Grandma’s Potato Dumplings

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
Don't be surprised if you make too many mashed potatoes on purpose. Day-old rolls and leftover spuds are scrumptious the second time around, turned into buttery potato dumplings. —Wendy Stenman, Germantown, Wisconsin
Grandma's Potato Dumplings Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 day-old hard rolls
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed


  1. Tear rolls into 1/2-in. pieces; place in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with water and squeeze dry.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add torn rolls; cook and stir until lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine potatoes, egg, nutmeg and bread. Add enough flour to achieve a shaping consistency. With floured hands, shape mixture into 3-in. balls.
  4. Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds full with water; bring to a boil. Carefully add dumplings. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean, 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Heat until golden brown, 4-6 minutes.
  5. Serve warm dumplings with butter.

Nutrition Facts

1 dumpling with 1 tablespoon butter: 255 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.