Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings) Recipe -
Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings) Recipe
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Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

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"My Bavarian Oma made these large dumplings to accompany roast pork or game dishes, any meat with gravy, or with mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Serve one dumpling alongside your dish, and cover with a little gravy."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Place the bread cubes into a large bowl. Heat the milk until it starts to bubble at the edges, then pour it over the bread cubes. Stir briefly to coat the bread. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the parsley, and remove from the heat. Mix into the bowl with the bread along with the eggs, salt and pepper. Use your hands, squeezing the dough through your fingers until it is smooth and sticky.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. The water should be at least 3 or 4 inches deep. When the water is boiling, make a test dumpling about the size of a small orange or tangerine, by patting and cupping between wet hands. Gently drop into the boiling water. If it falls apart, the dough is too wet. In this case, stir some bread crumbs into the rest of the dumpling batter.
  4. Form the remaining dough into large dumplings, and carefully drop into the boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove to a serving plate with a large slotted spoon. They should come out soft, spongy and delicious!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 22, 2005

My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Bavaria. These are THE dumplings that we ate. Don't be fooled--I thought that the recipe looked a little weird, but it is perfect. Follow the instructions exactly, and you've got Oktoberfest in the making!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 12, 2006

I tried this last night and the first batch came out terribly. Even though the test ball stayed together, the rest of them completely fell apart and I had to throw out the entire batch. I addded half a cup of bread crumbs to the remaining mixture and tried again using low low heat. They stayed together for the most part and people ate them but I don't think I'd make them again.

Aug 17, 2005

My mother used to make these and I loved them! This is the first recipe I've found (I never got hers) that tasted right! I followed the instructions exactly, (except I did make eight medium-sized dumplings instead of four huge ones)and they turned out perfectly! I didn't have to add the extra bread crumbs. Delicious comfort food! Thanks!

Oct 15, 2006

Made almost according recipe. I used 8oz regular white bread, and 8oz seasoned stuffing croutons. They were delicious.

Dec 10, 2007

Absolutely wonderful! These are so authentic yet easy to make. I froze some and they thawed great! Will make these all winter for some awesome comfort food.

Nov 13, 2008

Oct 26, 2008: These are great. I sauteed the onions with 3 strips of bacon, diced. Delicious. Update: Nov 13, 2008. I recently made this recipe again as a side dish for my parents 50th wedding anniversary party. We had about 70 guests, 90% of whom were German immigrants. We served these dumplings as a side dish with traditional German rouladen. We got rave reviews, and many requests for the recipe. Thank you! As I mentioned previously, I did add fried bacon to the recipe. I had to multiply the recipe by 8 and made them in 2 batches. I flash froze them on a cookie sheet and then put them in freezer bags until the party. They defrosted wonderfully, and only needed a quick reheating before serving. I still have about 2 dozen left in the freezer, and can't wait to serve them again.

Aug 23, 2014

This is the recipe poster. Thanks for the positive reviews! This is my first recipe on allrecipes and I'm so happy to know people tried it!! By the way ... not sure how they calculate the number of servings in the summary. Eyeball it and get however many dumplings you get, but usually this recipe makes me around 8.

Oct 06, 2006

Having an Octoberfest Party...tried before party and is was delish!!!It didn't sound like it was going to be good..but children and husband loved it. Try's a keeper


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  • Calories
  • 506 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 78.8 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 113 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 20.5 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 1220 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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