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Jean’s Fried Dumplings

An old recipe from the Great Depression, given to me by my grandmother. It’s super easy and once you start eating them, it’s hard to stop (like eating peanuts or popcorn).

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix the dough using the above ingredients.

Bring a large pot (dutch oven?) of salted water to a boil.

Put some of the dumpling mix on a wet cutting board (I prefer a wood board with a handle for this job). You can use the water from the pot to keep the board wet.

With a wide-bladed knife, flatten some of the dough to about 1/4″ thick and cut pieces (about 1/4″ x 1 – 2″) into the boiling water. Rinse the blade in the boiling water between each cut. Don’t get anal about the size, it doesn’t make that much difference. The pieces should sink to the bottom of the pot.

Keep this up until some of the pieces float to the top. Skim these pieces off with a slotted spoon and save aside in a bowl. They should be no larger than your little finger.

When you run out of dough, rinse the board and slap another glob of dough onto it.

Keep cutting, boiling, and skimming until all your dough is processed.

Rinse the boiled dough pieces with cold water.

Mix a couple of eggs and some milk or half-and-half in a small container and set aside.

In your largest skillet (Grandma used a huge iron skillet, but use what you wish), heat up some oil. Fry the pieces (in batches if you  have to) until they start to brown, mix in the egg/milk mixture and cook until the eggs are set, then dump them into a clean serving bowl.

Salt to taste before serving.

Serve with the main dish of your choice (goes great with ham).

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