➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
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!
In the north, using either cooked potatoes, grated raw potatoes, or a combination of the two, having potato dumplings is one of the most traditional sides served for special occasions. This is German food at its best!
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.
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!
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?
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.
Cheese Spätzle is a traditional German noodle dish. A sort of Germanized version of 'Mac & Cheese', only better! Käsespätzle - YUM!
This vegan German-style Leek and Lentil Stew with Potatoes (Linseneintopf mit Kartoffeln und Lauch) is my new favorite recipe. It's quick and easy to prepare, filling, and delicious.
This German streusel fruit tart, Obstkuchen mit Streusel, uses either fresh or canned fruit, such as apricots, peaches, cherries. A delicious treat, just like Oma bakes.
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