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Kartoffelkloesse (German Potato Dumplings)

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"Just what the name implies, these are German-style potato dumplings, as found everywhere in the South of Germany, Austria, and Bohemia. These are traditionally served with any roast with gravy, but most well known as an accompaniment for a hearty Sauerbraten and red cabbage. Like polenta, second-day leftovers are a treat when sliced into slabs and fried in butter."
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2 h 3 m servings 216
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Remove crust and slice bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat butter and oil together in a skillet over medium heat; fry bread cubes until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain; allow to cool slightly. Peel and cut into large pieces. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate about 30 minutes.
  3. Mash potatoes with a fork; stir in salt and nutmeg. Add flour and cornstarch. Knead mixture in bowl, using your hands, until a smooth dough forms. Add more flour by tablespoon if dough is sticky. Mix in egg.
  4. Roll dough into balls, 1/4 cup per dumpling. Insert a bread cube into the center of each dumpling; roll between palms to smooth over.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water nearly to a boil. Place 4 dumplings at a time into the pot; cook until they float to the surface, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer cooked dumplings to a large bowl using a slotted spoon; keep warm. Repeat with remaining dumplings.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Potato starch is much preferable to cornstarch, if you can find it.
  • When boiling, place no more than 4 or 5 dumplings in your pot at any one time in order to prevent them from sticking together or touching during cooking, which will cause them to fall apart.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 216 calories; 5.4 36.7 5.6 36 655 Full nutrition

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