As the weather turns cool this fall, I find myself longing for soups and stews. Today, it was beans and dumplings…a meal my mom perfected.
It was great! Just like Mom used to make.
Ingredients for soup:
1 lb dry navy or great northern beans (I used navy)
a small piece (say 4 oz) of ham, ham hock, smoked jowl bacon…whatever
1 small onion, peeled and left whole
1 t salt
plenty of pepper
Ingredients for dumplings:
1 1/2 c flour
3 T baking powder
1 t salt
3/4 c milk
Soak the beans overnight or bring them to a boil in enough water to cover then turn them off and let them sit for an hour or four. Drain. Recover with water, add the salt, onion and the ham. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, adding plenty of pepper partway through the cooking.
After the beans are pleasantly soft, stir together the dumpling batter.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the milk. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the simmering soup. Cover, and let steam for 15 to 20 minutes.