As I explained on Saturday, I made this wonderful vegan stew with dumplings on the weekend. It was SO good. Better than I remembered even. I’ll post the original recipe, with my changes in bold.
Misa’s Chickenless Stew & Dumplings
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 small leek, sliced
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large starchy potatoes, diced
- 1/2 pound baby carrots (or diced carrots)
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 2 cups (approx) TVP chunks OR soy curls OR seitan OR one to two cans of chickpeas (drained)* I used seitan
- 3 cups seasoned/salted vegetable stock**
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
- seasonings #1: salt, pepper, sage, poultry seasoning (start with about 1/2 tsp of each, less if using ground sage) I didn’t have poultry seasoning
- seasonings #2: thyme, marjoram, sage, dried parsley (start with 1 tsp of each but less if using ground herbs)
- 1 or 2 bay leaves
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
*use a 1/2 pkg of soy curls, rehydrated. If using TVP chunks then rehydrate in broth first, squeeze out liquid, dust with flour and pan fry in oil first (gives it a better flavour).
**If you’re using bouillon cubes, you can use enough for 4 cups. So if your cubes are 1 cube to 2 cups water, use 2 cubes.
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2-3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried herbs (anything you want) I used thyme
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 (approx) cup soy milk
1. In a heavy pot, brown the onion, (leek) garlic, potatoes, carrots and mushrooms until onions are translucent and mushrooms are cooked.
2. Add in the TVP/soy curls/seitan/chickpeas and brown for a minute or two.
3. Add in the vegetable stock and soy milk and both sets of seasonings to taste (tastewise, it will come together more after cooking) along with the bay leaves and the nutritional yeast. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then cover and simmer.
4. Check every 10 mins or so and stir. Continue cooking until potatoes are very soft (maybe 30 mins), checking and adjusting seasonings.
5. Make the dumplings by combining the flour, baking powder, salt and herbs. Then add the oil and soy milk and stir well. The consistency of the dough should be really really sticky.
6. Drop dumpling dough onto the simmering stew by heaping spoonfuls making sure the dumplings don’t touch. You should get about 5-6 large spoonfuls. They should just be on top of the stew, not submerged. Cover and continue to let simmer for about 15 mins. The dumplings will expand. Check one of the dumplings by cutting it in half to make sure it’s cooked through.
7. When the dumplings are done, remove them to a separate plate and stir the stew really well so that some of the cooked potato disintegrates into the stew and thickens it (you could opt for using a cornstarch slurry here if you want but the potato does a pretty good job).
8. Serve up the stew and put some dumplings on top with a pat of margarine over the dumplings.I didn’t bother with the margarine
Seriously, make this stew, You will not be sorry. It’s delicious!