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Soup: Grandma's Liver Dumplings

➤ by Grandma Gerhild Fulson

Soup with liver dumplings, aka Liver dumpling soup, is such a traditional German soup that brings back so many memories.

I remember my Mutti serving this and me always being surprised how good it tasted even though it was liver! Served with some nice fresh crusty homemade artisan bread, it makes a nice light supper.

A typically Bavarian soup, this is usually made with beef or calves liver and a strongly flavored beef broth.

Liver Dumpling Soup Tips ...

  • Don't have a food processor? Then use a blender. Or, use a grinder to grind the liver (if you freeze the liver first, this will be easier)
  • You can season your dumplings in a variety of ways. Try using sage, coriander, basil, zested lemon peel, or nutmeg.

Super easy way to make dumplings

As long as your dumpling dough is the right consistency to hold together, use a cookie scoop to easily make the dumplings. Here, I use a 1½ inch cookie scoop.

Using the scoop is a very quick and mess-free way to make equal sized dumplings.

What a perfect way to include liver into the diet. Liver is a very concentrated source of vitamins and is high in protein. It's well known to be an excellent source of iron, as well.

However, finding liver recipes that are delicious can be difficult. I find it interesting when I hear that children usually love this soup. So, give this one a try.

Or, try this one. It's been a favorite at our house for many years.

Below are two recipes for liver dumplings, firstDino's (a Facebook fan who lives in Germany), and thenmine.

Grandma says,

I really like the way Dino made his soup as shown in the photo below. Although my soup uses a clear beef broth, adding Soupengrün, in other words, some leek, carrots, and onions, to a store-bought broth is a great way to make it even better.

Dino's liver dumpling soup

Dino Schmidt shared his recipe on our Facebook page. He's in Germany and can buy hisliver dumpling already prepared. Here's his posting and the English translation.


  1. I'll buy the liver dumplings ready.
  2. I let the dumplings steep for a very long time, first let them boil, then simmer, simmer or steep for up to 3 hours.
  3. I season with a little broth, nutmeg, parsley (I'll fry it in butter).
  4. Also add soup greens, potatoes, onions.


  1. Use purchased liver dumplings.
  2. Simmer on low (very low), for about 3 hours, the dumplings. (Pull is like a tea bag sitting in hot water, stewing)
  3. Season with broth and nutmeg. Fry some parsley in butter and add to soup.
  4. AddSoup greens (soup greens), potatoes and onion.

Soup greens: Is purchased in Germany as a bundle and usually has a leek, a carrot, and some celery root. Parsley, turnips, and onions are sometimes included.

I like the way Dino cooks. It's like a bit of this and a bit of that. Just like my Oma and my Mutti did, and now how I usually cook as well. Thanks, Dino, for sharing this with us!

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Grandma's Liver Dumplings Soup

Soup with liver dumplings, aka Liver dumpling soup, is such a traditional German soup that brings back so many memories.

I remember my Mutti serving this and me always being surprised how good it tasted even though it was liver!

Prep time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total time

30 minutes


Makes 6 servings


  • ½ lb calves liver
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ tsp marjoram
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups beef broth (well-seasoned)


  1. Using a food processor, combine the liver, butter, onion, parsley, and seasonings and process until smooth.
  2. Add the breadcrumbs and eggs and process until well mixed.
  3. Form dumplings, adding a bit more bread crumbs (or flour) if needed, for dumplings to hold together. Form into dumplings.
  4. Bring broth to boil. Add dumplings and reduce heat to a simmer. Dumplings will be done in about 20 minutes and they should be floating.
  5. Serve soup, garnished with parsley.

Notes / Hints:

  • Use a 1.5 "cookie scooper to form the dumplings. Simply scoop and drop into the soup. No messy fingers!

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By grandma Gerhild Fulson

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Ingredients: calves liver, butter, parsley, onion,

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