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Leberknödel with Gorgonzola and Walnuts Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 500g liver dumpling mix
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp butter
- 100g Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
- 50g walnuts, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup milk

Special equipment needed:
- Large pot
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Skillet

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine liver dumpling mix, sautéed onion and garlic, Gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

3. Add egg, breadcrumbs, and milk to the mixture. Mix until well combined.

4. Form the mixture into small balls, about the size of a golf ball.

5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the liver dumplings and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until they float to the surface.

6. Remove the liver dumplings from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a serving dish.

7. Serve hot with your favorite side dish.

- Time:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
- Boiling water
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 450
- Fat: 28g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Protein: 22g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Liver dumpling mix can be substituted with ground beef or pork.
- Gorgonzola cheese can be substituted with blue cheese or feta cheese.
- Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or almonds.

- Add chopped herbs such as parsley or thyme to the mixture for added flavor.
- Substitute the Gorgonzola cheese with cream cheese for a milder taste.
- Add diced bacon or pancetta to the mixture for a smoky flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to mix the ingredients well to ensure the liver dumplings hold their shape.
- Wet your hands with water before forming the mixture into balls to prevent sticking.
- Serve with a side of sautéed vegetables or a salad for a complete meal.

Storage instructions:
- Store any leftover liver dumplings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- To reheat, place the liver dumplings in a skillet with a little bit of butter or oil over medium heat. Cook until heated through, about 5-7 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the liver dumplings on a bed of sautéed spinach or kale for added color and nutrition.
- Drizzle a balsamic glaze over the liver dumplings for added flavor and presentation.

- Sprinkle chopped parsley or chives over the liver dumplings for added color and flavor.
- Top with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche for added creaminess.

- Serve with a glass of red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
- Pair with a side of roasted potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes.

Suggested side dishes:
- Sautéed spinach or kale
- Roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes
- Mixed green salad with a vinaigrette dressing

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the liver dumplings are falling apart, add more breadcrumbs to the mixture to help bind it together.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the liver dumplings thoroughly to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure they are safe to eat.

Food history:
- Leberknödel, or liver dumplings, are a traditional German dish that originated in Bavaria.

Flavor profiles:
- The liver dumplings have a rich and savory flavor from the liver and Gorgonzola cheese, with a nutty crunch from the walnuts.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the liver dumplings as a main course with a side of vegetables or salad.

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Region: German

Taste: Savory, Rich, Creamy, Nutty, Tangy