Fried Dumplings with Apple, Sauerkraut and Horseradish Recipe for Bavarian Knödelgröstl

Recipe dumplings, roasted dumplings © Food photographer Thomas Sixt

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In this article I will show you my Recipe for Fried Dumplings – Bavarian Knödelgröstl. For roasted dumplings you should use bread dumplings or napkin dumplings from the previous day.

Roasted dumplings are a popular leftover food in Bavaria and Austria. Instead of the typical and well-known preparation with egg I show you today a variation with sauerkraut and apple.

I wish you good luck and a good appetite!

1. Shopping list Fried Dumplings – Bavarian Knödelgröstl

For the fried dumpling you need the following ingredients…

  • Bread dumplings or napkin dumplings from the day before, pretzel dumplings also work!
  • Sauerkraut
  • White wine dry
  • Vegetable broth
  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Marjoram
  • Horseradish from the glass
  • Créme fraiche
  • Salt, pepper, sugar
  • Radischchen for the decoration

You can find the exact amounts of ingredients further down in the Recipe Fried Dumplings – Bavarian Knödelgröstl.

Bavarian Knödelgröstel - roasted dumplings gourmet variant with horseradish sauce.

Variation of the Bavarian Knödelgröstl: From the sauerkraut juice you can make a simply and fast horseradish sauce.

2. Roasted Dumplings, some professional cooking Tips…

Here are some good tips for your Dumpling Gröstl…

  • You can fry the dumpling slices in a large pan or fry them crispy with a little more fat.
  • Were the dumplings a side dish for roast goose the day before? Then you can use some goose fat to fry the dumplings and conjure up a special taste for Gröstl.
  • Only slices of fried goose oil will make Gröstl a gourmet experience!
  • Important for dumplings: The side dish should be ready before you put the dumplings in the pan for frying.
  • Instead of sauerkraut you can serve this dumpling with a colourful leaf salad or a green salad.
  • Season the dumplings with salt, pepper and marjoram, then the Gröstl tastes better. Butter rounds off the taste…
  • When friends visit you, a dumpling is a great dish. You can prepare the Gröstl quickly and serve it as finger food on small plates.

Then one last tip remains… for Gourmets 🙂 …

Pass some sauerkraut juice into a second pot. Bring sauerkraut juice to the boil and refine with cream or crème fraîche and horseradish. Reduce the sauce by half, then mix with cold butter and add to Gröstl. WOW that tastes delicious!

Close-up of roasted dumplings

Delicious Bavarian Knödelgröstl fried dumpling for your kitchen… roasted dumplings served with sauerkraut and horseradish sauce and apple pieces…

3. Recipe Knödelgröstl – roasted dumplings

Following my recipe with exact ingredients. I wish you good success and am happy about a comment…

Recipe dumplings, roasted dumplings © Food photographer Thomas Sixt
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Fried Dumplings with apple, sauerkraut and horseradish Recipe for Bavarian Knödelgröstl
A delicious recipe for roasted dumplings awaits you here. Lots of tips and ideas for the perfect dumpling size from Bavaria professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cuisine: Bavarian Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 354kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Sauerkraut as a side dish with fried dumplings
  • 300 g Sauerkraut pickled cabbage
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 200 ml concentrated vegetable broth
  • 2 pc bay leaves
Ingredients for glazed apples
  • 1 pc apple
  • 25 g clarified butter
  • 4 pinches brown sugar I prefer to use raw cane sugar!
Ingredients for dumpling gröstel
  • 4-6 pc Bread dumplings from the day before
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp majoram Dried marjoram has proved its worth here...
  • 1 pinches salt
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 25 g Butter
  • 1 tbsp horseradish named "Meerrettich" in Germany, "Kren" in Austria
  • 2 tbsp Créme Fraîche
  • 2 pc radishes
  • 1/2 Bund majoram fresh
  • Place the sauerkraut in a large saucepan with the white wine and vegetable stock on the stove and bring to the boil. Add the bay leaf. Let the sauerkraut simmer for 20 minutes at medium heat.
  • Wash and halve the apple, remove the core and cut into eighths. Brown the apple slices in a large pan with clarified butter, then add the sugar and caramelise lightly. Place the apples on a plate and clean the pan.
  • Cut the dumplings into slices about 5 mm thick. Heat the pan and fry the dumpling slices on both sides in sunflower oil. Add the butte, froth and season with marjoram, salt and pepper.
  • Drain the sauerkraut onto a sieve and arrange on warm plates. Add the roasted dumplings and apple slices in a fan shape. Decorate with the fraiche cream and radish, sprinkle with fresh horseradish and serve.
  • Alternatively you can pass some sauerkraut juice and boil it up in a second pot. Refine with horseradish and butter as well as cream or crème fraîche and boil down. Then arrange the sauerkraut in the middle. Add the roasted dumplings and the apple pieces. Mix the sauce with a hand blender and add to the Gröstl. Good success!

4. Calories Fried Dumplings with apple, sauerkraut and horseradish - Bavarian Knödelgröstl

Nutrition Facts
Fried Dumplings with apple, sauerkraut and horseradish Recipe for Bavarian Knödelgröstl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 1662mg72%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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