Since I am interested in experiencing German cuisine as much as possible (and am ALWAYS up for cooking new things) I thought I would try this.
This week we made Semmelknödel mit Pilzen or Bread dumpling with mushrooms.
These were FANTASTIC! However, they turned out a little mushier than I think they were supposed to. I think I identified the problem below.
First I made the dumplings and mixed all of the day old bread together. What a great way to use day-old bread!
Then, I shaped these into balls.
Here is where I think the problem came in. The recipe called for 8 dumplings-I made 11 or 12. I realized too late that I made them too small but thought it wouldn't make a difference. They came out a little mushy on the outside but on the inside were firm and wonderful!
Messy hands are always the sign of a good cook!
The recipe called for a LOT of mushrooms. Luckily they cook down quite a bit. Speaking of mushroom, this reminds me of a joke.
So, a mushroom walks into a bar and sits next to a beautiful woman.
Mushroom: Can I buy you a drink?
Lady: (snubs her nose at him) NO!
Mushroom? Why not? Aren't I a Fungi? (fun guy? get it?)
LOL!!! (Ok I promise I will stick to cooking next time...)
Here are my dumplings and mushroom sauce simmering away....
Beautiful smells filling my kitchen at this point.
And finally, the finished product!
DELISH! Even picky toddler Baby Bird wolfed it down!
Lessons Learned :
- Next time I will definitely cut the lemon down a bit. I love the taste of lemon but the hubby is not as fond. He still had double helpings though.
- I will make exactly the amount of dumplings that the recipe calls for!
- Looking at a picture beforehand might have helped. I have never eaten this dish so I wasn't sure what to expect.
- This is a keeper! Try it next time you have old bread you don't want to throw away!