Monday, March 1, 2010

Knödel / Knoedel / Knedlici are NOT REALLY dumplings

Semmelknödel as I make them:

  • old dry French bread (two three days after baker)
  • egg
  • flour
  • maybe milk

  • bacon cubes
  • parsley
  • pepper

  • boiling salted water


Cut or rasp old bread. If you have a breakfast bowl, swirl egg (maybe milk) and pepper in bottom and add bread until it all can soak and until the bowl is full.

When it has soaked for an hour, turn down flour* - if it gets too hard add more egg or milk, too soft add more flour, until the paste is about as stiff as plasticine. Then boil.

First boil the salted water to ebullition, as they say here in France, then add the knoedels one by one, forming them with fist or big tablespoon. Each one first floats, then sinks, and when it floats up again is ready to eat.

Eaten alone or with sausages, ham, and such. Same goes for sauerkraut.

*I have - due to poverty - never done it with bacon and parsley, but if you do, add along with flour, I think.

Potato knoedel or Swedish kroppkakor:

Use mashed potatoes instead of old bread, use allspice instead of pepper. Take away parsil, add instead onion along with bacon, do not add them into dough, but make a parcel and fold dough around it. Eaten among other ways as a meal with melted butter.

3 comments:

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

Why are they not dumplings? Because dumlings are smaller and eaten in soup.

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

Oh, Mary and Stephanie, was the small town or village called "Twinkle Belle"?

Is it same county as Potsdam?

IN St Lawrence County official site, I found no such thing as Twinkle Belle

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

On the other hand, that phrase, spelled Twinkle Bell seems to have something to do with a snow fairy in the highly fictitious sailor moon series.

Sure you were not a bit lost in animé?

I mean I like Love Hina (identifying as I do with Keitaro) but Sailor Moon seems to celebrate astrological idolatry or something.