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."
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!!
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.
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