This soup is very popular and common in Austria. My children love it, so I started preparing homemade semolina dumplings instead of using store bought ones. They not only taste much better, are healthier and you know exactly what is in them, but this recipe is also incredibly easy and gives you the possibility to add a different twist to it each time.
Make many of them but multiplying the recipe and freeze the dumplings, so you will have them ready for a quick dinner!
I like to serve the semolina dumplings in a nice broth made with beef, carrots, onions, celery, parsley, cinnamon and pepper. But you can choose any broth you like, so it is also perfect for vegetarian if served in pure vegetable broth. Prepare the broth first, while it is cooking, you can proceed with the dumplings, the recipe makes about 20 of them:
- 210 g semolina
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 90 g of melted butter
- optional: a pinch of nutmeg; 1 tbsp of grated parmesan; 1 tbsp of herbs; 1 tbsp of lemon zest;…
- First of all, melt the butter (90g) in the microwave or on the stove in a small pot.
- In a bowl pour the semolina (210g), salt (1tsp), eggs (3), nutmeg (1tsp) or other flavourings and then the melted butter.
- Mix it all together with a spoon. Let it rest a couple of minutes and mix again. The semolina will absorb the liquids. You will notice that it gets spongier and firmer with time.
- Using two spoons form the dumplings (see how to make the dumplings in the video: How to form semolina dumplings) and place them on a plate or tray that is going to fit in your freezer.
- Let the dumplings in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.
- Once they are solid (after 2 hours) you can transfer them into a bag or container for easier storage in your freezer.
- In a big pot bring water to a boil, turn the heat down to medium and drop the dumplings you intend to eat into the water, one at a time. They will double in size, so I recommend 2-3 pieces per person.
- Let them cook in the water, simmering (not boiling or they will break), covered with a lid for 20 minutes (10 minutes longer if they were completely frozen). Then turn off the heat and let them rest in the hot water, still covered with a lid, for another 10 minutes.
- Serve in hot broth and enjoy with chives!
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To me, it is important, that my children eat healthy homemade meals. Fresh ingredients, no E numbers or unnecessary conservatives or flavourings. They love this simple soup and I am sure it will always remind them of their childhood.
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