Potato dumplings (Kartoffelknödel) are a traditional side dish in Germany, but this is just one type of dumpling. There are endless variations of this potato dumpling recipe.
Read on to learn how to make this German potato dumpling recipe all year long, for mere pennies per serving.
Homemade potato dumplings are easy to make, and few side dishes or main entrées say comfort any louder than delicious potato dumplings made from scratch. We love serving these with almost any meat dish like our simple Swiss steak, classic beef bourguignon, or braised beef.
There are many different types of dumplings recipes, and this simple recipe is similar to what you would expect with a chicken and dumplings dish. This version is less floury and more potato-forward than those types of dumplings.
What's in this kartoffelknödel recipe
- Russet Potatoes
- Eggs and Egg Whites
- Potato or Corn Starch
How to make potato dumplings
(Full recipe and complete directions are found at the end of this post.)
We like to use Russet potatoes to make these because they are starchy potatoes. Yukon-Gold potatoes are also a good choice as an all-purpose potato.
1. Start by washing between two and three pounds of Russet potatoes. Use a fork to poke some ventilation holes in the raw potatoes and then place them in a hot oven for about an hour.
2. When they are done, allow them to cool slightly. The best way to mash the potatoes is with apotato ricer
3. Next, you are going to evenly distribute the riced potatoes on a baking sheet and then allow them to dry out overnight in the fridge, or place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
4. While the potatoes are chilling, mix up the other ingredients.
5. Place the chilled riced potatoes in a large bowl and slowly incorporate the flour mixture with the potatoes.
6. When the mixture looks uniform, add the eggs, working them in with a fork until just mixed.
7. Once everything is mixed, use both hands to form the potato mixture into a ball. Knead it lightly a few times until it forms a homogenous, smooth dough.
8. Using light and even pressure, form the potato dumplings. Break off small pieces of the potato dough to form potato balls about the size of golf balls.
Now you're ready to cook them in a pot of water with a little bit of salt.
9. Once you add the dumplings to the boiling water, reduce to medium heat to a low boil. A hard boil can cause them to break apart, which you don't want!
Just like magic, they will begin to float to the surface of the water as they cook. You're going to allow them to rest on the top surface for six minutes before removing them from the pot.
10. Use a slotted spoon to place the cooked potato dumplings in a Dutch oven
Melt butter and slather the potato dumplings.
How to season these
We like to add some parsley, chives, or other fresh herbs to these potato dumplings. Some other ideas might include:
- Parmesan cheese
- Tomato sauce
Use whatever sounds tasty to you and then cover them and place in a hot oven for six or seven minutes.
What to serve with potato dumplings
This is a popular side dish in our home. We like to serve potato dumplings with a savory meat entrée, like our braised pork shoulder recipe. Our fried red cabbage recipe also makes for a nice compliment, full of color and savory flavor.
Crusty bread and homemade dinner rolls are also great choices to go with these!
Our Creamy Mushroom Sauce also goes well with these.
Common questions about these
You can store these for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. To reheat potato dumplings, simmer them in a saucepan with a little water added until the middle of the dumpling is warm.
You can reheat these in a microwave on low power for 1 to 2 minutes.
Yes! You can freeze potato dumplings for later use. These make a great addition to stews and soup. Just be sure to freeze them.
Potato dumplings and Italian gnocchi are both made out of potatoes. They can both be served as a main dish or a side. That's about all they have in common.
Potato gnocchi is much smaller and rolled to hold the sauce. Dumplings are quite a bit larger and not usually served with a sauce.
Are you looking for some more easy potato side dishes? Here are a few of my favorites!
More recipes for dumplings
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Homemade Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelknödel) Recipe
- 2 lbs Russet potatoes baked, peeled, cooled, riced.
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- ¾ cup flour all-purpose
- 2 tbsp potato starch or corn starch
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 quarts water
- ½ cup butter melted
- 2 tbsp parseley fresh chopped
- 1 tbsp chives freash chopped
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Wash potatoes, pierce the skins with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about an hour or until you can easily pierce through the potatoes with a paring knife.
- Allow the potatoes to cool slightly. Remove skins and then use a potato ricer to end up with 24 oz. of riced potatoes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and evenly spread the riced potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator overnight, uncovered to use the next day, or in the freezer for 20 minutes if you are making these the same day.
- Using a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs and egg yolks together until blended. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the flour, potato starch, nutmeg, and salt and pepper (to taste).
- Transfer the chilled potatoes to a medium-size mixing bowl and add the flour all at once and gently cut it into the potatoes until evenly combined. Do not over-mix. Then add the eggs.
- Use a fork to uniformly combine the mixture. Then take both hands and form a ball, lightly packing it together.
- Place water in a large pot, add a little salt, and bring the salted water to a boil. In the meantime, break off small pieces of the potato dough and form golf ball-sized dumplings of similar sizes, between the palms of your hands, using light but firm pressure.
- When the water comes to a boil, place half the dumplings into the pot and reduce heat to a low boil. When the dumplings float to the top, leave in the water for six more minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a Dutch oven. You should end up with about 24 dumplings and can boil them in two batches. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- Slather the melted butter over the dumplings, then add fresh herbs and gently stir the dumplings to ensure even an even distribution. Cover the dumplings and place in hot oven for about seven minutes. Remove from oven and then serve immediately.
- Russet potatoes will give you a nice starchy mix to work with for this recipe.
- When boiling the dumplings, replace any water that may be lost to evaporation.
I shouldn't be reading this. Seriously! My mouth is watering and my stomach is growling. Your potato dumplings make a perfect side with any meat. I can't wait to make some.
Yum! These would go over really well with my Czech fella. They remind me of something his mom makes around the holidays. So tasty looking!
I have never made potato dumplings myself. And I didn't know they were so easy. This looks great. I must try soon.
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Do you know I have never made dumplings as a side? I usually pop them on top of a stew or soup to cook them but cooking them separately like this is a great idea, I'm going to have to try it.
Wow, these potato dumplings are so cute! I would love to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Thank you for sharing this great recipe and I am pinning this recipe for later!
I've never heard of these before but now i'll have to try them! I love dumplings and potatoes, so I can't pass this up
I thought I knew about everything potato...but clearly not cause I've never heard of these! I've now added them to my meal plan so I can add another potato variation to my repertoire. Thanks for this simple and delicious looking recipe!
I love the dumplings that come with soup or stew ... this recipe gives me the option to have their goodness without making a pot of soup! Thanks!
I've only had dumplings in chicken and dumplings and they are by far my favorite part of the dish! I LOVE that these are served as a side - I'm going to eat way too many haha!
oh now this is a new one on me never heard of them. Our potato dumpling is gnocchi. I guess we would love this with a big pot roast dinner they sure look yummy!