These are *not* fluffy dumplings as in chicken and dumplings. They are a "sturdy" potato dumpling served as a side dish to meat, and usually with a sweet sauerkraut/carraway/honey dish as the vegetable.
Boil peeled potatoes in small quantity of water. Drain potatoes thoroughly. Rice potatoes through hand held masher/ricer. Let potatoes cool. On floured board, gradually add flour working mixture into dough with hands. Shape potato mixture into a long roll and cut into 10 slices. Drop dumplings into boiling water and boil gently about 5 minutes.
Drain dumplings on paper towel. The dumplings are fully cooked after the boiling process, but traditionally, Czechoslovakians then melt butter in a heavy frying pan, and fry the dumplings until they are lightly browned on all sides.
SOURCE: Grandma Vanicek's Czechoslovakian recipes; shared by Cate Vanicek