Griessnockerlsuppe, a traditional German beef soup with semolina dumplings, includes homemade beef stock and easy homemade dumplings.
- 1 ½ pounds beef bones
- 1 pound beef shank (beef shin meat)
- 2 quarts cold water
- 1 large onion, peeled and halved
- ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- salt to taste
- 1 parsnip, peeled and quartered
- 1 turnip, peeled and sliced
- 1 leek, trimmed and chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 stalk celery, trimmed and sliced
- freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup milk
- 5 ½ tablespoons butter, softened
- ¾ cup semolina flour
- 2 eggs
- salt to taste
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- Place beef bones and beef shank in a large pot; add cold water, onion, peppercorns, bay leaf, and salt. Bring to a boil; cook, skimming foam from the top, for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer stock for 1 hour.
- Stir parsnip, turnip, leek, carrot, and celery into the stock; cook for 1 hour more. Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve and return to the pot; season with salt and ground black pepper. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight. Remove the fat from the top of the stock.
- Bring stock to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer.
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat; add butter and cook until butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Gradually stir semolina into milk mixture with a wooden spoon until mixture is smooth. Lightly beat eggs in a bowl and stir into semolina mixture until very smooth; season with salt and nutmeg. Remove from heat and let stand in a cool place for 30 minutes.
- Shape semolina mixture into small dumplings using 2 spoons or wet hands. Drop dumplings into the simmering stock and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.