Dumplings are the ultimate comfort food. Originally created to help stretch a dish to feed more people inexpensively, these little puffs are made from a dough dropped into simmering liquid. The dough cooks in the hot liquid and becomes soft-set, while thickening the soup, stew, or casserole at the same time. These delicious dumplings recipes are fabulous.
I didn't eat dumplings as a child because my mother just didn't like the texture of soft dough. She prefers a crisp crust and lots of chewy and crunchy texture in anything bread-like, and I feel the same way. Soft rolls are just not to my liking. From a brief survey among friends, I found that some liked dumplings and some were not so enthusiastic. After trying several recipes, I decided that I do like dumplings, as long as they have some added ingredient for flavor or texture, like bread crumbs, cheese, cornmeal, or herbs.
The secret to the best dumplings is to treat them as a quick bread. Never over mix the batter and cook them until the interior is done. To test that, break open one dumpling; there will be no uncooked batter in the center. And for the fluffiest dumplings, make sure that the liquid they are dropped into is hot, almost simmering. That way the dumplings start cooking immediately and don't absorb too much moisture, which will make them soggy.
These easy and flavorful recipes are all topped with one type of dumpling or another. You can mix and match the recipes; for instance, make the Pesto Dumplings for the Salmon Casserole and use them to top Chicken with Bread Crumb Dumplings instead of the Bread Crumb Dumplings. You get the idea! Enjoy these comforting recipes.
Delicious Dumplings Recipes
- Root Vegetable Casserole with Dumplings
Root vegetables combine with herbs and soft cheese to make a delicious base for cheesy dumplings.
- Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
This classic and comforting recipe cooks in your crockpot so your whole house fills with the most wonderful aroma.
- Beef Stew with Dumplings
Lots of herbs make this hearty stew special. A baking mix, homemade or purchased, is used to make the easy dumplings.
- Shrimp Casserole with Corn Bread Dumplings
This slightly spicy casserole is topped with dumplings made with cornmeal, egg, and melted butter. I love the addition of black beans and tomatoes with green chiles.
- Salmon Casserole with Pesto Dumplings
A creamy and cheesy sauce envelops salmon, red bell pepper, and baby peas in this easy recipe. And the dumplings are filled with Parmesan cheese and pesto. Yum.
- Old Fashioned Chicken with Dumplings
The dumplings in this comforting crockpot casserole are made using biscuit dough. Make sure that the dough is completely covered with liquid and the pieces are separated when you stir them into the creamy chicken mixture.
- Chicken Stew with Herbed Dumplings
Whole wheat bread crumbs add texture to the herbed dumplings in this classic recipe.
- Steak Casserole with Sesame Dumplings
Round steak is simmered with vegetables in a tomato and Worcestershire sauce, then topped with slightly spicy dumplings accented with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
- Chicken Casserole with Bread Crumb Dumplings
Bread crumbs are used to coat easy cheese dumplings that top this classic casserole recipe.
- Hungry Boy Casserole
The dumplings that top this rich beef and vegetable casserole are made with whole wheat flour, ground almonds, cheese, and herbs.
- Crockpot Beef Tamale Pie
A cornbread mix is used to make the spicy topping in this easy recipe in what is essentially a huge dumpling. Make this one as mild or as spicy as you like.
- Cornbread Turkey Pot Pie
And finally, a cornbread mix is used again to make dumplings in this easy main dish pie recipe. Turkey gravy and frozen mixed vegetables create the easy filling with sour cream and turkey.