Emma Bengtsson’s Swedish Dumplings

Serves: 2 to 3 • Time: 45 minutes

These traditional Swedish dumplings from curating chef Emma Bengtsson are filled with an onion and bacon mixture made with the spectacular mustard from the Sweden Box. Tradition calls for serving these dumplings with tangy and slightly sweet lingonberry jam.

Swedish Dumplings
© The Frynamic Duo


  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 1½ tsp. Liss Ellas sweet and hot mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Hafi lingonberry jam, for serving


1. In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat for 3 minutes. Add the onion and continue to cook until the bacon is browned, about 3 minutes. Mix in the mustard, set the mixture aside, and reserve the bacon fat in the skillet. Whisk the butter into the skillet and keep warm over low heat.

2. In a bowl, mix together the potatoes, flour, egg and yolk, and salt. With floured hands, shape the dough into ¼ cup-sized balls. Using your finger, create an indent in each ball, fill with the bacon mixture, and pinch the hole closed to seal the mixture inside. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Carefully drop the dumplings into the boiling water and gently stir to prevent them from sticking to the pot or to each other. Cook for 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving plate.

4. Serve drizzled with the bacon-butter and lingonberry jam on the side.

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Emma Bengtsson is the curator of the Sweden Box. Originally from a small town on Sweden’s western coast, she grew up learning the secrets of Nordic cuisine from her grandmother. After discovering her talent for pastries and working in a variety of notable restaurants in Sweden, she moved to New York and led Aquavit to become a two-star Michelin restaurant as its executive chef.

Emma Bengtsson

  • Leigh Monera

    Delicious recipe! The Swedish box has turned out to be one of my favorites–great items, great quality and variety of recipes.

    My one complaint/request is for better details on recipes like this one. For example: what kind of potatoes should we use–Russet, Yukon Gold, generic boiling potatoes, new potatoes? Each kind absorbs liquid differently and reacts differently to mashing. Then, what size egg–medium, large, extra-large? How much flour should we have on hand when we form the balls, and how many dumplings should we expect this recipe to make?

    I used Russet potatoes and large eggs (one whole egg, one yolk, as written), and the resulting dough was very loose–so loose that it was extremely difficult to get them into balls. “Floured hands” was an understatement–it took almost 1 1/2 cups of flour to keep my hands from getting coated in the super-sticky dough as I wrangled it into shape.

    I’ve had similar issues with recipes from other boxes, where I’ve had to make some educated guesses and cross my fingers the first time I make the recipes because they don’t have the level of detail needed to ensure the best result. It’s a little bit like getting a recipe from my grandmother: I know it will be good, but it’s always vague because she’s make it a gazillion times and forgets that I don’t know all those details that are in her head.

    Please, chefs, give us the details we need so that we can make it they way you intend the first time!

    That said, thank you, Try the World, and chefs, for your creativity and generosity sharing these great ingredients and recipes with us!

    • http://www.trytheworld.com Try The World

      Hi Leigh! Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate hearing your comments and concerns and we hope you are enjoying each box! You make a valid point that we need include more detail in our recipe articles. We will send your ideas over to our product team and chefs, so that in the future we make sure all of the essential details are included in these recipes. Your message helps us keep going and will hopefully assist us in creating a better experience for you and others in the future!