Wednesday, October 03, 2018

German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings

This wonderful soup is classic in so many ways but has the addition of egg dumplings to really set it apart.

German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings #recipe #soup #german #bacon

I've never been a big fan of dumplings, but I like to try new things and since we've been trying a lot of German food lately, I thought this soup would be the perfect recipe to try. The egg dumplings made me a little nervous, but they ended up being relatively easy to make and they tasted a lot like gnocchi. In fact, I think the consistency is almost dead on for gnocchi and I really enjoyed that a lot. I also used a ham hock for the very first time, which was really interesting to say the least. I wanted to stay as close to the original recipe as possible when I first made it and I didn't change anything the second time I made it. This soup reminds me a lot of beef stew but also vegetable soup. It's like the two had a baby together and this was result. So definitely give it a try! I haven't yet asked my sister-in-law (who is German) if this is an authentic recipe that is eaten in Germany, but I thought I'd share the name of the soup in German for fun: Erbsensuppe mit Eierschwämmchen.

German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings #recipe #soup #german #bacon

What you need:
For the soup:
  • 6 oz. bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 10 cups beef broth
  • 14 oz. frozen peas
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large leek, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
For the Dumplings:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  1. For the soup: Fry bacon in a stock pot over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add butter and onions and cook until onions are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add remaining soup ingredients and bring to a boil.
  4. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 90 minutes.
  5. For the dumplings: In a large saucepan, add water and a little salt, and bring to a boil.
  6. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients on a low setting for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of the dumpling dough into the boiling water.
  8. Once the dumpling dough floats to the top simmer for 5 more minutes. Then remove with a slotted spoon and add them to the soup.
  9. Simmer soup for 5 more minutes. 
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.
Recipe from Daring Gourmet

German Pea Soup with Egg Dumplings #recipe #soup #german #bacon

If you're looking for a quick soup, check out this Easy Egg Drop Soup. It's so fast and so easy! If you're looking for more German cuisine, this Sauerbraten (German Pot Roast) from looks incredible.


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