Classic German Potato Dumplings are one of Germany's most popular comfort foods. Tender potatoes are combined with egg yolk, butter, and a hint of nutmeg. Simple and delicious!
In Germany, potato dumplings are known as Kartoffelklösse. Say that three times fast. But although the recipe might be hard to pronounce making it is quite straightforward.
As with most traditional German recipes, there can be regional differences. Some recipes you raw potatoes to make potato dumplings. While I'm sure they are delicious as well, it was not common in my family.
Why This Recipe Works
Classic - This German potato dumpling recipe is a classic. Keep in mind there are different versions of this recipe. Some use less starch, some more, some use croutons or bread crumbs, others don't. This is the recipe that I grew up with and the one my family loves.
Leftovers - I love making a large batch of potato dumplings. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover dumplings is to slice them in half and fry them in butter. Drizzle with some fresh parsley and enjoy. Delicious!
Easy Ingredients - Chances are that you don't even have to go shopping to make this recipe.
POTATOES - Look for starch potatoes like Russet or Yukon Gold. Both of them are great choices.
EGGS - For this recipe, you'll only need egg yolks. Save the egg whites to whip up an egg whites omelet.
BUTTER - This is an example when there are really no good substitutions. For this recipe, you'll want to use unsalted butter. Why unsalted? I recommend unsalted butter for all of my recipes because the amount of salt varies from brand to brand. Salt can make or break a recipe and you'll want to be in control of how much you feel comfortable adding.
POTATO FLOUR - You'll find potato flour in most supermarkets. You can also use cornstarch or potato starch.
NUTMEG - Nutmeg is a staple in many German recipes. It adds a warm, slightly sweet nutty flavor and a little goes a long way. You can find ground nutmeg in the spice aisle of any supermarket. Alternatively, you can buy whole nutmegs and grind them with a zester. (That's what I do.)
How To Make German Potato Dumplings
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- Boil the potatoes in a large pot of cold water.
- Pass cooked potatoes through a potato ricer.
- Add riced potatoes, egg yolks, salt, melted butter, nutmeg, and potato starch into a large bowl and mix until the potato dough is well combined.
- Shape the dough into potato balls.
- Boil water in a large pot. Once the water is boiling, add salt, and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Drop the dumplings into hot water and cook uncovered until the potato dumplings rise to the surface of the water.
- Remove potato dumplings with a slotted spoon.
Recipe Success Tips
- BOILING POTATOES: Don't cut the potatoes too small. The larger the pieces of potatoes absorb less liquid. This allows the cooked to combine more easily with the other ingredients you'll need to make the dumplings. Larger pieces will need to cook longer, so adjust your cooking time, if necessary.
I'm impatient, so I cut the potatoes into medium-sized chunks.
- Shaping the potatoes. Wet your hands with water. This will make it easier to shape the potato balls.
- Help! My potatoes are falling apart. Whenever you're making dumplings, it's best to check your dough by making a test dumpling. Instead of dropping a whole batch into the boiling water, add just one. If it falls apart add more potato starch to your dough.
What To Serve With German Potato Dumplings
More Easy Side Dishes
- Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Red Cabbage - deliciously sweet and tart side dish
- Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Spätzle - classic German egg noodle side dish
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes - the ultimate comfort food
- Place potatoes into a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Add a ½ tablespoon of salt. Cover with a lid and continue to boil until potatoes are soft. About 15-20 minutes.
Making The Dough
- Pass the cooked potatoes through a potato ricer into a large bowl. Add egg yolks, salt, melted butter, nutmeg, and potato starch.
- Mix the dough until well combined. Shape the dough into 2-3 inch dough balls. It's easiest to have slightly wet hands.
Cooking The Potato Dumplings
- Use a large pot and bring water to a boil. Once boiling, add a ½ tablespoon of salt, reduce heat to a simmer. Use a slotted spoon to drop dumplings into the lightly boiling water.
- Cook uncovered in gently simmering water until the potato dumplings rise to the top. About 15-20 minutes. Remove potato dumplings with a slotted spoon. Serve and enjoy.