I have always loved dumplings. I remember as a little girl watching my dad roll out parsley dough for dumplings; those are some of my favorite memories of my dad because he loved cooking so much and not everyone can make a good rolled dough! He didn’t use whole wheat flour like I do, but everything else is basically the same in the following family recipe. Dumplings may not be the healthiest recipe for using turkey or chicken leftovers, but they are my favorite and whole wheat is better than white!
1½ cups Whole Wheat Flour plus a little extra for rolling
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons dried Parsley
3 Tablespoons Butter, softened
3/4 cup Milk
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 White Onion, coarsely chopped
8 Celery Stalks, coarsely chopped
8 cups Water
8 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Chicken Flavor
2 cups Shredded Turkey
2 teaspoons Celery Seeds
2 teaspoons Ground Sage
2 teaspoons dried Thyme
1 teaspoon freshly Ground Pepper
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sea salt and parsley. Cut in butter. Stir in milk until a thick dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface about 10 minutes. With rolling pin, roll to desired thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Set aside.
In a large pot, sauté onion and celery in olive oil about 5 minutes. Add water, Better Than Bouillon and turkey, bringing to a boil. Add spices, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Bring to a boil once more. Carefully add dumplings into the pot and boil 15 minutes. Turkey and Dumplings are ready to serve!
I have found when making homemade whole wheat noodles or dumplings, it is best to knead the dough for a long period of time. Whole wheat noodles and dumplings break down more easily than regular ones do in liquid, but they do so less when they’ve been kneaded for a longer amount of time; the dough becomes a little tougher and it makes for a better texture in the end.
Also, once you use Better Than Bouillon, you’ll never go back to regular bouillon cubes; the flavor is amazing and makes for delicious broth!
I hope you like this twist on an old-fashioned family recipe as much as we do!