Make Dumplings

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The following steps will help anyone make dumplings whether from scratch or by using a baking mix.


  • 2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick, Jiffy, or homemade baking mix)
  • 2/3 cup milk


  1. Measure the baking mix by scooping the baking mix into a measuring cup. Add the baking mix to the bowl.
  2. Add the milk.
  3. Stir the mixture until a soft dough forms. Using two clean spoons, dip the spoons into the hot broth, then into the dumpling dough. Shape into a tablespoon size or so dumpling. Drop the dumpling onto the hot broth making sure the dumpling does not sink into the broth. Repeat the process by dipping the spoons into the hot broth and then into the dough until all the dumplings are made.
  4. Cook the dumplings uncovered 10 minutes and then cover. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon out into a serving dish and serve.


  • Use a light hand when mixing the dough.
  • A standard biscuit (baking powder/buttermilk style) dough recipe can be used for this, instead of baking mix. Not only will your dumplings taste better and have a better texture, but you'll cut out the trans fats and preservatives found in premade baking mixes.
  • You can add parsley or favorite herb to the dumpling dough.
  • You can add shredded cheese to the dumpling dough.
  • When making dumplings from scratch, follow the recipe directions, then shape the dumplings by dipping the spoons into the hot broth and then form the dumpling. The dumpling dough will not stick to the spoons, if you remember to first dip the spoons into the hot broth.


  • Be sure to cook your dumplings before you thicken your stew, as you risk burning your stew if you thicken it first. It is also not a good idea to make fresh dumplings with leftover stew, for this same reason.

Things You'll Need

  • Dutch oven or deep saucepan for the stew.
  • Pan lid.
  • Measuring cups.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Two flatware spoons, the type you would use at the dining table. Not measuring spoons.

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