This is another basic recipe that can be changed however you wish. Chicken and dumplings are one of the classic comfort foods. Dumplings are great in almost any type of stew. You can also stew fruit with some cinnamon and lemon rind, maybe a dash of wine and then add sweet dumplings for an easy dessert.
The most difficult part of this recipe is the timing. They must cook no more or no less than ten minutes uncovered and then covered. I found the timer on my iPod is a good way to time them. Where would we be without our tech toys?
This recipe is from an old cookbook, one of many I’ve collected through the years. The variations are my own. This is another recipe that you can alter in many ways either by seasonings, or by mixing in some cooked vegetables.
• 3 tablespoons shorting, butter or cooking oil
• 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons of baking powder
• ¾ teaspoon salt
• ¾ cups of milk
Blend the dry ingredients together in a bowl. If you are using shortening or butter, cut it into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until the particles are the size of peas. If you are using oil mix it in with the milk. Add the milk and mix well.
Make sure the stew is bubbling gently before adding the dumplings. Drop the dumplings by spoonfuls onto the hot meat and vegetables. Do not drop into the liquid. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, cook covered for 10 minutes.
Do not be tempted to take the pan lid off to check on them or they will not rise as well as they should. Rubber isn’t a good thing when you are aiming for light and fluffy.
You can use half all purpose flour and half cornmeal. Or use my cornbread recipe, leaving out all but a teaspoon of sugar and cook that as dumplings. It’s great with chili. Another way is to put chili in a 9X12 pan and pour cornmeal batter over it. Heat the chili in a baking dish until it is hot and add the cornbread batter. This is so the underside of the bread will bake. Bake in a 425 oven until the cornbread is browned.
Add ¼ cup or more of corn or other vegetables to the batter. Onions sautéed in butter and added to the batter is very good.
Parsley and other herbs can be added. Poultry seasoning is good to use if you are making chicken or pork and dumplings.
To make dumplings for stewed fruit add a few tablespoons of sugar to the batter. If you want add some cinnamon, nutmeg or other spice. Add spices, lemon rind and a dash of wine to the fruit.