The Kartoffelklösse (Kartoffelklöße, Grüne Klöße, Thuringer Klöße) Project began when I was a young child. During the cold winter months, my family often gathered at my grandparents apartment for Sunday dinner. If Pork Roast, Rouladen, Sauerbraten, or Turkey interest you, then you will appreciate the star of the meal, a potato dumpling called Kartoffelklösse. This site is really about family traditions and comfort food.
I just can’t believe that fall is here again. It wasn’t
too long ago that we were suffering through a heat wave. I really love this
time of the year, especially Thanksgiving. It is also the official start of Kartoffelklösse season.
I’m talking about turkey and
everything that goes with it. These are just a few of my favorite things; stuffing,
or a.k.a. dressing, lots and lots of home-made turkey gravy, sweet potatoes,
mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cauliflower casserole, corn bread
casserole, black olives from a can, and
let’s not forget sour cream cucumbers. You’ve just got to have apple or pumpkin
pie and some coffee to wash it all down.
I'll come back for the vegetables
For a holiday appetizer, my family really enjoys celery,
stuffed with Philadelphia cream cheese
and Kraft Foods® Roka Blue cheese spread, and sprinkled with paprika. Mom
always made this appetizer and we all loved it. When planning a Thanksgiving
menu we never gave it a second thought. It was always there. Tradition!
Peel celery strings
Then it happened. Several years ago, about 2009 I think, I
went to the grocery store to get a couple jars of Roka Blue. I couldn’t find any.
I asked the store manager if it was moved to a Thanksgiving display area in the
store. He said that they didn’t get any this year. I called many stores and
asked why they didn’t have it. They always had it over the holidays. I was told
by one store manager that Kraft stopped making it. How could this be? I
wondered. Everybody buys it for the holidays. There was suddenly a crack in my
culinary universe. Somebody was messing with tradition!
My next stop was to the Internet. Apparently I was not
the only one deeply upset with being unable to find my “Roka Blue.” One site
had a comment thread titled “Kraft Discontinues Roka Blue Cheese Spread.
Consumers Just Now Find Out Their Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Traditions Are
Ruined. Masses Go Ape-shit on Kraft's Message Board.”
There were many comments attached to this substitute recipe.
Many of them told stories about what people did with the 5 ounce glass jars
once they were empty. I used them to cut perfect circles in bread to make “eggs-in-the-nest.”
Some people recycled the jars and used them as juice glasses. Many people were
angry, and some threatened to stop buying any of their products.
Does this make me a hoarder?
Then it happened, Kraft brought back “Roka-Blue.” They
are going to produce it for the holidays again. I called my local grocer and
sure enough he was getting it this year (2010). I went to the store just before
Thanksgiving and there it was, nestled between the 5 oz. jars of Kraft Old
English and Pimento Cheese Spread. I bought a case and gave them out as gifts
So you see, just like our political elections people can
make a difference. For the Presidential election this year we just had the largest voter turnout ever. So you see, your vote does
Making Mom’s stuffed celery:
1-8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia
1-5 oz. jar Kraft Roka Blue cheese spread
8 stalks celery,
cut into 2”–3” pieces
as needed Paprika, for garnish
Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature to
Wash celery thoroughly. Using a potato peeler remove the
strings from the outside of the celery stalks. Cut the celery
into 2-3” serving pieces and chill.
Mix the softened cream cheese and the Roka-Blue together
well. Spread the mixture on celery and then sprinkle with paprika to garnish.
Serve very cold.
NOTE: This recipe doubles easily. You can also spread
this mixture on 1/4"slices of fresh cucumbers if you like.