Napkin Dumpling with Bacon, the real Serviettenknödel
Made by Alessandro Cipriano
SERVIETTENKNÖDEL mit Speck, a Napkin Bacon Dumpling. A side dish that goes wonderfully with sauce dishes, I served it with a Hungarian Goulash. The name comes from the fact that you wrap the bread mixture in a cloth napkin and tie the ends with a string.
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 40 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR
For 6 servings
- 1 large onion chopped
- 70 g butter
- 1/4 l milk
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 200 g bacon, diced
- 250 g sliced bread, 1-2 days old, dry
- 4 eggs (M)
- 1 bunch parsley chopped
- salt, pepper, nutmeg
Peel and finely dice the onion. Roughly chop the parsley. Dice the bread rolls 1 cm.
Warm the milk a little and pour over the bread cubes, stir a little and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.
Melt the butter in the pan, sauté the onion in it for 2 minutes until translucent. Now add the chopped parsley, stir briefly. Add the bacon and sauté until it has a nice colour, let it cool down a bit.
Now pour over the bread cubes, the onion and bacon mixture, the breadcrumbs and the eggs, mix well and leave to stand for about 20-30 minutes so that the mixture can swell well.
Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, mix everything together loosely. If the mixture is a little too dry, you can add a little milk. If the mixture is too liquid, simply add a few breadcrumbs.
Preparing the dumplings
Take 2 white cloth napkins and moisten them with water. Spread out the napkin and place half of the dumpling mixture lengthwise on the damp napkin. Now roll the mixture into a sausage, always pressing well so that the dumpling has a compact shape. Tie the ends with a string.
Cook the dumplings:
Boil plenty of water in a large wide pot. Put in the dumplings, boil for 20 min. with the lid halfway on. Turn off the cooker and let the dumplings steep in the water for another 20 min. Lift the napkin dumplings out of the water, unwrap, slice and serve.
Dumplings in the steamer:
Cook the dumplings at 100° C for about 30 minutes, then turn off the steamer, remove and portion just before serving.
Ready to serve, enjoy!