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This herb dumplings recipe is really straightforward to do.
They are fabulous put into a soup or stew and the herb you choose to use depends on which meat or vegetable is the dominant one in the dish.
This is a chicken meal I have here, so I have used dried sage - for a list of which herbs go with which food look here
So - a step by step photo tutorial on how to make dumplings.
See the tip box at the bottom for a little hint on how to make the dumplings without getting dough all over your fingers.
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Take a large mixing bowl and put in 1 Cup (4 oz, 125g) of self raising flour.
Add 1/2 Cup (2 oz, 60g) shredded suet - either beef or vegetable.
Add a teaspoon or so of dried herb and a shake of sea salt and twist of pepper.
Mix with cold water - add about 5 tablespoons to begin with and mix it together.
If it's too dry, then add some more water.
Tip out onto a floured board and knead the dough for a minute or so.
Make into a roll, then cut into 8 equal pieces. Make them into balls with your hands.
Make sure your stew or soup is bubbling and give it a good stir before you drop the herby dumplings in. You will see that they sink in the liquid to begin with.
They soon pop back up to the surface.
Put a lid on and leave them to cook for about 20 minutes or so.
Serve with some crusty bread for mopping up the juices.
The dumpling mix can be very sticky and you end up with as much on your hands as you do in the actual shaped balls you're making.
I get round this by having a bowl of cold water and I dip my hands in before shaping, then the dough doesn't stick to my fingers.
Dip the dumpling balls into some flour prior to putting in the pan to dry off the outside a little.
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By Liz Alderson
Herb dumplings are so tasty and you can choose which herb to use depending on which meat or veg you're using in your casserole. Step by step instructions with photos on how to make herby dumplings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Main Ingredient: flour, suet
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