Add these Easy Drop Dumplings to any soup, stew, or gravy for additional taste and texture in your meal. They’re tender and take on the flavors of what they are cooked in. Plus, these fluffy little clouds floating around in your soup bring additional heartiness to fill up the belly.
There are two rules of thought when it comes to dumplings: rolled or dropped.
Mom always made drop dumplings, so of course, that’s all I make.
Easy Drop Dumplings really are easy when you know what the tricks are.
And there are definitely tricks associated with dumplings. Sounds intriguing, right?
Ok then, let’s get started.
Making Easy Drop Dumplings
First tip, start with fresh ingredients. Check the dates, and don’t hesitate to give food the sniff test.
Mix the dry ingredients together and create a well in the center, then set this bowl aside.
Meanwhile, mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well you created in the dry ingredients.
Mix just long enough for everything to be combined.
Second tip, don’t over mix. Over mixing anything with gluten (flour) can make batter tough.
Dumplings stay light and fluffy when you don’t over mix.
The third tip: dumplings need to rest for 10 minutes before cooking them, thereby giving the baking powder time to do it’s thing.
Drop by heaping teaspoons onto parchment paper, making about 10 dumplings.
Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps baked goods rise when mixed with other ingredients.
Gas bubbles form, which make the dumplings rise.
This, in turn, makes their texture light and fluffy.
Once the dumplings have risen, drop into already simmering soup or gravy.
Yes, that was the fourth tip. Make sure the soup is simmering before you drop the dumplings into the pot.
Dropping dumplings into soup that hasn’t yet begun to boil, will make the dumplings tough.
You can use any soup or gravy for this, although please allow me to insert my Homemade Chicken Soup here, since it’s my favorite.
Or, simply open a can of Campbell’s and have at it.
Your fifth tip is to cover that pot and do not remove the cover.
That’s right, hands off! Even if you want to peak, don’t.
Removing the lid really does ruin the dumplings. Use a glass lid if you can’t stand the suspense.
Let the dumplings cook for 15 – 20 minutes, then it’s time to eat.
What to serve dumplings with:
Dumplings are, by nature, part of a soup, so you already have most of your meal.
Start with the Homemade Chicken Soup, add the dumplings, and have a simple side salad, and/or maybe some Parmesan Garlic Toast for dipping.
Or, have some baked chicken and gravy. Remove the chicken to a separate plate and cook the dumplings in the gravy.
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Easy Drop Dumplings
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Optional: dried herbs (ex: thyme, sage, etc.)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted then cooled
- Have a pot of soup simmering on stove. (Dumplings cook in soup or gravy.)
- In medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper until well blended. Add optional herbs if using. Create well in center.
- In small bowl, mix milk and butter.
- Add wet ingredients to dry, mix until well combined, but avoid over-mixing. Batter will be thick and a bit sticky.
- Use heaping teaspoons to form balls and place on parchment paper. Allow dumplings to set 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat under soup to low simmer. Drop dumplings into soup and cover. Do not lift lid. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Easy Drop Dumplings
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