Make Ahead

Farina Dumplings

April  5, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

I resurrected my late mother-in-law's farina dumpling recipe and marveled at how five everyday ingredients and a simple stir can make such a delicious addition to soup. In her native Vienna a meal often begins with a clear broth garnished with something made of dough: strips of crepe (Fridatten), little fried dough "peas," (Backerbsen) or these farina dumplings (Griesknödel). - magdance —magdance

Test Kitchen Notes

Not only were these a snap to make, but they turned some leftover chicken broth into a tasty after-school dish for the Starving Student. They are definitely on my list of go-to quick bites! - wssmom —wssmom

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup farina (not quick cooking or instant)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • parsley for garnish
  • clear broth to serve
  1. Salt 3 quarts of water and put the pot on to boil.
  2. Mix softened butter with dry ingredients. Mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Add egg and stir until it forms a smooth, sticky, mass.
  4. Scoop dough in 2-teaspoon gobs into simmering water, using a second spoon to dislodge each one. Make 12-16 dumplings.
  5. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, keeping water at or below the simmer.
  6. Add 1/4 cup cold water to the pot, turn off heat and cover. Leave undisturbed for one hour.
  7. Add dumplings to broth, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately. To make in advance, refrigerate, covered, and reheat gently in broth.
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3 Reviews

LauraH July 28, 2023
This is a great recipe. Just like my mothers. Every time I tried to make it before, the farina dumplings just fell apart in the simmering water, not this recipe. Simply the best.!
Jeanine August 26, 2019
My mom made something very similar when I was growing up. She didn't use water to cook them, she dropped them right into her homemade chicken soup. And she didn't let them sit for an hour before serving. As soon as the dumplings were done, we ate them. Of course they always tasted even better the next day since they soaked up all that scrumptious chicken broth overnight.
Helen's A. April 5, 2011
Griesknödel Suppe is one of my favorite soups! This is what my mother still makes anytime someone gets sick. She adds a healthy pinch of fresh grated nutmeg to her dumplings and she makes them with milk... yummy!