Thüringer Klösse are THE traditional potato dumpling made from raw potatoes. In Thuringia, a state in the center of Germany, it is said that "a Sunday without dumplings is no Sunday at all."
What would Mutti serve with these dumplings?
Almost anything with gravy.
Another specialty Mutti had was “Sauerbraten.” Now that was a treat with these dumplings. This was a meal that Mutti would plan days in advance. The meat wa always tender, and the gravy was so-o-o good with these potato dumplings.
I remember spending hours with my Mom making Thüringer Klösse. My job? Peeling pounds and pounds of potatoes!
This, however, is not a pleasant memory.
Vati had built a potato storage bin in the basement under the stairs (As a child, the basement was my least favorite spot in the house!) Since the potatoes were already down there, and peeling can be a messy job, the laundry tubs were the place to do this.
Pounds and pounds of potatoes.
Or so it seemed. It was probably only about 10 pounds at a time, but for me, it seemed endless. Then grating them (OUCH - the fingers!). Then squeezing the grated potatoes to remove as much liquid as possible.
Then came mixing them with the other ingredients. Finally, they were ready to be cooked. A long process indeed! BUT I LOVED TO EAT THEM!!
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