jewish chicken dumplings

jewish chicken dumplings | table twenty eight

 :: Most people have a much loved dish that makes an appearance during their birthday celebrations, whether it be homemade from the family kitchen, or a decadent meal served at a favourite restaurant.

When my brother was young, he always used to request Hungry Jacks (the Australian Burger King equivalent) for his birthday dinner.

While this might have been interpreted as an insult to our mother’s cooking repertoire, it was only because the number of times we had take-away each year was so few that greasy fries and burgers were a wildly exciting treat.

Luckily, working at Hungry Jacks for four years during high school brought an end to fast-food drought and now it’s usually Mum’s roast chicken that graces the table for his birthday dinner.

jewish chicken dumplings | table twenty eight

As for me, I never had a textbook answer because I find it near on impossible to name a favourite dish. Perhaps if I had a whole week of birthday dinners, it might be slightly easier to decide…

But this year when asked for my birthday dinner request, the first thing I thought of was a bowl of these hearty, wholesome chicken dumplings.

Wonderfully fragrant with notes of cinnamon and white pepper, it’s one of the most comforting meals I know and warming from the inside out.

Certainly a worthy birthday dinner nominee!

jewish chicken dumplings | table twenty eight

jewish chicken dumplings


dumplings

4 chicken breasts, minced
1 tsp white pepper
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg

sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 stick celery, diced and blanched
400g can chopped tomatoes
sea salt
olive oil


Heat a glug of olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the garlic over low heat until softened.

Add the celery pieces and continue to fry gently for several minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes.

Season with sea salt, cover and let simmer on very low while you prepare the dumplings.

jewish chicken dumplings | table twenty eight

In a large bowl, whisk the egg with white pepper and cinnamon. Add the breadcrumbs and minced chicken, mixing well to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Mould into walnut-sized dumplings and carefully place into the simmering tomato sauce.

Cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked all the way through.

Serve steaming hot, over wholegrain or risotto-style rice.


9 responses to “jewish chicken dumplings

  • Ellen

    I’ve just found your blog, and I read through every day unable to get enough. I only stop because I want to make the posts last! Your photos are beautiful, and I am entirely jealous of your travels- I’ve already been searching the towns that you visited in Ireland plotting and making plans. Do you mind sharing what camera you use for your photos? I am completely in awe of your photographs (though I realize it is due to your artistry- just curious about your equipment)

    • angelica | table twenty eight

      Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Ellen, it’s incredibly kind of you and I’m so glad that you’re enjoying reading through my posts.

      Photography really is my primary love and the writing comes second for me. As you’re reading back through my work, you’ll see a vast improvement in style and composition over the past couple of years – it’s a constant learning process!! I use a Nikon D5100 with a fixed 50ml lens and tripod for my food shots, which I style in natural light in my apartment. When I travel and photograph on the move, I generally use a 55-70ml lens.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope you continue to enjoy the my photos and cooking adventures…

  • Amanda

    Gorgeous photography. I love meatballs, especially my Jewish grandma’s meatballs. They have the ability to transport me back to being a kid.

    • angelica | table twenty eight

      Thanks Amanda – and in fact given your heritage, you might actually be able to tell me what it is characteristic about this recipe which makes it Jewish..! I’ve often wondered and haven’t been able to find an answer…

      • Amanda

        So funny. I was wondering that myself. Maybe it’s that Jewish grandma’s make meatballs? But I feel like all grandma’s make meatballs. I’ll go back to your ingredient list and see. So funny!

  • If the Spoon Fits

    Beautiful styling and photographs, per the usual! Looks delicious.

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    This is a favourite of my husband…not exactly the same, but quite similar. Looks like a big bowl of comfort!

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