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Flat (or Slick) Dumplings                        Makes 8 to 10 dumplings                  


This is a simple recipe with just a few ingredients, but it produces excellent results.  If you're from the South, you probably grew up with puffy or flat dumplings.  My mother and grandmother always made puffy dumplings, which would melt in your mouth.  See the Options below for the recipe for Chicken and Dumplings.  A well-known national restaurant chain does the flat ones.  Our recipe is a lot better.


•  1½ cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)

•  ½ tsp salt

• 3 Tbsp shortening

• 1 egg, beaten

•  5 Tbsp water (approx.)


1.  Combine the flour and salt; cut in the shortening until the size of small peas.

2.  Mix the egg and water; combine with the flour mixture; form a ball.

3.  Pat down and roll on a floured surface until thin, less than ¼-inch.

4.  Cut into 2-inch squares or strips.  Dip in flour and lay on a plate until all the dumplings are done.  (The extra flour            will help to thicken the broth.)  Drop into boiling broth; cook covered for 10-15 minutes or until done.




•  Recipe for chicken with puffy dumplings here.

Close-up of Flat Dumplings
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