Brezelknödel or Pretzel Dumplings

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Ironically, I ate my first Pretzel Dumplings in Leipzig at a Bavarian Restaurant (Bayrischer Bahnhof). This old train station has a 170 year old history, where the first track was built between Leipzig and Altenburg. The Knödel had a distinctive taste, and I tried to recreate it at home. It’s similar to the Semmelknödel, just a bit darker and more hearty.

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The Mushroom gravy
The Mushroom gravy When in season Pfifferlinge (Chanterelle) mushrooms are used. But champignons or others can take their place. I found some exotic mushrooms at Lidl. Saute Parsley, onions and mushrooms for 3 minutes, add 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth. Add a 1/2 chicken cube. Mix 1 tbsp flour and 1 tbsp corn starch with a little water and thicken the sauce. let boil for 2 minutes. Add one cup of whole cream (or 2 tbsp. sour cream) and season with dash of salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heating element and pour in in a spritz of wine and/or lemon juice to taste.

Leftover Knödel can be sliced or cubed and fried in butter

Guten Appetit!