I love dumplings in soups and rich stews. This is my simple recipe for making dumplings that are widely used in Chinese and other SE Asian cuisine. Feel free to add any herbs of your choice.
Absolutely perfect, we LOVED these in my homemade chicken noodle soup with dumplings...not slimy like when using premade canned biscuits and not fluffy like when using Bisquick dumplings. These taste exactly like the dumplings you get in any restaurant, thick and a little chewy and just heavenly. I used cold butter as I didn't have any shortening and added garlic salt and onion powder to the flour, and I did have to use about 3/4 cup water instead of 1/4 cup. Just a note to all the nay-sayers out there, these DO NOT rise like those Bisquick-type dumplings, that's not the kind of dumplings these are. These are completely submerged in whatever sauce you cook them in and are more like giant doughy noodles, they are not ball-shaped and don't sit on top of your sauce and get fluffy and airy on the outside. Please note this before trying the recipe so you won't have different expectations. 1/17/12 - UPDATE: I recently won 1st place in a cook-off a local restaurant using this recipe in my Chicken & Dumplings entry. I never use shortening, using instead only real, unsalted butter and add a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to the mix before adding about a cup or so of water :-) - 17 Apr 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
fANTASTIC! I only had butter and olive oil to use instead of the shortening. Used equal parts along with garlic salt. They were the best dumplings ever! - 05 Dec 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Loved these!! I've always made the fluffy, Bisquick type of dumplings but always wanted to try a more "spaetzle" type. The recipe is great, although I found that I needed more like a half cup of water instead of 1/4 cup in order to get the dough to 'hold' together. I also added a little garlic powder and some pepper and my family totally loved them. - 30 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)