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"Country dumplings" - who knew?! Tasty, easy to make and really cheap!

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HopeForTheBest Mon 05-Nov-12 09:41:36

While searching for a reliable dumpling recipe to go in a casserole, I came across a somewhat amusing video on YouTube showing an american guy (with a very strong southern accent) making v. cheap and easy chicken broth with "country dumplings".

Anyway, the dumplings are just self-raising flour mixed with iced water to form a really dense dough, then rolled out thin, cut into squares, and dropped into the boiling soup/broth.

What the hell, I thought. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

They were fabulous! Obviously not what I'd usually think of as a dumplings - not round, and not at all fluffy, but more what you'd get with asian-style food, a thick and satisfyingly chewy almost pasta-like dumpling.
I added a bit of salt and herbs to my dough, and then dropped them into my sausage casserole and let them bubble away for at leat 1/2 hour (prob. more like 45 mins).

Video is here.
I know they don't look v. appetising on the video, but they were really good - both DH and DS gave thumbs up, and they easily bulk up any soup or casserole type thing.

I'm going to put them in tomato soup next time I do it.

Anyway, just thought I'd share smile

AmberLeaf Mon 05-Nov-12 13:10:21

They sound like the sort of 'soup' dumplings you get in Jamaican food!

JA ones are typically made with plain flour, pinch of salt and cold water, sometimes you add fine cornmeal [polenta] to the flour too.

I agree they are lovely and much nicer than the suety ones. smile

HopeForTheBest Mon 05-Nov-12 14:43:06

I know of a similar sort of thing made with flour and egg, and then dropped into soup, from various east european cuisines.

But you're right, this sounds very like the jamaican ones.

Seem like such a fab way to bulk up something like soup.

Hesterton Mon 12-Nov-12 17:51:18

I love the bloke doing the cooking, specially when he gets all excited about his dumplings.

Oh yer! Oh Yer! OH YER!

GinAndaDashOfLime Tue 27-Nov-12 10:20:41

These are BRILLIANT! My ds (4 yo and 6yo) and DH loved them - v v easy way of filling family up and making stew go further - and ds loved helping to make them as they're like playdo! thank you!

InNeedOfBrandy Tue 27-Nov-12 10:22:56

I call those spiller dumplins and yes as amber says they are a jamaican thing. I do them in little thicker worm type shapes.

HoHoHopeForTheBest Mon 10-Dec-12 20:01:32

Oooh, more replies!
Glad you liked them smile

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