Hungarian Strawberry Dumpling Recipe
By: Chef Cristian Feher
This recipe is based on a really good Hungarian recipe for plum dumplings (szilvas gombocz). My grandmother used to make this recipe for us and It was one of my favorites growing up.
Yields: 8 servings
- one dozen Florida strawberries
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 4 cups of potato flakes (for instant mashed potato)
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 4.5 cups of hot water
- 2 tsp of salt
- Bread crumbs
1. Cut the strawberries into quarters and mix them with the brown sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, combine the potato flakes and 4 cups of hot water. Mix until the potato forms into mashed potatoes.
3. Add the flour to the potatoes and knead with your hands. If too dry, add another 1/2 cup of hot water. Knead gently until you get a sticky dough. This will be the dumpling dough.
4. Grab a piece of tennis-ball-sized dough and flatten it out into a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Spoon 4 pieces of strawberry into the middle and close the dough around the strawberry, encasing the strawberries in the center. Pinch the seams well, and roll the ball in your hands to seal it.
5. Gently place each dumpling in a large pot of boiling water. Make sure it’s a gentle rolling boil. If the water is boiling too violently, your dumplings might fall apart.
6. Boil the dumplings for 15 minutes.
7. Take the dumplings out with a slotted spoon and drop each of them in a bowl of bread crumbs so that the crumbs stick to the dumplings. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter.
8. Microwave a stick of butter and drizzle the melted butter over the dumplings.
NOTE: You can serve these dumplings with all kinds of sweet sauces, ice cream, whipping cream, strawberry sauce, etc. Use your imagination. I have also stuffed them with strawberries and Nutella, and they were fantastic!