German Potato Dumplings Recipe
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German Potato Dumplings Recipe

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Potato dumplings (called Kartoffel Kloesse in Germany) are a delightful addition to any German feast. The browned butter sauce is delectable.—Arline Hofland, Deer Lodge, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 pounds medium potatoes (about 10), peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

2 dumplings with 2 tablespoons sauce: 367 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Mash potatoes. Stir in flour, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and nutmeg. Shape into sixteen (2-in.) balls.
  3. In a Dutch oven, bring 12 cups water to a boil. Carefully add dumplings. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 7-9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, heat butter and onion over medium heat. Heat 5-7 minutes or until butter is golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in bread crumbs. Serve with dumplings. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Potato Dumplings in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p232

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bunelyn User ID: 8228599 218783
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"The key to keeping them from falling apart is to be quite firm in shaping them. They have to good and solid or as my German great grandmother would say: dicht."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 171492
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"These had a doughy texture and not much flavor."

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 171223
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Everything seemed fine up through forming the dumplings, but when I added them to the water they fell apart. In the end I only had 4 whole dumplings and then lots of little potato pieces. We could still eat them but it was disappointing."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 140238
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"This was good and relatively simple to make. I threw everything into the mixer. Once it was smooth, the potatoes were cool enough to handle. However, this really heated up the kitchen with the constant boiling of water. The dumplings were very good, but I'm not sure I would make again."

Cindyc_9864 User ID: 6946824 111267
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"For the amount of work involved, these were not very good. Bland and mushy. I think I'd rather just have the mashed potatoes with gravy."

cindiak User ID: 221828 170404
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"These are excellent. I've also served them with gravy and the dumplings just soak it up."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 102517
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I was so excited to make these dumplings as an alternative to spaetzle for our Oktoberfest style dinner. I thought I'd be clever and save time by using packaged mashed potatoes but apparently that was a big mistake. The dumplings were very mushy---but very, very tasty. I'll use the real deal next time (and there will be a next time for sure!)"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 84938
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"These dumplings have great flavor and texture and are the perfect fall comfort food."

pjandmjsnider User ID: 4704388 209576
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"These are like my mother made, the only thing we did different, was to make a white horseradish sauce to put on them."

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