Poached German-Style Beef Marrow Bone Dumplings

These tasty dumplings use white bread as the base for a bit of convenience to made-from-scratch dumplings. Add these tender dumplings to a simmering pot of broth or hearty soup or stew.
Yield 4 Servings Prep. Time 20 min Cooking Time 15 min Total Time 35 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • 2 to 2½ lb (1 to 1.25 kg) Beef Marrow Bones, Canoe-cut
  • ½ cup (125 mL) milk
  • 6 slices white sandwich bread, crusts cut off
  • ½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) EACH salt, pepper and grated nutmeg
  • 1 extra-large egg, beaten
  • 4 to 6 cups (1 to 1.5 L) beef stock, soup or stew

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:

  1. Spoon out the bone marrow (you should have about 4 oz/125 g). Place in a small saucepan and melt over a medium heat. Strain through a sieve and measure out ½ cup (125 mL), reserving any extra for another use. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Heat the milk in a clean small saucepan over medium-low heat to just until warm. Remove from heat and add bread slices; let soak for 2 minutes.

  3. Squeeze the bread out to remove excess milk (discard excess milk). Roughly chop the bread and add it to the bone marrow. Add flour, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg and egg. Mix to form a dough. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm up the dough.

  4. Roll the dumpling dough into small balls, about 1-inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and place on a baking sheet or plate. Drop the bone marrow dumplings into a large pot of simmering stock, soup or stew over medium-low heat; simmer for about 5 minutes, or until they float to the surface.