Potato Dumplings

"My Dad always made this family recipe when I was growing up. I'm sure he'll be proud to see I like it enough to share! These are the REAL thing!.......original German potato dumplings!"
photo by M. G. photo by M. G.
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  • Peel 10-12 medium potatoes (about 7 cups).
  • In a large bowl, shred potatoes. I have a 7 cup food processor and it makes the job really quick. Otherwise, a hand grater is all you need.
  • In a separate small bowl -- mix the eggs and salt and pepper.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the shredded potatoes and using your hands, mix well.
  • Gradually add in the flour, again using your hands. This is very heavy and gooey and is usually too much work for your mixer or it's blades.
  • Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil.
  • Using a generous amount of flour on your hands, scoop a handful of the potato mixture into your hands and form into a ball. Place each dumpling on a cookie sheet for an easy transfer to the boiling water. (Recipe makes 10-12 baseball sized dumplings.).
  • Once water reaches a rolling boil, gently add each dumpling and continue to boil until the dumplings float.
  • Remove the dumplings from the water using a slotted spoon or strainer spoon and place in serving dish. Best served hot with gravy or sauerkraut.
  • Dumplings also make one of the best leftover breakfast items ever! Chop into bite sized pieces and saute with butter and garlic salt to put a crowd pleasing twist on traditional hashbrowns!

Questions & Replies

  1. Precook not presale
  2. what is presale
  3. Can you presale the dumplings and cook them later?
  4. Hi, do I put the caraway seeds in the mixture, or in the broth? Thank you.


  1. I learned how to make these kind of potato dumplings (raw grated potatoes) from my mother, who was from Norwegian heritage. She dropped them in split pea soup to cook; they were done when they floated to the top. She also called them respakaka (not sure of the spelling). They were served with the soup, with melted butter on top! I'm glad to know that others have experienced these dumplings. I've made split pea soup with respakakas for as long as I've cooked. My family and friends look forward to them!
  2. I am shocked and dismayed to see this recipe. I am in my 40’s and this is a recipe that my German Grandmother uses to make when I was a child. They are so delicious, my grandmother use to drop them in to a chicken based soup, she called them rusp-a-kaka, I do not know how she spelled it but that is fanatically what it sounds like. I remember begging her to make these when we would go visit. My mother never made these but one year I searched my memory bank because I always watched her. This is almost exactly what I did other then the flour I just added enough until they stuck together and that might have been how much I used. Plus no caraway seeds, and that may have been because my grandpa had false teeth At any rate I am happy to see that someone else has enjoyed these potato dumplings as much as I have. Thanks for sharing a memory
  3. I am going to try the raw potatoe dumplings and find out if my mom who has passed away and I want to see if these are the same raw potatoe dumplings if not and this recipe is close to the same as my mom made I will the rest of the recipe my mom made.y Dad brought my mom from Wisburge Polish boarder I will post her recipe ànd a few other German Recipes my mom made....
  4. as a child my German grandmother use to always make these with bits of side pork or bacon added they were always my favorite I love them and have made them many times for my family who also enjoy them so many wonderful memories helping her
  5. I tried these dumplings. They fell apart. Just the flour cooked. The potatoes boiled off. I added a lot of flour. Could someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? I really want to try these dumplings cooked correctly. Thanks in advance.


  1. My mom made this recipe. With one difference add 0.20 lbs. of Farina this solves the problem of them falling apart in the simmering water. I will be making this with pork n sour kraut for new years


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