Pork and herbed dumplings stew

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 kilogram pork (shoulder or belly are ideal), cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 2 cups bone broth (you may need more)

For the dumplings

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  • Heat the butter. Add the pork, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, turning once in a while, until lightly browned.
  • Throw in the chopped onion and continue cooking until softened.
  • Add the rosemary and tarragon. Pour in two cups of broth. Bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 40 to 50 minutes or until the pork is tender. Taste the sauce once in a while and add more salt and pepper, as needed.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings. Rub together the flour, baking powder and butter until the texture resembles oatmeal. Add about 1/4 tsp. of salt, a little pepper and the parsley. Pour in enough ice cold water, one tablespoonful at a time, to bind the dough into a ball. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  • When the pork is almost done, take out the dough and form into balls about an inch and a half in diameter.
  • Drop the balls of dough into the stew. Cover the pan and let the dumplings cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Note that the flour in the dumplings will thicken the sauce of the stew so check the liquid 10 minutes after dropping in the balls of dough. If the mixture appears too thick or dry, add more broth.
  • Taste the sauce. Adjust the seasonings, if needed, before serving.