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nanny's dumplings

Recipe by
Sherry Blizzard
Piney Flats, TN

Strong-minded, beautiful and very talented women in my family. I learned from the best. Nanny Pruitt's Dumplings was one such recipe I am thankful for. My Nanny grew up in Missouri and was an excellent cook (pointing arrow). When my mother gave me this recipe, she wasn't precise. Mix the flour and salt, start with about 1 tablespoon of shortening. Add in a little water at a time until you have a very stiff dough. As if there isn't enough carbs here already, sometimes my mom would serve this on top of mashed potatoes. The key is to roll that dough out super thin.

yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For nanny's dumplings

  • 3 c
  • 2 tsp
  • little bit...shortening i used 1 tbsp
  • water (i used maybe 1/2 cup...maybe more)

How To Make nanny's dumplings

  • Dough feels dry....but can be molded together.  NOT wet
    Knead to make a tough dough. (Like really tough)
  • Roll it thin!  Some of these strips I rolled again to make really thin.
    Roll out VERY thin. Cut into long strips. Pinch off bite-sized pieces into your hot, bubbly chicken broth/stock. (Yes, you cooked your chicken already and it was happily deboned and cut into nice chunks) and is waiting patiently to be added back in the broth.
  • That's my Nanny, a good old fashioned Southern cook!
    Cook until done (the longer they simmer, the softer the dumpling). Keep taste testing to get the firmnes/softness you prefer. Add in your chicken and serve.