The dumplings turn out even better if the potatoes are cooked, riced, and refrigerated, uncovered, a day ahead. If you have the space, since you are already making the sauerbraten a day ahead, cook and rice the potatoes then, too -- the dumplings will be even fluffier!
There's a reason this rich dish is still a family favorite after all these years: It's just plain delicious. Cooking everything -- even the egg noodles -- in the pressure cooker is a smart update. This recipe comes from our book "One Pot."
Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.