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Oct 6, 2012 06:18 PM

German dumplings, cabbage, sour cream...recipe?

Several years ago, my husband and I went to a Christmas market in Cologne, Germany. One of our favorite foods we ate at the market was labeled as simply "knodel (which I discovered meant, "dumpling") and cabbage." It came served in a bowl, tasted like spaetzle, and had cooked cabbage and what appeared to be sour cream(?), which melted a bit and made a nice sauce. It was clearly doused in butter. It was delicious. Since then, I've tried to find out if this is a "typical" German snack or street food, and, if so, to find a good recipe, but I've had no luck. I know I could just make dumplings, cook cabbage and dollop some sour cream on top, but does anyone know if this is a typical German food or have a recipe? My google searches have been fruitless. Thanks.

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  1. It sounds a lot like a Polish recipe....pieroghis. They're often stuffed with cabbage, sauteed in butter and onion, with a dollop of sour cream.

    1. My mother grew up in Cologne and she would made on occasion the typical Dumplings/Knödel of this region. There is a very good chance that these were what you ate. (other areas of Germany have different Dumpling recipes, and you also mentioned the taste of Spätzle)
      I have duplicated her recipe -
      She boiled Potatoes in their skin, let them cool down/rest. Next day she peeled the Potatoes, put them through a ricer, added Eggs, a bit of Flour, Salt, freshly grated Nutmeg, mixed well and formed the Dumplings, which then were very gently simmered in salted Water in an open pot.
      I am not sure about the cabbage.