Old Bread Dumplings

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We have all heard of using stale bread for croutons, but here is another recipe that uses stale bread as the main ingredient! These dumplings are great in soup, but also can be eaten alone. Stale bread is ground down to crumbs using a Magic Bullet blender, and then mixed with egg, milk, flour, bacon, onion, and herbs to form dumplings. They are then boiled in broth until cooked.





Old Bread Dumplings


  • 2 cups stale bread, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth



  1. Cook the onion in heated olive oil in a skillet over medium heat for 7 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the bread to a Magic Bullet pitcher and blend until your get bread crumbs and pour into a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Form 2-inch balls with your hand and drop into a pot of boiling chicken broth.
  5. Cook the dumplings for 20 minutes, then carefully remove with a strainer.


Makes 12 dumplings