How to Make Dumplings

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When making dumplings, the first thing that you're going to need is some day old bread. Make dumplings right at home with help from a corporate executive chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Josef Huber, I'm the Executive Chef of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm going to show you today, how to make a bread dumpling. The first thing we'll need, is some day old bread. Which, when I mean a day old bread, I mean brad which has been either sitting out on a plastic bag and kind of gets sort of, chewy and hard. When it kind of reaches this consistency, it's just perfect for dumplings. So, what we're going to do is, we're going cut this up in small kind of chunks. So, I just cut it lengthwise. The recipe here, I give you five cups of sliced or cubed bread. So, like you see here, it's about the size we need it, size of a fingernail, sort of, quarter inch by quarter inch. The next thing we're doing here, we're going to put two eggs in here, two whole eggs, break it right in there, one, two. About a half a cup of warm milk, salt, pepper to taste. I have here some chopped parsley and some chopped chives. So, this is your basic recipe right here. What we're going to do next, we're going to be mixing this and blending this together really well. And this is not truly a technique for this, it's just so everything gets nicely incorporated. And the liquid from the milk and the eggs is going to get absorbed by the bread. What we're going to do today, is we're going to add a little bit of sauteed bacon. Let's say, a small, medium or small onion and maybe half a cup of bacon. Sauteed off and rendered off, we're going to add it to the mix. And we're going to let this sit now for about 20 minutes to have the moisture being absorbed by all the bread. So, the easiest way to do this, get yourself a cup of water, just room temperature water. Stick your fingers in there and wet in your hands. And portion out, sort of half a cup of bread mixture and really kind of work this out, work it nice and then, form it in. Re-wet your hands and into a dumpling. So, our goal is here, not to have any large air pockets or holes inside the dumplings where the water could get in there and kind of explode the dumplings, here's one. Again, it's really kind of, knead them through it and make this bread mixture stick to each other. The next thing we're going to do is, we're going to boil them in salt water. The next thing we're going to do is, I have a little bit of flour in here, like two tablespoons of flower and a half a cup of water. We're going to make a sort of a slurry, and we're going to add this into the water. This helps the dumplings to stay together. And now, we're going to add in the dumplings into the boiling water. Depending on the size, you need like, one to three minutes of boiling time and just turn off the heat. And it can sit there for like half an hour or so. So, we have the dumplings that have boiled about three minutes in rolling boiling water and they're ready. So, you just take a slotted spoon and get them out of there. If you do have some leftover dumplings which you don't need, and they're not boiled, those freeze excellent. And then, cook them from the frozen stage in boiling water, they're going to come out just fine. I hope you enjoy the dumplings.

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