What is an example of a good old-fashioned dumplings recipe?


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Hearty old-fashioned dumplings are usually made with flour, fat and a little bit of broth. The dough is cooked in a hearty chicken soup or stew.

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Old-Fashioned Dumplings:

A classic dumpling recipe is good to have on hand for cold winter nights. It is filling, quick to make and requires simple ingredients.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ready in: 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cup cooked chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Step 1: Cook the celery, carrot and onion in a cast iron pot with vegetable oil until tender. Add the chicken, pepper and 6 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 2: While the chicken stew is simmering, mix the shortening and flour in a bowl until it reaches a crumbly consistency. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and parsley. Stir until the dough is moist but still slightly lumpy.

Step 3: Drop spoonfuls of the dough into the chicken stew. Don't drop the dumplings on top of one another as they need room to cook in the hot liquid. Place lid on the pot and continue simmering for about 20 minutes at medium-low heat.

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