Bacon Bread Dumplings

When I get tired of potatoes, rice, and pasta but still want carbs, I throw some bread into the rotation. As in these bacon bread dumplings, because everything is better with bacon. If you don’t belong to the masses of bacon lovers (ahem, daughter) you can leave it out. They are good even without the bacon.

Originating from Austrian, German, and Czech cuisine, dumplings spread throughout the Europe with variations. They can be made of ground liver (yuck), semolina (to drop into soup), or potatoes (dessert).

Serve these bacon bread dumplings with saucy dishes, like my red wine goulash you see in a picture below. These puppies are perfect for scooping up meat juices and a good way to use up leftover bread. But don’t limit their consumption with only rich fall and winter meals. They go great with creamy mushroom or cheesy sauces any time of the year. What is your go-to side dish?

Bacon Bread Dumplings


 

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Ingredients:
Makes 6 dumplings

2 tablespoons butter
½ pounds bread, cut into small cubes
2-3 slices bacon, finely chopped
¼ cup yellow onion, minced
2 eggs
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
Directions:

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bread cubes and toss until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

Add bacon and onions to the skillet and sauté until browned. Add the mixture to the bread.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Pour over bread mixture. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add parsley and mix until well combined. Set aside to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Moisten your hands and form bread mixture into 6 balls. Add balls to boiling water and cook until firm, about 15-20 minutes.  Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with parsley.

Serve dumplings alongside any meat or mushrooms with gravy or a creamy sauce.

 

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Bacon Bread Dumplings

Bacon Bread Dumplings

As an alternative to classic side dishes, these bacon bread dumplings are great for soaking up gravy or sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ pounds bread, cut into small cubes
  • 2-3 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

Directions

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bread cubes and toss until golden brown, about 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

Add bacon and onions to the skillet and sauté until browned. Add the mixture to the bread.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Pour over bread mixture. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add parsley and mix until well combined. Set aside to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Moisten your hands and form bread mixture into 6 balls. Add balls to boiling water and cook until firm, about 15-20 minutes. Remove dumplings with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with parsley.

Serve dumplings alongside any meat or mushrooms with gravy or a creamy sauce.

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29 Comment

  1. […] Savory or sweet they are equally favored. They are not always made with potatoes as a base. Bacon bread dumplings are made with bread, obviously, and guess what are semolina dumplings made with? Yep, semolina. […]

  2. Reply
    Suzie from Munchkin Time
    September 27, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    These looks amazingly delicious! Thank you Jas for posting this yummy recipe! – Suzie
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      Jas
      September 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much, Suzie! I “stalked” your blog and couldn’t decide which recipe I liked the most. They all look amazing and I will be definitely trying them out, starting with spinach artichoke dip and tiramisu! 🙂

  3. […] I had this caramel apple pie bread pudding on my to-do list for a while. I was missing the main ingredient – stale bread. We either polish off all the bread before it gets stale or we eat try to eat healthily and don’t buy any. Is that a good reason for not making this yummy treat? No. But being lazy is. Finally, I got off my behind and bought a loaf of fresh bread. There is really no need to wait for bread to get stale, but if you already have some this is one of the great ways to use it up. [Almost] nothing gets wasted in our household. Last time I had leftover bread I made bacon bread dumplings. […]

  4. Reply
    Nicole
    September 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I have only ever had chicken and dumplings, but these do sound and look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Why stop at chicken, right? LOL. Thanks for stopping in, Nicole!

  5. Reply
    Mary-the boondocks blog
    September 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Yum. Jas these look like some that we make in Greece too. We are all related. I wouldn’t put bacon in there either. not because I don’t like it but they seem pretty perfect without. Smart girl your daughter.
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      Jas
      September 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Lol, I told you we are! Thanks for granting me a visit, Mary! Have a glorious day 🙂

  6. Reply
    Carol, The Red Painted Cottage
    September 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    This sounds delicious, Jas! The only dumplings I make are the kind that are served with Hungarian chicken paprika, as both my parents were Hungarian. I’ll have to share my mother’s recipe some day on my blog.
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      Jas
      September 26, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Please do! I’d love to try your mom’s version. Maybe it’s similar to my mom’s, which I also should post someday 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and have a great week!

  7. Reply
    Beverly
    September 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

    These look delicious, Jas. What a great recipe. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Thank you, Beverly! Wishing you a lovely week!

  8. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never made dumplings from bread before – they sound delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up.
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      Jas
      September 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Of all the ways to use up stale bread, this might be my favorite 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and have a great week!

  9. Reply
    Frugal Hausfrau
    September 24, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Beautiful dumplings! I’ve heard of them, mostly in historical town cookbooks, but now I “get it” Thanks for sharing with us this week at Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie
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      Jas
      September 24, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Thank you, Mollie! I mostly make them to use up stale bread. We love them 🙂

  10. Reply
    Carlee
    September 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    There is no way I won’t like these. Three of my favorite words are in the title! Bacon. Bread. And Dumplings! I’ve never had this type of dumpling before and now I am super curious to try one. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!
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      Jas
      September 24, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Carlee! I hope you try them, they are so common in Europe. Great way to use up stale bread 😉

  11. Reply
    Theresa@DearCreatives
    September 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Love the recipe. We’d love to try this soon. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party.
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      Jas
      September 24, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Thank you so much, Theresa!

  12. Reply
    Quinn Caudill
    September 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Have you sought out help for your Daughter? Not liking bacon, couldn’t imagine! Of course she will live a much longer and healthier life. :))) Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Pinned!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      LOL, Quinn! She can’t be helped. Sometimes I wonder how is she mine. When she was little I teased her that a gypsy woman left her on my doorstep, so… 😀 Have a great weekend!

  13. Reply
    Ann
    September 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Sold! I’ll have to substitute the bacon with something else, but with goulash, I bet it would be heavenly. Look at those perfect, doughy balls! I
    I’m best-friends with carbs. hehehe

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Just leave the bacon out. That’s how I make it most of the time. Didn’t know we have a mutual friend, hehe.

  14. Reply
    Katrin
    September 22, 2016 at 1:14 am

    My mom used to make dumplings and I remember them being so so good! These look just like them Jas and I bet they are fantastic! It’s a pretty common side dish in Germany, especially with meat or even in a soup. They look delicious and now I’m craving some, I haven’t had dumplings in years!
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      Jas
      September 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Germans love their dumplings. I had them more often when I lived there, although they were from the box. But they are so easy to make and you know exactly what’s in it so no more boxed dumplings for me 🙂

  15. Reply
    Sandra
    September 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    My sons would make short work of these!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 21, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Loving the look of that delicious beef dish with all of those juices and the perfect accompaniment is these little adorable dumpling to soak up those juices. Bacon is one of the main food groups for boys so I am certain this will be on the request menu at our house soon. Sharing everywhere!
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      Jas
      September 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Bobbi! You might want to put in more bacon then, lol. Take care, my friend!

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