I grew up with a grandmother who was an amazing German cook. This is one of the first recipes she taught me. It is so good!!
First we make the dumplings...
3 cups flour
1 cup water or milk
1 t. salt
Mix up the dough. You want it to be stiff. Add more flour as needed. Let this sit while you work on the next step.
Cut up 5-6 potatoes into small cubes (little bit bigger than bite-sized). Add them to boiling water and a dash of salt
When the potatoes are about 1/2 done (just starting to get soft)
Form the dough into small balls (just a bit smaller than a ping pong ball). The dough might be sticky. You can add more flour if you wish.
Drop the balls of dough into the boiling water (with the potatoes).
The dough will float to the surface. Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
While this is cooking. ...
Cut up slices of bread into tiny cubes. Fry the cubes of bread in 2 T of butter or margarine. You want the bread cubes to get a lovely golden brown on all sides.
When the potatoes and dumplings are done cooking, drain out the water. Return it to the cooking pot.
Add about 1/4 cup of heavy cream or milk to the knelfa in the pot. Let this sit for a few minutes. The warm knefla will slightly warm up the milk. In a pinch if milk is not available, I have used a few tablespoons of sour cream.
Knefla is good with meatloaf, kielbasa, or meatballs.