Biscuit Mix Drop Dumplings for Stew

Chicken and dumplings in skillet
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Ratings (27)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 dumplings (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
101 Calories
4g Fat
12g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 dumplings (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 4g
Calcium 148mg 11%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken and dumplings or beef stew and dumplings are quintessential comfort food and perhaps treasured family recipes. But these two hearty dishes are also time-consuming to make. If you use a biscuit mix, however, you'll have fluffy drop dumplings in no time, and can make favorite drop dumpling recipes whenever the craving hits.

You can use any store-bought biscuit mix, such as Bisquick, or homemade if you prefer. Once you have the mix in your pantry, you'll be able to use it for dumplings, biscuits, pancakes, and more.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups biscuit mix (like Bisquick)
  • 3/4 cup milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the biscuit mix with the milk.

  3. Stir the mixture with a fork until the ingredients are thoroughly moistened.

  4. When your stew is nearly ready to serve, drop tablespoons of the dumpling mixture on top of the simmering stew.

  5. Cook over low heat at a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. 

  6. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes. You may need to stir it a few times to keep the stew from scorching.

  7. To serve, gently ladle a portion of the stew topped with a dumpling into an individual serving dish.

Tips

If you have some store-bought biscuit mix in your pantry, be sure to check the "best by" date. If you end up using old mix, especially a box you have opened and left on the shelf for weeks or months, you'll find that the dumplings won't rise. To get light, fluffy dumplings, it's best to use ​a new or freshly opened package of mix.

If you have leftovers, keep the dumplings with the stew and refrigerate. Ladle a serving into a bowl to reheat in the microwave. While some bread products don't do well in the microwave, dumplings usually turn out fine, although they may be a bit soggy rather than fluffy.

Recipe Variations

You can add dried herbs or grated cheese to the batter for more flavor. Rosemary or sage will go nicely with chicken stew, and cheddar is a perfect addition to both beef and poultry recipes.

If you want to make your dumplings from scratch, a simple combination of flour, baking soda, salt, and milk or water is all you need. For something a little fancier, try a dumpling recipe that you roll out and then form into shapes, such as hearts, before placing on top of the rich-flavored stew.

Stew Recipes

Now that you have a quick and easy way to make drop biscuits, you will need a good selection of comforting stews to cook. For a hands-off recipe, try a crock pot chicken stew with biscuits, or a delicious beef stew with vegetables. If you have a bit more time, a stovetop chicken stew with vegetables or an old-fashioned vegetable beef stew with turnips, mushrooms, and butter beans are sure to please.