Potato-Balls/Kartoffelkloesse (pronounced "Kleasa")

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“Another German recipe that is very good, and different.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs potatoes, raw,peeled
  • 1 lb potato, boiled,peeled
  • 1 big roll (Kaiser-Broetchen, that's what the original recipe calls for but I made it before with toasted bread)
  • butter


  1. Grate the raw potatoes real fine.
  2. Add some baking soda so they don't turn brown.
  3. Set aside so the water can come out.
  4. Pour into a cotton-bag and squeeze until no more moisture comes out.
  5. Catch the liquids that come out and save in bowl.
  6. let sit so the starch can sink to the bottom.
  7. Then put the raw potatoes back in another bowl.
  8. Mash the boiled potatoes and add to the raw potatoes.
  9. Now very careful and slowly pour the water out of the bowl and save the starch because you need to add it to the potatoe-mixture.
  10. Add a little bit of salt and knead well.
  11. Cut the bread in small dices and toast in some butter to a golden brown.
  12. Form fist sized balls (form the balls with cold moist hands).
  13. poke a hole in the middle and put some bread dices in the hole, close back up.
  14. In a big pot with almost boiling water let them.
  15. simmer for about 20 minutes Don't boil other than that you'll have Potato Soup.

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