In Southern Delaware we like our dumplings thin and slippery so they just about glide down! You must try making these! These are a must have for the holidays! We usually serve these with chicken, turkey, duck and beef. I do know women who also make them to accompany ham. Many a college student returning home request these dumplings! They are a favorite of all regardless of age!
1In a large bowl mix flour, salt and shortening with fingertips until all lumps disappear. Mixture should look like very fine cornmeal.
2Make a well in the center and add warm water gradually while stirring to make a soft dough ball.
3Flour a clean surface. Divide the dough into 3 portions. Take a portion and knead on floured surface about 20 times.
4Roll into a very thin rectangle. Cut into 3-inch squares and drop one by one into your boiling chicken, turkey, duck, or beef broth. Cook uncovered about 15 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally so dumplings do not stick together.
5Remove with a big slotted spoon to a deep serving bowl. I also add about 3/4 cup of broth to the dish as it keeps them hot. Use a smaller slotted spoon to serve them.
6Note: Some like to sprinkle pepper relish on these as they eat them. I like mine without the relish...my husband likes the relish!