I've been making these dumplings for more than 30 years. They are one of our family's "all-time favorite" dumplings. You can serve these with any gravy of your choice.
16 slices bread, torn into small pieces
4-5 large eggs, starting with 4 (if too dry, add 1 more egg)
1/2 - 3/4 cup milk, starting with 1/2 cup (if too dry, add 1/4 c. more)
several large dashes of salt
several large dashes of nutmeg
vegetable oil (for deep frying)
Place a sheet of wax paper onto one 15x10x1-inch baking sheet. Set baking sheet aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
Add the milk, salt, and nutmeg; stir thoroughly.
Add the torn bread, and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Shape bread mixture into 7-8 medium sized balls (each about 2-1/2" to 3" in size).
Place the dumplings onto the baking sheet, that was lined with the wax paper.
Add vegetable oil to a deep fryer, and set the deep fryer to 375 degrees.
When the deep fryer is hot enough, add the dumplings, and fry them until they're a golden brown (about 5-7 minutes) and turning them once or twice. (Don't worry if the dumplings look a bit dark in color. Once you cook them in boiling water, the dumplings lighten up a bit in color).
Place the fried dumplings on paper toweling.
To cook the dumplings: Place dumplings in a large pot of boiling water; and cook them uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove and serve the dumplings with a gravy of your choice.
Yields: 7 - 8 servings
To freeze the dumplings: After the dumplings are deep-fried, and placed on paper towels; cool them to room temperature. Place the cooled dumplings in (freezer-type) Ziploc bags, and store them in the freezer. (You can freeze the dumplings for several months).
Note: Thaw the frozen dumplings completely, before cooking them in boiling water.
Additional pictures of the dumplings while being deep fried, boiled in water, and then served with the gravy.....
Dumplings being deep fried.
Dumplings cooked in boiling water.
How dumplings look after being cooked in boiling water.
How all the dumplings look after being boiled in water.
How dumplings look after being cooked and served with gravy.