Cabbage Stew With Dumplings (Bat Wing Stew)

When I use purple cabbage to make this, my kids call it bat wing stew.

Preparation Time: About 45 minutes to an hour


1 small head cabbage, cored and cut in triangular chunks
1 potato, chopped
1 sweet potato, chopped
2 parsnips, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cardamom pods
2 bay leaves
butter or oil
4 cups vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp shortening (or butter, or coconut oil)
3/4 cup apple cider
2 tbsp powdered milk or soy flour
Dill or thyme


Heat a large dutch oven and coat the bottom with melted butter or oil. Add cabbage, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and garlic. Saute for 10 minutes or so. Add vegetable broth, coriander and cardamom pods. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, combine all dry ingredients for the dumplings. Cut in shortening until you have a grainy texture like cornmeal. Add apple cider and mix until the dough sticks together and is just moist.

Drop dumplings by the spoonful on top of your stew. Sprinkle with dill (or thyme). Cover and cook for fifteen minutes more.

You can use Bisquick to make your dumplings if you want to save some time. Just follow the directions on the box!

Additional Comments:

When I first became vegetarian I missed chicken and dumplings terribly. I developed this recipe to fill that void. It doesn't taste like chicken & dumplings, but it's got a similar feel to it. This can easily be vegan with a few substitutions.

This dish is best served on the following occasions:

Halloween, Winter

This dish carries energies for the following magical purposes:
comfort, nourishment


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