German Potato Dumplings
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
- 3 pounds medium potatoes (about 10), peeled and quartered
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 12 cups water
- BROWNED BUTTER SAUCE:
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1 tablespoon chopped onion
- 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
- Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
- Mash potatoes. Stir in flour, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and nutmeg. Shape into sixteen (2-in.) balls.
- In a Dutch oven, bring 12 cups water to a boil. Carefully add dumplings. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 7-9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, heat butter and onion over medium heat. Heat 5-7 minutes or until butter is golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in bread crumbs. Serve with dumplings.
Nutrition Facts2 dumplings with 2 tablespoons sauce: 367 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.
Jun 11, 2020
Wonderful flavor. They complemented our sauerbraten beef. My dumplings did not hold their shape at all, so they came out as (delicious) potato blobs. I see some reviewers chilled theirs first, so I would try that next time.
Jan 5, 2020
I make these gluten free, use cornflour instead of flour. I don't include the breadcrumbs either. I make a bacon, spinach and mushroom mixture to stuff inside of them and serve them with a creamy paprika mushroom sauce.
Sep 21, 2019
Just made these dumplings to go with Rouladen and Rotkohl (with apples)... delicious! Made an onion gravy to go with them and they are the perfect accompaniment to offset the rich flavour of nutmeg and the tartness of the red cabbage. I still need to work on getting the dumplings to perfection but this recipe was really helpful. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 8, 2019
To attempt to address those that found these bland - they are on their own. And like every potato dumpling I had in Germany. Think about it - what does a baked or boiled potato taste like with nothing on it? That is why these are the perfect accompaniment to certain German dishes - Sauerbraten is a perfect example with its gravy. These are not traditional with every German meal. To address the issue a bit I have taken to including whatever I want to match an entree. Some things I have added such items as caraway, parsley, fresh thyme, chives - whatever matches your entree. Also make free use of the brown butter and crumbs as called for here. But this remains about the most common recipe around. They are made for gravy and sauces. The only time I have (in a rush) has them fall apart I had forgotten the flour - duh on my part.
Mar 2, 2018
I'm sorry but these were without flavour or taste - I even boiled them in a broth rather than plain water. Perhaps in a stew with gravy and a LOT of seasoning. Terribly embarrassing to serve.
Dec 10, 2017
Like Katia, chilling a bit can make a difference. My Austrian parents and grandmother's used to make these and like pjandmjsnider, a horseradish sauce was sometimes served with them. I remember having Sauerbraten with them too. Freezes well too if you want to make a big batch.
Aug 4, 2017
To help keep their shape, I chilled the dumplings for an hour or so in the fridge before boiling. Also I substituted sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. Served with sage butter and pasta. Yum!
Jan 25, 2015
The key to keeping them from falling apart is to be quite firm in shaping them. They have to good and solid or as my German great grandmother would say: dicht.
Oct 16, 2014
These had a doughy texture and not much flavor.
Oct 6, 2014
Everything seemed fine up through forming the dumplings, but when I added them to the water they fell apart. In the end I only had 4 whole dumplings and then lots of little potato pieces. We could still eat them but it was disappointing.