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Can I Make "German Pretzel Dumplings (Serviettenknödel)"?

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

When I was thinking of Bratwurst Day (August 16), then I thought about other German food and I remembered some pretzel dumplings I saw on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. Unfortunately, I don't remember what restaurant it was. Since then, I started to try to take better notes when I'm watching TV to highlight the small business owners. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to learn how to make them as a side dish for bratwurst.

German Pretzel Dumplings (Serviettenknödel)

"Serviettenknödel are German bread dumplings, or Semmelknödel that derive their name - napkin dumplings - from the way they are traditionally cooked: wrapped tightly and steamed inside a cloth napkin called serviette in German.

They are typically made with pieces of stale bread rolls, baguettes, or pretzels, milk, eggs, lard, and softened onions. The bread mixture is usually seasoned with salt and pepper, and it is often enhanced with freshly chopped parsley and nutmeg for extra flavor.

Once done, the log-shaped dumplings are generally cut into thick slices which can either be eaten as they are or pan-fried until nicely browned."


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This recipe from Food and Wine seemed similar to what I remember seeing on TV. The part I was most looking forward to was rolling the dumpling dough in saran wrap and boiling it. :)


What I used:

- Pretzel roll (just 1 made this batch)

- Onions (I had batch cooked)

- Spinach flakes (instead of parsley)

- 1 egg

- Almond milk (what I had)

First I started some water boiling.

In the recipe, it says to heat up milk and soak old pretzels in the hot milk to soften them. Since I used pretzel bread instead of pretzels, the pretzel bread was already soft, so I skipped that step. I just tore up 1 pretzel roll into small chunks and I poured a little almond milk into it and added the rest of the ingredients into the bowl (egg, onions, spinach flakes, salt & pepper). I mixed it together with my hand covered in a nitrile glove.

Then I put the dumpling mixture onto saran wrap and I wrapped the edges like a piece of candy. Then you wrap it again in saran wrap.

So it's wrapped in 2 pieces of saran wrap.

For the second piece of saran wrap, first, I tucked in the edges of the first piece of saran wrap as shown and then wrapped it again. I thought that would help it stay sealed better.

Then I boiled the dumpling dough for probably 8-10 min. or so. After that, before I sliced it, I put it in the fridge, so it would chill faster.

Here it is after it chilled in the fridge for about 10 min. Then I sliced it into dumplings and browned them on a pan with butter.

I just happened to use my grill pan because I had it out and I didn't feel like getting another pan out.

Here they are! Yum! Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It's a fun side dish, sort of like stuffing / dressing, but it's in pieces and they are crispy on the outside. :)

Give it a try! We are good at this!

Here they are on the side instead of the bratwurst being in a pretzel bun like my other post.

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Give it a try! We are good at this!

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