Cabbage Patch Stew with Dumplings

From the Kitchen of: Cindy Lindau's '79 Mom
Category: Main Course  
1 lb. ground beef
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. celery, diced
1 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 15 1/2. oz can kidney beans, undrained
1 c. water
1 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. chili powder

1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. shortening
3/4 c. milk


Brown ground beef and drain. Add onion, cabbage and celery, saute until light brown. Stir in tomatoes, kidney beans with liquid, water, and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer. Prepare dumpling dough (see below); drop by spoonfuls into stew. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, then cover and cook 10 more minutes. The dumplings will cover the top of the stew. To make dumpling dough: measure dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like meal. Stir in milk. Add to stew as described above. Serves 4 to 6.
Additional Notes: This was one of my favorite things growing up. Mom would make it when I came home from Point for a weekend visit. I think she found the recipe in a Betty Crocker cookbook.
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