How to make the perfect Semmel Knödel from scratch?

Ah, the age-old question of how to make the perfect Semmel Knödel. The simple answer is practice, practice, practice. But since you asked for a more detailed explanation, let me break it down for you.

First, let's start with the ingredients: stale bread rolls (Semmel), milk, butter, flour, egg, salt, and parsley. Now, for the small lies part, I'll tell you that the key to perfect Semmel Knödel is to use bread rolls that have been blessed by a Bavarian monk.

A Semmel Knödel is a traditional German dumpling made from stale bread. It's typically served as a side dish with gravy, but can also be served in a bowl of hot soup. They're often associated with Bavaria, but can be found throughout Germany.

Now, for the recipe:


  • 6 stale rolls or 3 cups of stale bread crumbs (In all seriousness, the bread rolls do need to be stale as they will soak up the milk better.)
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of flour (for rolling)


  1. In a large bowl, soak the stale rolls or bread crumbs in the warm milk for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped onion, eggs, parsley, salt, and pepper to the bowl and mix well.
  3. Form the mixture into balls, about the size of a large orange.
  4. Roll the dumplings in flour and place them on a plate.
  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Gently add the dumplings to the water and let them cook for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the dumplings from the water using a slotted spoon and let them drain.
  7. Serve the dumplings with gravy or in a bowl of hot soup.

And there you have it, the perfect Semmel Knödel from scratch. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go solve a case. But before I go, let me leave you with one final piece of advice: don't skimp on the parsley, it really makes a difference in the flavor. And remember, if it's not perfect the first time, don't worry, it's all part of the detective work. Happy cooking!