Swedish Potato Dumplings (Kroppkakor)

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Author Notes: These were inspired by a Swedish meatball dinner where I wanted a side other than noodles or mashed potatoes. My understanding is that these are normally made with a filling of onions and ground pork, bacon, or ham, and usually made larger than mine to serve as a main course. I made them smaller (somewhere between a walnut and a golf ball) and filled them with mushrooms and green onion. They can be served drizzled with butter after boiling or browned in butter after boiling...and they taste pretty good with the cream gravy I made for the meatballs.inpatskitchen

Makes about 20 dumplings

For the filling

  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Sauté the mushrooms, green onion, salt, and pepper in the butter until the mixture becomes almost dry. Set aside and cool.

For the dumplings and assembly

  • 4 cups peeled potatoes, about 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter for drizzling or browning
  1. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and mash thoroughly. (I used a ricer.)
  2. Beat in the egg and stir in the salt and white pepper.
  3. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Divide the dough in two and shape each portion into a log about 12 inches long. Cut each log into 10 pieces.
  5. Using your hands, form each piece of dough into a circle about 2 inches in diameter and place a scant teaspoon of the mushroom filling into the center. Form a ball encasing the mushroom mixture.
  6. Drop the dumplings into a pot of water that has come to a rolling boil. When the dumplings rise to the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels.
  7. To serve, drizzle with a little melted butter or brown them in some of the melted butter.
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12 months ago vvvanessa

I really enjoyed these, both making and eating them. I made a meal of them by sautéing some chard and tossing it with the dumplings, topped with a little bit of parmesan. So tasty, and they made some veggie friends very happy! The dough is easy to work with, and once I got the hang of stuffing them, I could get quite a bit of filling in each.

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12 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Vanessa! The chard and Parmesan sound fantastic! And thanks for testing...

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about 1 year ago savorthis

I keep meaning to embrace my Swedish background a bit more and these look like a great start. Who doesn't like dumplings? And I do have a great meatball recipe from my great grandmother already...

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Oooh... I'd love to see your great grandmother's meatball recipe. I make a decent one but would love an authentic one. Please post it soon!

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over 2 years ago Synky

Just made these! They were lovely. We put some tomato sauce on them but next time I think I'll try cranberry sauce. The one thing I noticed was that they came out neater if I switched the water every time I boiled a batch (otherwise they came out a little mushy). Same goes for when I fried them; if I cleaned the pan after every time they fried better. Great recipe, will make these again!

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about 3 years ago Niknud

I love dumplings! These sound just amazing.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Niknud!!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wonderful dumplings! Sound absolutely delicious.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! They're quite tasty!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Swedish/Norwegian meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods. I love the idea of making a dumpling version!!

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over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks fiveandspice... these were a little peppery and even tasty cold for that middle of the night snack !

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmmm, gotta have something for that midnight snack! :)