My recent adventures in dumplings have shown how accommodating dumpling batter can be to all sorts of changes. Not only can one add pureed vegetables to the batter, ground up stale ancient corn tortilla chips also find themselves to be quite at home in these pillowy balls. The chips I used in these must have been at least 3 months old!
the dumplings shine with a delicate, slightly sweet corn flavor, and a small bright green note from the cilantro
They taste very much like steamed hushpuppies, those deep fried crunchy balls that accompany fried and Cajun food so well.
Dropping this batter onto your favorite pot of chili is a complete and wondrous delight.
Smoked Paprika Corn Dumplings
- flour:ap, 1/2 cup
- corn tortilla chips: ground, 1/2 cup (~25 chips)
- baking powder: 1 tsp
- salt: 1/4 tsp
- paprika: smoked, 2 tsp
- corn: kernels, 1/2 cup
- green onion: sliced, 1 whole
- cilantro: rough chop, 1/4 cup
process thoroughly to combine.
- fat: (lard, oil, or butter),1 Tbs
Drizzle in while the processor is running:
- warmed liquid: (milk, soy milk, buttermilk, or broth), 1/2 cup
Bring your pot of chili to just below a simmer and drop in tablespoons of the dumpling batter. I find that a small ice cream scoop works very well for portioning dumplings.
This may take one to two batches of cooking, depending on how much chili you have to comfortably fit the dumplings in. I cook for two and therefore have a smaller pot of soup. So I break this up into two batches of dumplings- the second one cooked for leftovers.
Put a lid on the soup and turn the soup down to your lowest setting and cook for 13-15 minutes, till a tested dumpling reveals itself to be light and cooked in the center.
This recipe makes 18 – 20 tablespoon sized dumplings.
One Year Ago:
Arggg, Chocolate Booty
…Over all the chocolates we sampled from Pix shared an amazing set of texture combinations I rarely find in chocolates. They all predominantly exhibited the characteristics of being coated in snappy bittersweet chocolate that yielded a dripping soft center. The fluid center makes these better suited to pop all at once in your mouth rather than bite in half to share, as I found out the messy way.