Monday, October 28, 2013

Hearty Vegetable and Fresh Herb Dumplings

Brrrrrr, the weather is cold, bring on the comfort foods!!!
For the stew:
6 cups organic vegetable broth
1 large sweet onion, peeled and diced
1 cup diced fresh carrots
1 cup frozen or canned sweet peas
1 cup celery, diced (try celeriac from the CSA share)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs (sage, thyme, oregano from the U-Pick!)
Salt and pepper to taste
For the dumplings:
2 cups baking mix such as Bisquick
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
4-5 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon onion powder
In a large saucepot over medium heat, add all of the ingredients for the stew (vegetable broth,  onion, carrots, sweet peas, celery and seasonings), stir well and bring to a simmer. Cook covered for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to medium low.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dumplings, mixing well.
Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture into the stew. Continue to cook covered until all the dumplings are cooked completely (they will float to the top).
Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or extra thyme and serve.

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