|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 26g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Drop dumplings like these are a Southern specialty and quintessential comfort food. The simple dough is similar to a biscuit but the batter is dropped directly into a hot liquid instead of being rolled, cut out, and baked. The dumplings are then steamed and boiled directly in the stew or soup in which they will be served, such as in a classic recipe for chicken and dumplings.
The word dumpling can refer to a myriad of related dishes from all over the world, from har gow to kopytka to gyoza. Although the actual origin of this style of homey dumpling is unknown, it is noted that dumplings were first used as sustenance when meat was scarce. Drop dumplings are a comforting addition to a wholesome chicken or beef stew or soup and are easy to make.
This recipe creates fluffy, hearty dumplings with just four ingredients. Feel free to add parsley or chives to the mixture for some color. They're an easy way to bulk out and add comfort to a dish; try adding dumplings to chicken soup, beef stew, and more.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Stew or soup, for cooking and serving
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
Add the milk and mix. The batter should be thick enough to be scooped and dropped from a spoon. Let it rest for a few minutes.
Once the boiling stew or soup is nearly done, drop spoonfuls of the batter on top. Be sure that there is plenty of liquid in the pot, but try to keep the dumplings on top of the vegetables and meat.
Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the dumplings. Do not remove the lid until it is time to check the dumplings; when ready, a toothpick inserted into one of the dumplings should come out clean.
Once done, spoon the stew or soup with the dumplings into a bowl and enjoy.
- Give the dumpling batter time to rest before dropping spoonfuls into the stew or soup. This will allow the baking powder time to activate and will result in a fluffier dumpling.
- If you don't have baking powder in your pantry, you can make your own. To get 1 teaspoon of baking powder, mix together 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch.
- The dumplings will soak up a lot of broth as they cook and the flour will thicken the liquid slightly. Make your soup with a little extra liquid to ensure a soupy consistency.
- When using a large dinner spoon and a heaping amount of batter, the recipe makes about 12 big dumplings that cover the top of a Dutch oven. Make smaller dumplings if you like.
How to Store and Freeze
- Leftover dumpling soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, just until everything is warm. You may notice that the dumplings break down a little more, but they generally stay intact.
- Though best when made as needed, drop dumplings can be made in big batches and frozen for future use. Divide the batter up into individual dumpling portions and quick freeze on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin. Once frozen, wrap each dumpling in plastic and place them in a freezer bag. Thaw for at least 30 minutes before dropping the dumplings into a soup. Many soups and stews with dumplings can also be frozen; be sure to chill it first.
Is It Possible to Overcook Dumplings?
If you add the dumplings too early and they cook much longer than 15 minutes, they will begin to break down. To ensure well-cooked dumplings, set a timer and don't peek under the lid. The soup should remain covered so steam can build up and cook the top of the dumplings while the simmering liquid cooks the bottom.