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
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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 equals 367 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 524 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 9 g 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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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."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

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