The word “dumpling” is so cute, don’t you think? It conjurs images of “The Apple Dumpling gang” and big pots of chicken n’ dumplings, and fat cheeked babies. It also makes me think of wonderful dim sum meals and things savory. That’s good news because I’m trying to cut back on sugar. I know, no fun that’s for sure. It certainly puts a crimp in my cupcake baking. But I can still make dumplings – especially savory ones.
“Pumpkin” is another cute word. My favorite word for adorable children, actually. It’s also a versatile veggie that works for both sweet and savory dishes. So, just imagine when these two language lovelies get together. Voila, .pumpkin dumplings that work well with fall flavors.
More like gnocchi than your grandma’s dumplings, the flavor is mild and more about the butter that the dumplings are sauted in, rather than a burst of pumpkin (I said no sugar, not fat…). You could amp up the taste by increasing the nutmeg but I like them a little more mellow, a little more of a background player to grilled kielbasa or pork chops. A little sage in the butter might be nice and I’ll try that next time. But like all good dumplings, the pleasing and the plump goes hand in hand and that’s what makes them good.