German Bread Dumplings

One of the most famous German side dishes are bread dumplings. They are easy to make and are a wonderful opportunity to make use out of rolls that are not soft enough anymore. Bread dumplings are the perfect side dish to Sauerbraten, goulash, Rouladen and all kinds of saucy dishes. Try out some of our traditional German food recipes.
Bread Dumplings 1920x1200

German Bread Dumplings

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine German
Servings 14 Bread Dumplings


  • 14 rolls
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ tbsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs


  • Cut rolls and onions into small cubes and add to a large bowl.
  • Chop the parsley.
  • Melt butter in the pan, add onions and fry until translucent.
  • Add parsley and fry with the onions for one minute.
  • Shut off the heat and add the milk to the pan.
  • Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and mix well.
  • Add the eggs to a bowl and beat lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and mix well.
  • Allow to rest for about 10 -15 min.
  • Knead the mixture well for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the bread crumbs and knead for another couple of minutes.
  • Wet hands with a bit of cold water and form tennis ball sized balls.
  • Bring water to a simmer and add salt.
  • Lower the dumplings into the water with a slotted spoon or strainer and let simmer for about 15 to 20 min.
  • Remove the dumplings from the pot and serve hot.

Try this as an alternative serving idea:

Fry the bread dumplings either as whole or sliced in butter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve to your favorite main dish or as a vegetarian main dish with vegetables or a side salad.