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German Potato Dumplings

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


  • 3 pounds medium potatoes (about 10), peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large 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


  • 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.
  • Mash potatoes. Stir in flour, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and nutmeg. Shape into sixteen (2-in.) balls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.


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  • Nina
    Jan 1, 2021

    Made it, came out just like the video - loved it! The shape held up fine for me as well!

  • Kathleen
    Dec 8, 2020

    I haven't made these yet but after reading the reviews i had an idea. I cook my potatoes in the microwave, no water. They are nice and dry ,they come out perfect when making mashed potatoes.. I think this is the way to go.

  • Cassie
    Aug 31, 2020

    If your potato dumplings fall apart and just donand#039;t hold their shape, hereand#039;s the solution (shared by my Austrian boyfriend years ago). The secret is in the type of potato you use. Use red potatoes (aka new potatoes) -- not baking or Idaho or russet potatoes. Red-skinned potatoes have less starch than the others and do not absorb and retain as much of the boiling water. Also, we donand#039;t mash our potatoes; we grate them. Ratio of potatoes to flour: Once the potatoes are grated into the bowl, push them off to one side so that they fill 2/3 of the bowl; fill remaining 1/3 of the bowl with the flour. Also, we donand#039;t add bread crumbs.

  • AKEmily
    Jun 11, 2020

    Wonderful flavor. They complemented our sauerbraten beef. My dumplings did not hold their shape at all, so they came out as (delicious) potato blobs. I see some reviewers chilled theirs first, so I would try that next time.

  • Loleeta
    Jan 5, 2020

    I make these gluten free, use cornflour instead of flour. I don't include the breadcrumbs either. I make a bacon, spinach and mushroom mixture to stuff inside of them and serve them with a creamy paprika mushroom sauce.

  • Deborah
    Sep 21, 2019

    Just made these dumplings to go with Rouladen and Rotkohl (with apples)... delicious! Made an onion gravy to go with them and they are the perfect accompaniment to offset the rich flavour of nutmeg and the tartness of the red cabbage. I still need to work on getting the dumplings to perfection but this recipe was really helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  • James
    Jan 8, 2019

    To attempt to address those that found these bland - they are on their own. And like every potato dumpling I had in Germany. Think about it - what does a baked or boiled potato taste like with nothing on it? That is why these are the perfect accompaniment to certain German dishes - Sauerbraten is a perfect example with its gravy. These are not traditional with every German meal. To address the issue a bit I have taken to including whatever I want to match an entree. Some things I have added such items as caraway, parsley, fresh thyme, chives - whatever matches your entree. Also make free use of the brown butter and crumbs as called for here. But this remains about the most common recipe around. They are made for gravy and sauces. The only time I have (in a rush) has them fall apart I had forgotten the flour - duh on my part.

  • Gailanne
    Mar 2, 2018

    I'm sorry but these were without flavour or taste - I even boiled them in a broth rather than plain water. Perhaps in a stew with gravy and a LOT of seasoning. Terribly embarrassing to serve.

  • Naomie
    Dec 10, 2017

    Like Katia, chilling a bit can make a difference. My Austrian parents and grandmother's used to make these and like pjandmjsnider, a horseradish sauce was sometimes served with them. I remember having Sauerbraten with them too. Freezes well too if you want to make a big batch.

  • Katia
    Aug 4, 2017

    To help keep their shape, I chilled the dumplings for an hour or so in the fridge before boiling. Also I substituted sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. Served with sage butter and pasta. Yum!