“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive-inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus).
The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce.
You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
In large pot, boil potatoes in their jackets for 10 minutes, then add cauliflower florets and cook until a fork pierces potatoes easily and cauliflower is quite soft, about 5 minutes depending on size of potatoes. Drain well and let cool.
In large skillet, heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add bread and stir until toasted and golden. Remove to medium bowl. To the pan, add spinach along with 1/4 tsp (2 mL) salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds, until wilted. Transfer to bowl with bread cubes (croutons) and stir in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) minced parsley.
Peel potatoes and press through potato ricer or the largest side of box grater into large bowl. Grate cauliflower with box grater. Stir together grated potatoes, cauliflower, starch, ground chia seeds or egg, nutmeg, and remaining 1 tsp (5 mL)salt and 1/4 tsp (2 mL) pepper. Let rest for 10 minutes if using chia seeds.
Divide dough into 12 tightly shaped balls, about 1/4 cup (60 mL) each. Press your thumb into each ball and add a crouton and some spinach. (Do not overstuff your dumplings or they might fall apart.) Cover filling with dumpling dough to seal.
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low (don’t keep it at a boil or dumplings will fall apart) and add half the dumplings. Once they rise to the top of the boiling water, cook for 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove dumplings to paper towel-lined plate to drain and repeat with remaining balls.
Sprinkle with remaining parsley and serve with sliced radishes or mushroom sauce.
This Asian-inspired stir-fry takes full advantage of the crunch Brussels sprouts achieve when they’re heated quickly. The sweet-and-sour sauce delivers a tangy edge, and tempeh offers plant-based protein and a blast of umami. If you want meat in the dish, you can replace tempeh with ground pork. Ready, set, go Stir-frying is a cooking method that thrives on speed. That means you want to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go into the pan. That also means no chopping on the fly.
Two fall stalwarts—rutabaga and Swiss chard—team up to bring seasonal flavour to these baked savoury cakes. A topping of velvety cashew cream adds a little extra spark. Rutabaga burgers, anyone? You can also prepare these cakes burger-style in a skillet. Simply form rutabaga and chard mixture into burger-sized patties and cook in greased skillet over medium-high, until golden brown on both sides.
If you’re feeling a bit burnt out when it comes to your typical morning repast, consider pivoting to this bowl of nutrition and quintessential fall flavours. It might just be the cozy sweater of the breakfast world. If you need extra energy to power your day, you can scatter on some crunchy granola. The sweet potato mixture can be made a day or two in advance and reheated in the microwave before serving. Pick of the crops For sautéing purposes, you want to use pears that keep their shape when heated. Bosc and Anjou are two good options. Fuji, Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Empire are excellent apple choices for heating in the skillet, as they won’t turn too mushy.
A plant-based spinoff of shepherd’s pie makes an ideal use for those surplus starches. Flavour-rich shiitake mushrooms and saucy lentils meet creamy potatoes in a protein-filled and satisfying comfort meal packed with nutrition and perfect for any cool-weather dinner. Mash it up Do you have other kinds of leftover mash on hand? Any mash befits the top of this comfort food. Try substituting potatoes with mashed sweet potatoes or yams. For lower carb options, try celeriac or cauliflower mash!