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Rivels / Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings in soup)

For anyone who hasn't heard of rivlets - or rivels as I've also heard them called - they're little bitty dumplings you add to soup (usually chicken soup) about 10-15 minutes before the end of cooking. Mix flour and egg, rub it between your fingers into pebble-looking bits and drop them in the soup.

I learned to make them from my mother's people (Pennsylvania Dutch) and the Amish are pretty big on them too, so for a long time I assumed it must be a Swiss/German tradition. I have never seen it over here though, and all the Swiss people I have fed it to act as though it's a completely new idea. ("You're putting... what, Knöpfli? in the soup?")

Anybody else ever make these, or know of a similar dish anywhere in Swiss or German cuisine? (or any other cuisine, of course )
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Old 14.01.2010, 10:59
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Re: Rivels / Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings in soup)

seems that its usual for people of a certain generation or two .....not so much now . youve rekindled my love of these , got to go try it out again......
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Old 14.01.2010, 11:03
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Re: Rivels / Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings in soup)

Similar to Knödels? Pretty popular in Austria. Made from flour, a bit of oatmeal, eggs, leek, chives and seasoning.

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Re: Rivels / Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings in soup)

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For anyone who hasn't heard of rivlets - or rivels as I've also heard them called - they're little bitty dumplings you add to soup (usually chicken soup) about 10-15 minutes before the end of cooking. Mix flour and egg, rub it between your fingers into pebble-looking bits and drop them in the soup.
what a cool idea! will try it next time.

no, haven't heard of it.. but i come from a pretty boring "meat and 3 veg" country.
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Similar to Knödels? Pretty popular in Austria. Made from flour, a bit of oatmeal, eggs, leek, chives and seasoning.

Mm, maybe a little bit similar. Those are way bigger than rivlets though - and more complicated with all the seasonings and what not.

Bet they're good though.
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Old 14.01.2010, 11:05
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Re: Rivels / Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings in soup)

Like it! And of course you must chase it down with Rivella, mandatory on menu.
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