- I don't like vegetables with chicken and dumplings or in this case, ham and dumplings. If you do, onions can easily be substituted for the onion powder. Just saute them with the ham.
- Don't drain the pan drippings after you have sauted the ham. The drippings help to create a rich ham flavor to the liquid stock.
- For the ham, I used a store purchased ham steak and diced it up. You can also use leftovers from a baked ham for a uniquely different dinner.
- If you have a bone-in ham, boil the bone and some of the ham in 5-6 cups water to create a true ham stock and use in place of the vegetable and chicken stocks. For a more layered flavor use 4 cups of ham stock and 1 10oz can of vegetable stock.
Ham and Dumplings
Dumplings, recipe below
Saute the ham in a large stock pot until cooked through . Add vegetable and chicken stock and seasonings. Bring the liquid to a low boil and add the dumplings (recipe below). Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the dumplings have thickened the stock, stirring occasionally. Serve warm
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk