Pumpkin Dumplings

Remarkably easy and delicious dumplings that are similar to Italian gnocchi. Serve these with grilled meat or sausage.


  • 1/2 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon (generous) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. Whisk pumpkin, egg, salt, nutmeg and baking powder in large bowl to blend. Mix in flour (dough will be soft). Dip 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon into boiling water to moisten. Scoop up generous 1/2 teaspoon of dough and return spoon to water, allowing dough to drop. Working in 2 batches, repeat dropping 1/2 teaspoonsful of dough into water, first dipping spoon into water to moisten each time. Boil dumplings until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to colander and drain.
  4. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add dumplings. Sauté until beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer dumplings to bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Makes 4 side dish servings.

Source: Bon Appetit - July 1997