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Liver Dumplings – Leberknödel

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At the request of a viewer, I made this video about Liver Dumplings. We call them Leberknödel in Germany and they are a specialty from the South of our country. My grandmother in Bavaria made them very often.

Like the dumplings from rolls, you will need rolls from the previous day. The recipe is actually quite similar, just that you add liver but no bacon and marjoram instead of a wagon load of parsley. But there are some differences in how to make them.

Liver – not very pleasant

From all meat parts, I think liver is the most unpleasant part to work it, simply because it smells. It’s also quite bloddy and if you are to shy with salt and spices, it can taste bitter or weird. But if you are doing it right and brave the scent, you will be rewarded with a very unique and well-tasting dumpling. In my opinion, they taste best if they are made with veal liver.


Hot to eat Liver Dumplings

These dumplings are usually eaten in a broth. We call that meal “Leberknödel Suppe” – so if you travel to Munich and you see that word on the menu, now you know what it is.
A different way to enjoy liver dumplings is with an onion sauce and sauerkraut. I’ve never had that version, though.

Handmade or with kitchen aid?

In the video, I made the liver dumplings with my kitchen aid and the dough was very smooth. My grandmother didn’t have such a machine. she made it all by hand. Her dumplings had a more rough texture but the taste was the same.


You don’t like your liver dumplings?

Well, it might happen that you are not a big fan of this dish but I promise: Your dog will LOVE it! I fed some leftover to our neighbor’s dog (he is with us when they go on vacations) and he went all crazy for it!

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Liver Dumplings / Liverdumplings

4.67 from 9 votes


  • 500 - 700 g liver (veal is best)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small piece butter
  • 2 rolls from the day before
  • 250 ml warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 250 g bread crumbs
  • some parsley, cut
  • some marjoram, cut if fresh
  • some salt (you really need to be generous here)
  • some pepper
  • some nutmeg (optional)


  • Cut the onion in cubes and fry them in a little bit of butter.
  • Set the fried onions aside.
  • Now cut the rolls into small cubes.
  • Put the bread cubes into a different bowl and then pour some of the milk over it, mix well, so they all get a little soaked but not too wet.
  • With a sharp knife, cut or scratch the liver into tiny pieces, as seen in the video. If you have a kitchen aid, just cut it into large pieces and use the machine to cut it.
  • Now add the fried onion cubes, the bread cubes, the egg, herbs, salt and pepper to it and mix well.
  • Put into the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Bring a large cooking pot with salt water to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Shape small dumplings (about the size of a plum) and carefully set them into the water. 
  • When the dumplings start floating to the top, wait 10 minutes for the dumplings to simmer in the water.
  • Take the dumplings out and add them to a plate with hot beef broth. Add some cooked vegetables or fresh herbs for a richer taste.
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11 thoughts on “Liver Dumplings – Leberknödel”

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  2. What do I do with all the bread crumbs? They’re listed in the ingredients, but not in the list? Is it a substitute for the rolls?

    1. If you watch the video, at about 8:31 I show you that if the mass is too liquid, you add the bread crumbs so you get a shapable mass. You might not need it but maybe you will.

  3. Have you ever made them with ground beef added to the liver? That’s how my mother makes them.

  4. Lorene H Roseberry

    Having grown up in Germany for the first 11 yrs of my life and having German ancestry… I grew up on this and many other traditional foods. Its difficult to find these in the states… I had the pleasure of having this at a small new restaurant near us the other day… oh the memories that came flooding back. I want to make this and share it with my family. Thank you

    1. I’ve been rather lucky! In Chicagoland there are a few: Hoffbrauhaus (Rosemont), Schnitzelplatz (Glendale Heights), Wursthaus (Aurora), DRM European delicatessen (St. Charles) -> Reopened as Bella, Bavarian Lodge (Lisle), and Edelweisse (Norridge)

      I hope this gives you some options if you’re in the area or visit Chicago! I actually just added 10 more to my need to visit list!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing. Fantastic video greatly appreciate your post. I had this dish at Oktoberfest in Munich years ago and loved it. Can’t wait to make this for my family.

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