You'll want a big spoon, to slide into these soft, floury pillows.
I've had a hankering for dumplings lately. Fluffy, white, floating in a good stew...what can be better?
A fast and easy dumpling recipe. This one uses mostly pantry staples, and I had it on the table in 30 minutes. The leftovers the next day were even better.
I used borlotti beans because I had them, but any similar sized beans would work—cannelini, kidney, pinto. You can also play around with the tomato products—I used my favourite Waitrose crushed tomatoes in a jar, but you can use a couple of cans of stewed tomatoes if that's what's in your pantry.
The best part was slicing a spoon into the soft, flour pillows, soaked with rich tomato stew...heaven.
Bean and Tomato Stew with Herb Dumplings
1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 can borlotti beans
1 can garbanzo beans (or two cans of either bean)
4 cups vegetable stock
few drops Tabasco
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 can chopped tomatoes
fresh coriander, or chives, chopped, for garnish
1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 cup soy milk
In a dutch oven or large sauce pan, saute onion in oil over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and spices and saute another one minute Add beans and garbanzo beans, vegetable stock, Tabasco, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the dumplings:
Combine margarine and flour in a mixing bowl. Rub the margarine through the flour until the mixture resembles course meal. Alternatively, place flour and margarine in a food processor and blend until combined.
Add the herbs and soy milk, and mix until just combined. Form into a large ball, then divide into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a dumpling-shaped ball.
Add the dumplings to the tomato-bean mixture. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the dumplings comes out clean.
Serve with coriander or chopped chives for garnish.
Notes on ingredients: Borlotti beans are also called cranberry beans. A near substitute would be red kidney beans or pinto beans. Coriander is, of course, known as cilantro in the United States.