The German liver dumpling soup is a Bavarian Specialty and called in German “Leberknoedelsuppe”. “Knoedel” means dumpling and “Leber” means liver. If you travel to Bavaria one day, don’t forget to try such a soup. It is served in almost every Bavarian Gasthaus (inn).
The recipe’s base is a beef broth, as described in one of my former recipes, and it would be best to make this broth from scratch. In Germany you can buy the Leberknödel pre-cooked in cans or frozen, unfortunately not in the USA (they cannot be imported). The good thing is that we can make them at home. Happy Cooking!
Ingredients German Liver Dumpling Soup
2 liter beef broth – How to Make Beef Broth –
750 g beef liver
300 g beef
8 older wheat rolls (preferably German rolls)
fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, tarragon, thyme, lovage (Liebstoeckel)
salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
– Bring the broth in a bigger pan to a boil (Alternatively you can use organic instant beef or vegetable broth).
– Run the beef and liver through a meat grinder.
– Soak the rolls in warm water.
– Peel onions and chop them fine.
– Wash herbs and chop fine.
– Add the meat into a bowl and mix it with onions, herbs and eggs.
– Squeeze the water thoroughly out of the rolls, combine with the meat.
– Add spices to taste.
– With moist hands form dumplings, not too big.
– With a slotted spoon place dumplings into the boiling hot broth.
– Reduce heat.
– Let dumplings simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat.
– Important: Don’t bring the broth to a boil anymore otherwise the dumplings will fall apart.
Serve the soup with some sprinkled parsley on top.