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How to Make Dumplings

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Yummy German Potato Dumplings made Just like Oma!

Want to learn how to make dumplings, aka Klöße or Knödel, including the famous and very traditional potato dumplings? You'll find various recipes for those, plus some VERY strange ones in the list below as well.

The potato dumplings are more common in northern Germany and the bread dumplings in southern Germany. Why not give them all a try!


If you want to try something a bit different, there are the traditional bread dumplings that are so common in the Bavarian area of Germany.

Scrumptious Bavarian Bread Dumplings

It has an interesting method of making dumplings using leftover bread. The results are delicious. Great "soaker-uppers" of gravy!  

These bread dumplings were something I discovered on my first trip back to Germany after having left as a little girl. For me, dumplings ALWAYS meant potatoes. And, I really, really enjoyed my potato ones. 

It really took a step of faith to try these made with bread. Guess what? I got hooked! What a fabulous way to use up stale buns and bread. The only requirement was that one needs to have gravy :) That's true comfort food!

Comfort foods give one the feeling that “all’s good with the world”, a feeling that's needed especially during difficult times. Foods that are reminiscent of days-gone-by. Here are my favorites in my German Comfort Foods e-Cookbook written in English just for you: 

Sharing traditional German foods, made using easily available ingredients, ... that's such a delicious way to feel a 'hug' anytime of the year.

My Favorite Dumplings

My very favorite ones are the Thüringer Klösse. These are not only time consuming to make, but also quite a bit of work. Let me be more accurate ... these are my favorite ones to eat. As a child, these were not my favorite ones to make. I would spend, what seemed like hours (in my child's mind) peeling potatoes. :)

Easier are the potato dumplings made from cooked potatoes. Served with my rouladen alternative, flatladen, and sweet and sour red cabbage -- this is a favorite meal at our house.

These dumplings were one of my Mutti's favorites as well, because they were so quick to make. Of course, the homemade croutons in the middle add the extra touch of "delicious-ness".

Below you'll find various types of dumplings. Why not try them ALL and see which your favorites are?

Oma Says:

Make a Trial Dumpling First!

When I first started, and not knowing for sure if the dough would hold together, I'd just make all the dumplings at once and put them in the pot of gently boiling water.

After my first flop when they all fell apart, I learned to always try one dumpling first. If it held together, I'd form the rest and cook them then.

How to make Dumplings ...


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