German potato dumplings are a staple side dish with just about any meat in Germany. They love potatoes in many forms and dumplings are no exception. They call them kartoffelkloesse. They also make them with a little surprise crunch of a homemade crouton in the middle of the dumpling. They are delicious especially with the rich gravy from the sauerbraten. If you were to have any left over (which may be doubtful) you can slice them up and fry them in butter the next day for an awesome treat.
Kartoffelkloesse (German Potato Dumplings)
- 1 1 ⁄2 lbs russet potatoes about 2 large
- 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 ⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 ⁄2 cup all-purpose flour or more
- 1 ⁄8 cup cornstarch or potato starch, much preferred, if you can get it
- 1 large egg
- 2 slices sourdough bread or 2 slices white bread good quality bread
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Remove the crust from the bread
- Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes and fry in butter and oil mixture until golden brown, transfer to paper towel to dry.
- Cook scrubbed, unpeeled potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 45 minutes.
- Drain. let cool enough to handle.
- Cut potatoes into large pieces.
- Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.
- Mash potatoes with fork or potato masher
- Mix in salt and nutmeg.
- Add 1/2 cup flour and cornstarch.
- Using hands, knead mixture in bowl until smooth dough forms, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is sticky.
- Mix in egg.
- Form dough into balls, using 1/4 cupful for each.
- Insert bread cube into center of each dumpling; roll dumpling between palms to enclose bread cube completely and form smooth balls.
- Working in batches, cook dumplings in large pot of nearly boiling salted water 10-15 minutes (or until dumplings rise to top).
- Using slotted spoon, transfer dumplings to large bowl.
- Keep covered with a damp kitchen towel as remaining dumplings are cooked.
- You may need to cook the dumplings in batches, you don't want them touching while cooking.
- Guten Appetit!