Do you have great memories of family meals with chicken and dumplings or beef stew and dumplings? You'll be happy to know fluffy drop dumplings are super easy to make with a biscuit mix.
You can use any biscuit mix you prefer, like Bisquick, from the grocery store. If you have some in your pantry, be sure to check the "best by" date. If you end up using old mix, especially a box you have opened and left on the shelf for weeks or months, you'll find that the dumplings won't rise. It's best to use a freshly opened package of mix to get light, fluffy dumplings.
If you'd prefer homemade rather than a store-bought mix, try this recipe to make your own biscuit mix. You'll be able to use it for dumplings, biscuits, pancakes, and more.
- 2 cups biscuit mix
- 3/4 cup milk
- In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of biscuit mix (Bisquick, etc.) with 3/4 cup milk.
- Stir the mixture with a fork until the ingredients are thoroughly moistened.
- When your stew is nearly ready to serve, drop tablespoons of the dumpling mixture over the top of the simmering stew.
- Cook over low heat (gentle simmer) for 10 minutes, uncovered.
- Cover and cook for 10 more minutes. You may need to stir it a few times to keep the stew from scorching.
To serve, gently ladle a portion of the stew topped with a dumpling into an individual serving dish.
If you have leftovers, keep the dumplings with the stew and refrigerate. You can ladle a serving into a bowl to reheat in the microwave. While some bread doesn't do well in the microwave, dumplings usually microwave well, although they may be a bit soggy rather than fluffy.
Tips and Variations for Dumplings
You can add dried herbs or grated cheese to the batter for more flavor. Rosemary or sage may go well with chicken stew.
Recipe for Basic Dumplings: If you want to make your dumplings from scratch without using a biscuit mix, here is a recipe that uses only flour, baking soda, salt, and milk or water. You may wonder why you are paying far more money for a box of mix. It is especially a smart way to make dumplings if you are unlikely to use up a box of mix once you open it before it goes bad.
Dumplings for Chicken and Dumplings: This recipe makes fancier dumplings. While dumplings generally are simply dropped into a stew, with these you will roll out the dough and form shapes such as hearts to grace a fancier feast.