Homemade Potato Dumplings (or potato balls as my Grandma called them) are a perfect comfort food side dish for almost any meat. They are easy to make and are also a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
Homemade Potato Dumplings (Homemade Potato Balls)
I have many memories of my Grandma preparing holiday meals, most of which would feature what she called potato balls. I know now they’re called Potato Dumplings. I never knew how she made them and she never wrote it down. I distinctly remember she would form them and boil them, then serve them with a brown gravy. I have been missing them at the holidays and trying to figure them out for a while now. Potato balls are a European comfort food side dish that goes well with almost any meat. They are easy to make and are also a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Finally I’ve come up with something close enough that I think she would be proud. Here’s how I make Easy Homemade Potato Dumplings, or potato balls.
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- large cooking pan
- large glass mixing bowl
- electric mixer OR immersible blender OR potato masher
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- potato peeler
- slotted spoon
- 2 pounds potatoes
- 3 cups flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
Boil the potatoes.
After the potatoes are cooked, remove them and drain the water.
Fill the pot with fresh water, place it on the stove on high and bring it to a boil.
Mash the potatoes, either with a mixer or in a large mixing bowl by hand.
Add the remainder of the ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
Put a little bit of flour on your hands.
Sprinkle a little flour onto a large baking tray, which is your work area.
Take a handful of the dough mixture and form it into a ball. Repeat until you have used all of the dough.
About now the pot of water should be starting to boil.
Using a slotted spoon, place the potato balls into the boiling water.
Let the potato balls boil for 3-5 minutes (remove one with a slotted spoon to test to see if it’s done).
Remove the potato balls from the boiling water with the slotted spoon.
Place the cooked dumplings in a colander and drain.
Serve with some butter or gravy, or however you like.