Aurora McBee Recipe

Kumle (Norwegian potato dumplings)

By Aurora McBee aurora

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Aurora's Story

Kumle (pronounced koom lah) is a dish that can be found at every single one of my family's get togethers. Weddings, funerals, homecomings....any excuse to have Grandma Mickey make kumle is a good excuse. Now, Grandma is a great cook. She's been feeding a large family and an even larger ranch crew for over 50 years. But you ought to see all the people that show up for kumle!

Serve them with butter and then slice the leftovers the next morning and pan fry them.


picnic ham
10 lb
large yellow onion
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
baking powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook picnic ham in water for 2 to 2 1/2 hours in large soup pot. Remove and place on a cutting board to cool. Keep ham broth in pot on stove to boil.
Peel potatoes and grind in a meat grinder. Also grind the onion. Combine potatoes, onion, salt and baking powder. Add flour until the consistency is firm. Drop a small ball into the boiling broth. If it doesn't come apart you've added enough flour.
Dice cooled ham into small bits. Stir into potato mixture.
Roll generous tablespoons of potato mixture into balls. Drop into boiling ham broth. Boil for 20 minutes.
Serve with butter.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Potatoes, Pork
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Scandinavian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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janet Shields jannieran
Jun 13, 2014
My Irish /German Mother used to make it for my Norwegian Father, and it was called KRUB...or CRUB. I remember well securing the grinder to the kitchen counter and grinding out the spuds and ham. Then glopping with the other ingredients into massive balls, and the boiling of the whole
thing, which was sliced and served with slabs of butter. I hated them, my younger Sister loved them, and still makes them!
Go Figure!!!!! I'm still willing to try them again....
Thanks for a wonderful memory.....
Aurora McBee aurora
Mar 22, 2014
Thanks Keith!! That's fantastic!!
Keith Baron keithbaron
Mar 20, 2014
Aurora, Have been searching for this recipe on and off for some time...very close to what I remember helping my mother make. Only difference is that she cooked/riced half the potatoes and my brother or I had to grate the other half. Made them in the corned beef broth this past St Patrick's day and they were a hit. Thanks for listing it.
Aurora McBee aurora
Mar 7, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Aurora McBee aurora
Feb 4, 2013
I'm bettin' with a last name like Nelson this recipe should be close. =) Hope they taste like you remember.