Vegan Cornmeal Dumplings

Vegan Cornmeal Dumplings

Ingredients 
  • 2 Cups Cornmeal or Corn Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Minced Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Vegan Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Chipotle Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, then add enough boiling water while stirring to make a stiff dough.
Spoon dollops over cooked greens, then simmer for 10-12 minutes or until firm. 
Vegan Cornmeal Dumplings Over Greens

A Little Background

As an e-commerce  entrepreneur, I'm always on the hunt for new recipes to show off my products. This part of my work is quite rewarding when I get around to it. Researching topics, adapting recipes, and generally being creative and scholarly provides a nice contrast to the manual labor that entails my everyday life as a miller. As an added bonus, my family and I get to eat some really tasty food when I crack the code and find something we really like. It's fun being creative in the kitchen, and the rewards are often delicious!

And this was the case last week on a cool late October evening. I picked up some locally grown collard greens, and soon I was cooking them down in some water and vegan stock. I'm hoping you, dear reader, have acquired the skill to cook greens! I may provide a recipe later, but for now I will assume you have the greens down-pat.

 

This particular recipe I adapted from Juanita C. Kibler's Dutch Fork Cookery, published by the Dutch Fork Press in 1989. Kibler's original recipe called for shortening (replaced here with vegan butter) and mustard (replaced with chipotle powder). My initial attempt at this (remarkably easy) dish was not my favorite. In retrospect, I should have predicted that a dumpling with mustard in it might be just a little bitter over mustard greens.  But still I though there was great flavor potential, and I was surprised at just how easy a dumpling was to whip up!

So my second iteration was over collards, and I exchanged the mustard for chipotle powder. We devoured the entire pot that night.

As a bonus, this dish gets you your starch and vegetables in one pot!

I hope you can enjoy this dish with your friends and family.