Chameleon Potato Dumplings

This is such a versatile recipe. Serve the dumplings plain (as a side dish), with a meat or marinara sauce, even change the flavors. It's unbelievable how many ways you can prepare the same recipe and have it come out with a completely new character. Cook the potatoes in their skins in boiling salted water to cover just until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and let cool for a short while.

Slip skins off and put through ricer or food mill. (I used my stand mixer for this step. An electric hand mixer will work, but do not use a food processor...the potatoes will turn to glue and ruin the dish.)

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, curry powder, garlic powder and black pepper.

When potatoes are cool enough to handle, add the egg and the flour mixture alternately to the potatoes just until it forms a soft dough. Do not overmix or the dough will be tough.

Cut the dough into 8 pieces.

One portion at a time, roll into a rope on lightly floured board until the piece is about a foot long.

Cut into pieces about 1/2-inch long.

Place pieces on flat surface such as a cookie sheet and sprinkle with flour. Repeat with remaining dough.

Cover pieces with a towel and let rest 1/2 hour.

Bring a large pot of salted water (about a gallon) to boil.

Working in batches, transfer the dough to a sieve and shake lightly to remove excess flour.

Gently drop pieces into boiling water. They will drop to the bottom and a few seconds later will rise to the surface.
Cook until tender but firm to the touch, 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to ovenproof platter and keep warm in oven at low temperature. Repeat with remaining pieces.

In microwave, melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and stir in 1/2 teaspoon curry powder.

When all pieces are cooked, toss with curry butter and serve.

Serves 4 to 6.


Instead of curry powder, substitute tarragon, basil, cumin, marjoram or any herb that complements your meal.

Incorporate pureed spinach or carrots into the dough.

Substitute oregano for the curry powder, omit butter, and serve with spaghetti sauce.