Do you want to know how to make German dumplings? German or Bavarian dumplings are an old-fashioned comfort food that is traditionally made with potatoes or flour. They have a chewy consistency that goes well with gravy and pan juices. German dumplings can also be made in small or large sizes depending on what you are pairing them with. They are very easy to make, with many varieties to choose from. This keeps your recipes fresh and allows you to experiment with new flavors. Traditional German dumplings are made as follows, but the recipe can be altered to taste.
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
- ¾ tsp of salt
- ¼ tsp of white pepper
- 1 tbsp minced chervil or Italian flat-leaf parsley
- ½ cup milk or water
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- Large pot
- Spatzle cutter, large-hole colander or pastry bag (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients, except the butter, in a large bowl. Add liquid until batter resembles a thick crepe batter.
- Beat the batter in a circular motion for five minutes using a wooden spoon or spatula. Try to get as much air into the dough as possible. Allow it to rest for ten minutes and then repeat the process for another five minutes.
- Fill a large pot with water, season with salt and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat until water is at a simmer.
- Using a spatzle cutter, colander or pastry bag, drop small amounts of the dough into the simmering water. If using a colander, press the dough through the large holes with a spatula or simply form them with your hands.
- Dumplings are done when they float to the surface. Remove them with a slotted spoon and rinse with cold water. These can be wrapped in a towel and used the next day.
- To reheat, place dumplings and melted butter on a large baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until golden brown and crispy.
German dumplings can be served with veal or pork chops in a sour cream gravy sauce. Additionally, uncooked dumplings can be dipped in egg white, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. They can be added to soups, seeped in gravy or served with a goulash. Ingredients that can be added to the dough to provide flavor are chives, onion, garlic, bacon bits as well as many fresh herbs. There are so many different ways of enjoying German dumplings that you will never get bored with the possibilities.