There are two types of dumplings: savory and sweet. The savory version is dough or batter that is dropped atop a soup or stew and cooked until soft and breadlike inside. Savory dumplings can be stuffed with meat or cheese, or the dough can have mixed-in ingredients such as onions, cheese, or herbs. Savory dumplings are usually made with flour, such as all-purpose flour or a mix of wheat and cornmeal or other desired flours. Sweet dumplings are quite different. The most common varieties consist of fruit encased in pastry and baked. A favorite to try is Big Apple Dumplings.
Following is a classic version of one of the most popular dumpling recipes: Chicken and Dumplings. This recipe involves simmering chicken pieces in a seasoned homemade broth, mixing and cooking the dumplings, and making a gravy to cover everything. The recipe serves six and takes 45 to 50 minutes to make, from start to finish.
1. Cooking the Chicken
2. Adding the Dumplings
Tip: You are steaming the dumplings, so it is key that the air in the pot is hot and steamy. This is why it's so important to not lift the lid while the dumplings are cooking.
3. Making the Gravy