Karl Ratzsch's Potato Dumplings

3 pounds potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
1 cup hot milk
1/4 cup bacon grease
3/4 cup diced, cooked bacon
1/4 cup diced, cooked onion
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons chicken soup base
1/2 teaspoon tablespoon white pepper
4 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cup cracker meal
1 and 3/4 cup flour
3 cups fried bread croutons

Bring large pot of water to boil on stove.

Combine potatoes with milk, bacon grease, bacon, onion, nutmeg, chicken soup base, pepper, eggs, cracker meal, and flour until mixture is smooth. Fold in croutons to make a dough.

Break off a piece of dumpling dough and test in boiling water to make sure it holds together. Form mixture into dumplings about the size of medium potatoes and cook in boiling water 10 to 145 minutes. Makes 15 dumplings.


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