Beef and Dumplings with Dill Sauce

Posted by Pussycat in Main Dishes | 9 Comments

Growing up this was a very traditional Sunday dinner.  The dill sauce is very creamy and hearty.  Also, these dumplings were  a staple around our house, some old czech recipes make them with yeast, but we find them a little finicky that way and so have adapted the recipe.  Hope you enjoy these!


  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups Lukewarm Water
  • 1Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 day old Kaiser Bun (or other type)

Place flour, salt and baking powder in mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment and mix. Stop the mixer and create a well in the middle of the flour add the egg and about a ¼ cup of water.  Mix on low speed to create a ball of dough adding water as needed. Slowly add water ensuring all the water is worked into the dough really well.  Once you have a good soft ball of dough then pull the dough onto a work surface and knead in the chopped up bun.  Day old buns work best, as they won’t fall apart when you work them into the dough.  Ensure that the bread cubes are inside the dough; if they are outside they will get soggy as you boil the dough.

Form the dough into two even logs.  Boil a large pot of water; I use a roasting pan so that the dumplings have enough room to expand.  Boil the dumplings for 25 minutes in gently boiling water, turn half way through.

Once they are done, take them out gently and place on a cutting board.  Some people have cut these with a knife but I was taught to use thread.  You double up a white thread and slide it under the dumpling, criss-cross it over the top and pull through to cut through the dough.  Cut through one after another with each of them about ¼ inch thick.  Place in a bowl with paper towels under the lid so that the condensation doesn’t drip on the dumplings.

If you are not going to use them immediately steam to reheat. When steaming I put a paper towel under the lid so that the condensation doesn’t drip onto the them, as they really shouldn’t be wet.

Beef and Dill Sauce

Boil a beef roast in water with; bay leaves, carrots, celery, whole onion, peppercorns, and whole cloves of garlic in a soup pot and salt to taste.  Boil the meat until it is tender then slice and reserve the broth for adding into the dill sauce.

Dill Sauce

  • ¾ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 2 large Ladles full of the Beef Broth
  • ½ Cup Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • One whole bunch of chopped Fresh Dill

In a saucepan melt the butter and then add the flour, cook on low heat for about 3 – 5 minutes, stirring often not letting the flour burn.  Then add the milk (it’s best if you warm it up in the microwave a bit so you’re not adding cold milk).  Stir and cook until thick.  Mix the vinegar, sugar and dill in a separate bowl and add this to the saucepan once the milk mixture is thick.  Add the two ladles full of the beef broth, salt to taste and serve over the sliced meat and dumplings.

If you are not eating this right away the sauce will thicken each time it is cooled.  In order to loosen it up add either milk or some beef broth as you are heating it up, add just enough to get a nice gravy consistency.



9 Responses to Beef and Dumplings with Dill Sauce

  1. Joe siska says:

    What was it called in your house? In our house, the kids called it grass gravy, but it’s now familiarly called Omachka.
    I’ve later found however Omachka to be a Polish Bean Soup.
    To date, my favorite meal.

    • Pussycat says:

      That’s funny, in Czech ‘omachka’ is literally translated to mean sauce. Growing up at my house my younger brother called it ‘poker omachka’. I have to say it has always been a favourite of ours but these days we don’t have it often simply because of it’s heaviness. It certainly is a nice wintery meal though…. I may be making some soon.

      Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  2. Jitka says:

    Hi, this is “koprova omacka” kopr = dill

  3. Cindy says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I remember this meal and my gramma teaching how to make these dumplings as a child. Finding her Beef & Dill Gravy here too was an amazinng bonus! My Gramma has been gone from me for many years and I always treasured the memory of her making these dumplings and cutting them with the string but could never find the recipe till today. Again, thank you so very much <3

    • Pussycat says:

      Hi Cindy,

      You are more than welcome and I’m glad you found me! This is such an iconic dish for the Czechs as much as we’re moving away from dishes like these because of their heaviness I have to say that it is still one of my favourites! This dish is why I LOVE dill!



  4. Jeff says:

    Fantastic!! Followed exactly and it’s perfect. Thanks!!

  5. Cindy Ruffner says:

    I am so glad I found this recipe. It is my favorite meal at our local Bohemian Cafe. Which as of closing time on saturday night was the last time
    they locked the doors. So this winter, I will attempt to to make it. I’m 100% German but never got any recipes from my grandmother,as she passed
    way before I was ever thought of.

  6. M G Kohl says:

    Thank you for this recipe! My mother used to make this from her parents and in-laws tradition. If she had it written down I didn’t find it. Knedliky rule and I drool!

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