Good Old Southern Peas and Dumplins

Elaine Bovender Recipe

By Elaine Bovender Elaine55

15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top

My husband talks about a lady that he knew when he was a child growing up in North Carolina, who made the best peas and dumplins that he ever had. He loved them so much, that I had to learn how to make them. This is a recipe that I found and tweaked just a bit to help bring back his fond, boyhood memories. He said that they were very close to what he remembers. I hope y'all enjoy them, too.

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2-15 ounce cans peas, drained (you may also use frozen or fresh)
1 quart milk
1/2 stick butter
1 teaspoon chicken soup base or 1 bullion cube
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups self-rising flour (martha white or white lily for best results)
1/4 cup shortening or lard
3/4 to 1 cup milk

Directions Step-By-Step

Place peas, milk, butter, chicken soup base, salt and pepper in a dutch oven. Bring to a boil.
Drop dumplings into the peas. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 min or until dumplings are done. You may want to thicken with just a little corn starch.
DUMPLINGS: Place flour in a large bowl. Cut in shortening in usual pastry method. Add milk and mix until moistened.
Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead a few times. Roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness. Using a pizza wheel, cut into 2X2 inch squares. Drop squares into broth, cover and simmer on low about 20 minutes or until done.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Jul 24, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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Ann Zdunczyk azdunczyk
Jan 25, 2015
My Mother use to make Peas and Dumplings and everyone loved them. I will have to try this and see how it is. She started using biscuits instead of making her own dumplings after a while. She is from North Carolina wonder if your husband ate hers??
Elaine Bovender Elaine55
Jan 26, 2015
Hey there, Ann. It was a sweet lady from the church where my husband's father pastored years ago, near Winston-Salem. My mother-in-law also uses pre-made biscuits now, too. My husband likes that little bit of chicken flavor added in. I got the ones in the picture a little thicker than I meant to, but they were still good. :)