Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Melboller (Flour Dumplings)

When Mom would make her Chicken Soup with Melboller or Flour Dumplings, I would try to get as many dumplings as possible into my bowl.

If I could get away with it, I'd make a meal out of just the dumplings with a little broth.
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)

I was talking with my sister this past weekend, and she was telling me she'd made some soup with Melboller og kĂždboller recently. (Soup with Dumplings and Meatballs).   
Great minds I tell ya.
I'd made some Klar Suppe last week, which translates roughly into Clear Soup, and I was planning on making some Melboller for it. 
It's been years since I've made these, years and years and years.   

I think it's time I made them again. 
Here they are.

Yields about 20 dumplings, which will serve 6

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan,
turn down the heat, dump in the flour
and stir it up,  (my Danish Dough Whisk did a great job)
keep pot on the burner, stirring or beating until the mixture forms a ball, and pulls away from the sides of the pan, leaving a thin film of dough on the bottom.  Remove from heat, let cool a little, not too much, maybe 3-5 minutes or so.  Beat in one egg by hand.  The mixture will look ropy and gloppy, but it will pull together.
  As soon as one egg has been incorporated, add the second egg and continue to beat, until it is also incorporated.  
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
Set aside for a few minutes while you bring your broth to a boil, turn down the heat, and then make the melboller.

Take a small spoon, I used an Ice Tea spoon, dip it into the broth which should be just below the boil, then dip it into the dough, forming a nice little oval shaped ball. 
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
 Place it gently into the broth, and continue to make the dumplings until all the dough has been used up.
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)

Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
Keep the heat on under the broth/soup, but don't let it boil.  If it does get too hot, and boils, dump a little cold water into it to stop it, or do as I did, put in a couple of ice cubes.  If it boils, the dumplings come apart and while they may taste good, they won't look all that great.
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
Continue to cook for about 10 minutes or so, until the dumplings are cooked through.  
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
 And after snarfing up a few, I even had some left for the freezer. 
Melboller (Flour Dumplings)
It won't be years and years and years until I have these again.

And Mom, see, I didn't eat all of them at once.

You know, it's Thanksgiving next week, and these would go fantastic in some Turkey Soup.
Just sayin...

Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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