Traditional Käsknöpfle – tiny golden cheese dumplings – are the national dish of Liechtenstein. Freshly made, they are typically served accompanied by spicy grated cheese, crisp fried onions and fresh apple sauce. The dish invariably goes down well enjoyed on a sunny terrace in summer or in front of a log fire in the depths of winter, truly a dish for all seasons!


  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 large onion, chopped


  1. Sift together the flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and water then add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Whisk until bubbles begin to rise in the batter and the batter is very thick.
  4. Cover with a cloth and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Add a little butter to a pan and use to fry the chopped onion until well browned and crisp.
  6. Take off the heat and set aside.
  7. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil then reduce to a simmer, drop small teaspoons of the batter into the simmering water (alternatively you can press the batter through a colander).
  8. When the dumplings float to the surface of the water remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  9. Arrange in a large boll or dish and mix with the grated cheese.
  10. Garnish with the fried onions and serve accompanied by a green salad and/or apple sauce.
Tip If the Käsknöpfle are too dry, add a little hot water before mixing in the cheese.