Kniddelen is Your New Favorite Comfort Food

Knödel. Photo by Portuguese Gravity on Unsplash

Soft boiled dumplings served with bacon, a buttery sauce, and an apple compote? “How have I never heard of this before?”, you’re probably asking yourself. Well, kniddelen might just be Luxembourg’s best-kept secret, a food that used to be thought of as a poor man’s dish but is now appreciated throughout Luxembourg as the delicacy that it is. That being said, the ingredients used to make it are still as simple and affordable as ever, which is just another reason why it’s worth trying out this recipe at home. Check it out below.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Bacon
  • Butter


In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and crack your eggs into it, beating to incorporate the flour until you form the dough.

Slowly add the milk and mix until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

Boil salted water in a large pot. Use a spoon to form a dumpling and place it into the boiling water. Once it floats to the surface, cook for an additional 30 seconds before removing the dumpling and draining the water. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot while cooking!

Cut up the bacon into small matchsticks. In a frying pan, cook the bacon until brown and crispy. Add the butter and combine into a sauce. Toss the dumplings in the sauce and serve. The traditional thing to do is to serve with a side of apple compote, but you can use applesauce if you like.