Instant Mashed Potato Dumplings

by Jeff McCade
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

My mother grew up in Berlin during the war and the blockade as well. Potatoes were not readily available, but they did get instant mashed potatoes and adapted recipes to use them. One of these was potato dumplings. I have found them to be a great time saver in the kitchen.

3 eggs
2 cups instant mashed potatoes
1.5 cups water or milk
2+/- cups of flour
salt, pepper, parsley, cooked bacon, sauteed onions to taste or as desired.

Mix all ingredients, except the flour, in a large bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Then add flour until dough is a consistency to be able to roll into balls.

Boil pot of salted water, and drop balls into water. Boil gently until they float and are cooked through and they are ready to serve. If you have any left over, they are great fried with a dollop of sour cream.

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Thank you
by: KM

Just wanted to thank you Jeff for this wonderful recipe. Have used it many times now. It's just great. I almost prefer them to the real ones.

Thanks again.

german potatoe salad balls
by: top chef

I cut back on the milk a bit (1/4 cup) and added vinegar + 2 Tbs brown sugar for a german potato salad taste, it"s Delicious!!!

Thanks for the recipe
by: Anonymous

Great recipe. Have used it now so many times when I am in a pinch.

Best recipe for potato dumplings ever!

Thanks a million.

Karen

Thank you!
by: Linsey

Thank you for a delicious recipe! So easy and just as good as potato dumplings made with home-cooked potatoes. Served them with a shoulder of lamb casserole yummy!

Hoppel Poppel
by: Anonymous

Is actually a recipe from the Boehmerwald. It is made with left over potato dumplings and other leftovers. Usually stirred together with eggs.
Don't know about the children's rhyme.
But the Boehmerwald is a long way from Berlin.

Wartime Rationing
by: Cor Blimey

Thanks for the recipe. I will use it.
I'll bet your mother didn't use those eggs during the war though! My mother - with British rationing - could hardly get dried eggs.

Gluten-free Potato Dumplings
by: Anonymous

Easy, just make the recipe as usual and be generous with the potato flour and add a little of your favourite gluten-free flour as well! Rice flour works just fine, just let it sit for about ten minutes before testing for consistency.

What about gluten-free dumplings?
by: Krautmeister B

Has anybody ever tried substituting potato flour or quinoa for the all-purpose flour? Those of us who are German and gluten-intolerant need some help in making dumplings.

Hoppel Poppel
by: Jeff

You wrote a while back on my Instant Mashed Potato Dumpling recipe that you were curious as to the name meaning of "Hoppel Poppel". At first, I thought it might have been Berliner dialect but it turns out that this is the story . . .

The name Hoppel Poppel doesn't actually mean anything but is taken from an old children's poem called Pottkieker (literally "The person who peeked into the pot") which goes:

"Mummy, Mummy, what's in the pot?",
to which the mother rather impolitely replies
"Hoppel, Poppel, Appelreis,
mach' dich fort, Naseweis.
"


("hoppel, poppel, apple rice,
now get lost, nosy child")

Check the Noodles/Dumpling link
by: Gerhild

Hi Jeff,

If you check out the "Noodles/Dumplings" link on the Navigation Bar on the left, you'll find the link to the recipe, as well as on the "All Recipes" directory page.

Please send in any more recipes that you have, especially from Berlin - my Mom came from there as well and the traditional recipe I have from there is "Hoppel Poppel". I'd love to know what that name means!


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by: Jeff McCade

Thank you for posting. Question though... I do not find it in the directory

Jeff - it'll be there soon. Having a bit of a problem with updating that page. Thanks for the recipe. It's one I'm going to try real soon.

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