Savoury Dumplings Recipe
Dumplings are a cheap and tasty addition to a meal, made traditionally of suet and flour rolled into balls and placed into the liquid of a savoury recipes. They are easy to prepare and are usually added to a meal such as soup, stew or casserole near to the end of the cooking time.
Sweet or SavouryAlthough we think of dumplings as being savoury and accompanying a stew it is also an excellent way to prepare a cheap and warming dessert meal as well. The basic recipe can easily be adapted for either use by adding sugar to the dry mix and serving with jam or golden syrup.
SuetTraditionally dumplings are made with shredded beef suet which can be purchased from most supermarkets. There is also a vegetarian version available although traditionalist will say that it is the beef suet that brings out the flavour. Some recipes use butter instead of suet and this does work, it is down to personal preference and taste. Why not try several versions to add variety to your meals?
Basic Savoury Dumpling Recipe
Ingredients(Makes twelve dumplings)
- 250 g plain flour
- 125 g shredded beef or vegetarian suet
- One heaped teaspoon of baking powder
- Salt and pepper to season
- Water to mix
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add enough water to make firm dough.Divide into twelve equal portions and with floured hands shape into balls.
Place into a stew for the last twenty to thirty minutes of cooking turning the dumplings once to make sure they are coated with the gravy from the stew. If you have a lid to your pan place it on top as this will aid the dumplings to steam cook. A skewer or knife placed into the dumpling should pull out clean showing the dumplings are cooked.
Note: The dumplings will rise and can lift the lid off the pan and also cause a filled pan to overflow.