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Mader's Kassler Rippchen




  • 1 smoked and cured pork loin (about 3 to 4 pounds)
  • Whole cloves (about 20)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour

Mader's Dumplings

  • 4 to 5 russet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour (divided)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated onion
  • Stuffing croutons (do not use seasoned croutons)


  1. Pork: Place meat in medium-size roasting pan with drip tray. Add 1/2-inch water to bottom of pan. Insert cloves into top of roast, placing them every square inch. Evenly sprinkle top of meat with sugar.
  2. Roast, covered, in 350 degrees F oven about 20 minutes per pound. Meat should reach 165 degrees F when tested with meat thermometer. Uncover meat during last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  3. When meat is done, remove from pan; set aside in warm place. Remove drip tray.
  4. Combine butter with flour; mix until smooth. Gradually add to drippings in pan and cook, stirring regularly, over medium heat until thickened, about 3 minutes. Gravy should be medium to thin consistency.
  5. Serve meat with gravy-topped dumplings.
  6. Mader's Dumplings: Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender; drain and cool. Refrigerate overnight. Next day, peel and grate potatoes. Add 1 cup flour, egg, salt, pepper and onion; mix until smooth. Add additional flour gradually to form dumpling mixture that will hold together. Form into balls the size of an egg.
  7. Into each dumpling, insert 2 to 3 croutons, then again form into a ball.
  8. When ready to cook, drop dumplings into gently boiling salted water and cook 8 to 10 minutes. Dumplings are done when they turn and float to top and are no longer gummy inside.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Source: Mader's German Restaurant — Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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