One of my fellow classmates at school was Austrian. After a cooking party, that ended with lots of leftover bread, he made Knodel. I had never heard of it, but I fell in love instantly.
Knodel is basically meatballs but with bread instead of meat. Your stale, leftover bread, is drenched in scalded milk, and mixed with egg and onion. I put some celery in there too. Recipes I looked at suggested parsley, being that parsley is the only food I genuinely hate, I left that out. The mixture is then rolled into balls and poached in water or broth. We had some broth that needed to be used, and I threw some cabbage and carrots in there just to add some vegetables and make it a full meal.
It snowed that night. We couldn't have planned it better. What better to eat on a cold, wintry night than warm doughy balls. A perfect comfort food, and tragically scarce in the States.
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