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Monday, April 2, 2012

Garden Pea Dumplings

Garden Pea Dumplings

I had never heard of Garden Pea Dumplings and certainly had no idea how to make dumplings when I married Phillip.  My mother-in-law always cooked chicken and dumplings at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  When one of us was sick, she would surprise us with a pot of chicken and dumplings and you know it was just what we needed to make us feel better.  As a change, she would make a pot of Garden Pea Dumplings using a can of Lesueur sweet peas with the addition of water for the broth to cook the dumplings in.  When you have someone who makes the meals that you love and you don't see how the meal was put together, you have no idea how it was accomplished or how much work and time was involved in the preparation.  I was so fortunate that I helped my mother-in-law for a couple of years to prepare her dumplings and dressing for the family Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as her health begin to fail.  Otherwise, I would just have a recipe and would not have had the experience of preparing it with her as she gave me step by step instructions. 

With spring in the air and Easter this coming Sunday, I thought this would be a good recipe to share.  You can use fresh english peas or canned Lesueur sweet peas.  Our son, Brent, loves homemade dumplings, so he sure did enjoy the pot of Garden Pea Dumplings that I made for our lunch yesterday.  We had Fried Chicken Tenders, White Peas, Garden Pea Dumplings, and Corn Dip.  It was all good!

Garden Pea Dumplings

5 1/2 cups Martha White self-rising flour
2 cups of cold water
1 Tbsp. salt

Sift flour into a large deep bowl.  Add water and salt.  Use your hands to mix together.  You want the dough to be smooth and not sticky.  You may have to sprinkle a little more flour on the dough to get the consistency that you want.

I spread a cup or two of flour on my granite island.  I place the dough in the middle of the island and use my hands to flatten the dough.  I flour my rolling pin and then use the rolling pin to smooth out the dough in all directions as thin as possible.  You are now ready to cut the dough  into dumplings.

I cover the surface of my jellyroll pan with Press 'N Seal.

I cut long strips from top to bottom.  I then cut long strips from side to side.  The cut dumplings are now ready to go on the jellyroll pan.  I do a single layer and then tear off another piece of Press 'N Seal.  I continue this process until all dumplings are on the jellyroll pan.  I securely cover the top of the pan and place the dumplings into the freezer.  They will keep until I am ready to cook them.  I usually have 3 layers and it usually takes 1 1/2 layers for a cooking for us. 

For garden pea dumplings, make your broth with a 15 oz. can of Lesueur sweet peas and the addition of 4 more canfuls of water.  Add 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and 2 Tbsp. corn oil.  Bring broth to a boil.  Add frozen dumplings.  Do not stir.  Cook dumplings for 5 min.  Gently move dumplings around with a wooden spoon during the cooking process.

For chicken and dumplings, boil 4 chicken breasts with the skin on.  Add 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper.  Cook chicken breasts until done.  Remove chicken from the pot and allow to cool.  Remove skin and bones.  Tear chicken apart and return to the chicken broth in the pot. Bring to a boil.  Add dumplings.   

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Yummy, thanks for sharing this blog . I think this dumplings is so tasty. And i am so excited to make this dumplings. And Please visit our site for more variety of dumplings like Rolled Dumplings etc.