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!
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- Yield: Makes 15
- 2 1/4 pounds small russet potatoes (about 6), scrubbed
- Coarse salt
- 4 1/2-inch-thick slices white bread, crusts removed
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons potato starch or cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 large eggs, beaten
Cover potatoes by 2 inches of water in a large saucepan; add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until tender and the tip of a knife pierces potatoes easily, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and pass potatoes through the fine holes of a ricer. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet; let cool completely. Potatoes can be refrigerated, uncovered, up to 1 day ahead.
Meanwhile, cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add bread and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Season with salt.
Add nutmeg, flour, potato starch, 1 tablespoon salt, and pepper to riced potatoes. Toss to combine. Add eggs and stir with your hands until mixture comes together. Knead about 6 times to form a dough.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Scoop 1/4 cup dough, make an indentation in the center, and place 2 croutons in it. Form dough into a ball, enclosing croutons. Repeat with remaining dough. Reserve extra croutons.
Working in batches, carefully drop dumplings into boiling water. (Do not crowd pot.) When dumplings float, partially cover and cook, turning occasionally, 15 minutes more. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, cover with foil, and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining dumplings. Serve warm, with reserved croutons.