Potato Dumplings, aka Kartoffelknödel in German, are easy to prepare.
📕 What are German Potato Dumplings?
The German Potato Dumplings are common round dumplings prepared with a potato dough.
The dumplings are served as a savory side dish in all the German-speaking countries such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Neighboring countries and former countries from the empire, such as South Tyrol (North Italy) and Slovenia count these potato dumplings to their traditional food.
Potato Gnocchi from Italy resemble the German Potato Dumplings.
In fact, the potato dough is quite a popular dough variety in central Europe and other dumplings and noodles are prepared with this dough as well.
👄 German names
Potato Dumplings are known as Kartoffelknödel or Kartoffelkloß in most parts of Germany.
In Austrian we call the Erdäpfelknödel, in Bavaria the potato dumplings are known as Reibeknödel.
The word for dumpling in German is "Knödel/Knoedel or Kloß/Kloss".
In North Germany, they will say Kloß and in the southern regions Knödel.
The Potato is known as Kartoffel in German.
In Austria and Bavaria potatoes are called Erdäpfel (literal translation Earth apple).
🔪 How to make them?
To prepare the potato dumplings you will need to follow simple steps.
Mash boiled potatoes.
Place mashed potatoes with flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and egg into a bowl.
Combine to a smooth dough.
Shape into balls.
Keep a pot with salt water to boil.
Drop dumpling balls into the boiling water.
Boil until they swim on top. Strain and serve up.
If you plan on eating the potato dumplings within 48 hours, prepare the dough and store it in the fridge until you get time to boil and eat them.
I think the dumplings taste better when freshly boiled.
You can boil the potato dumplings and keep in the fridge but then they tend to get chewy and hard.
To store the German potato dumplings over a longer period of time freeze them.
Prepare the dough, form the dumplings, cook them and then wrap them in a clean wrap.
Freeze the potato dumplings.
To take the frozen dumplings out, defrost in room temperature water and cook them again so that they get hot.
The savory potato dumplings are usually served with saucy/gravy-rich meat meals such as Beef Goulash.
Also, fall-themed meals such as a venison dish as served with these potato dumplings. Here are some more ideas.
Dear Reader, how and with what are you planning to serve the potato dumplings?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
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German Potato Dumplings Recipe
- 10.6 ounces Potato boiled, about 3 potatoes
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour + some more flour to shape dumplings
- ⅓ cup Corn Flour
- pinch Salt
- pinch Nutmeg
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Butter melted, optional *See Notes
- Place your peeled boiled potatoes in a bowl. Mash them.
- Add the all-purpose flour and corn flour to the potato mash. Season with a pinch of salt and finely scraped nutmeg.
- Mix the whole contents.
- Make a slight well in the center and drop the egg into it. Add the butter too if you want your dumplings to turn out more smooth.
- Mix the potato dough ingredients and start to create a dough by forming it gradually. The end result should be a smooth dough.
- Keep a pot with salt water to boil.
- Now shape your dumplings by taking some from the dough and rolling it into a round form. It helps to roll the dumplings out with flour because they can get sticky. Use up al the dough.
- Once the water is cooking, drop your dumplings into the water. Make sure that they don't stick on the bottom of the pot. Gently move them.
- Let the dumplings cook uncovered until they swim to the top.
- Take the dumplings out when they swim on top of the pot.
- See for serving and storing suggestions in the post further above.
- You may or may not add butter. This is up to you. I think the dumplings turn out more smooth with the butter but if you want to cut on fats than you can skip the Tbs.
- The cornflour makes the dumplings more elastic and maybe a bit lighter. You can choose to skip the cornflour and use simply all-purpose flour only instead.
- Do not skip the nutmeg. You need the nutmeg in the dumplings for flavor.
- Calorie per servings is for one dumpling.