German Herbed Bread Dumplings (Semmelknödel)

These dumplings are a vegan version of a traditional German dumpling called Semmelknödel. They are often served with a mushroom gravy or as a replacement for potatoes with goulash. We enjoyed them with a special seitan goulash made with dark beer. It was a delicious meal for a cold day.

Schwarzbier goulash

Yield: 8 large dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces of day old bread (about 8 slices), torn in pieces
  • 1½ cups non-dairy milk, warmed
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon soy flour or cornstarch
  • 2-3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • pinch nutmeg
  • splash olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Tear the bread into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add the parsley.
  3. Chop the onion.
  4. Heat a splash of oil in a small frying pan and lightly fry the onion until just soft.
  5. Add the onion to the bread and toss.
  6. Heat the non-dairy milk in a small saucepan and add the vegetable bouillon.
  7. Mix the soy flour or cornstarch with a bit more of the non-dairy milk and add to the heated milk.
  8. Stir until thickened.
  9. Pour the warm non-dairy milk mixture over the bread pieces and mix well with a fork or spoon.
  10. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  11. Allow the mixture to rest so the bread soaks up the milk mixture.
  12. Using your hands, either wet with water, or a bit of oil, form balls about the size of golf balls.
  13. Traditionally the dumplings are cooked in lightly salted gently boiling water, but they have often fallen apart for me. So, I steam them.
  14. Place a piece of baking parchment on the bottom of your steamer so the dumplings don’t stick to the holes.
  15. Steam the dumplings for 5-10 minutes until semi-solid to the touch.


One response to “German Herbed Bread Dumplings (Semmelknödel)”

  1. Semmelknödel are seriously one of the best German dishes out there. By now, I’ve even convinced my mum to keep soy flour around and she was glad for the reminder of preparing them the vegan way for Christmas. We don’t add any bouillon, though.
    In case there are any leftovers the next day, try slicing and frying them in vegan butter. (:

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