with my Nonna and papa. I wanted to bring this tradition back and let my kids experience true Italian meals so I recently began cooking Sunday meals for my family. Your videos give me a lot of ideas and tips and I really appreciate it. this week my wife wanted something sweet for after the meal. i think I will try your cannoli recipe! Your videos bring back so much joy from my childhood, keep up the great content! Especially loved the trips to the grocery stores, so any more tips for buying local is greatly appreciated!

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Joanne Carpenter
Joanne Carpenter
Jan 20, 2021

Will do. Thank you and hope you get to Iowa not only to try some unusual food (Even Fried Twinkles on a stick) But our Peaches and Cream corn on the cob. Sooo yummy can't be beat. Iowa is know for corn.

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Pasta Grammar
Pasta Grammar
Jan 20, 2021

@Joanne Carpenter - Ciao! We don’t have our cannoli recipe on the website yet but it’s published in one of our video descriptions: https://youtu.be/XfzeB1Mfox4 Let us know if you try it!

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