Ham and DumplingsThis Ham and Dumplings recipe is great for using up leftover ham and what could be better than dumplings.  Add some cornbread muffins for a meal.

4 to 5 cups ham, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces or chunks
1/2 cup green onion, chopped (can use regular onion)
1/2 cup celery, chopped
12 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon chives
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
Add all ingredients to large soup pot and bring to boil.  Simmer for about an hour.  Add dumpling recipe below.
Note:  You can add ham bone, too,  if you have one and remove before adding dumplings. 
Pour 2 cups self-rising flour into a large bowl, cut in 1/4 cup shortening with a pastry blender or fork, add 3/4 cup boiling water a little at a time until you can shape the mixture into a ball. Knead several times.  (Some people like to pinch off pieces of the dough and drop into broth but I like them uniform and this is so easy.  Roll out to about 1/8 inch of thickness on a floured board. Cut into strips, then squares, like in the photo below. Note: It is so easy to cut them with a pizza cutter and much quicker and they taste just the same!
Remove lid on pot and add several squares at a time to the boiling broth replacing lid each time for about 30 seconds until you have added all the dumplings. Once all the dumplings are added lower heat to simmer for about 20 minutes.
This recipe makes about 10 to 12 servings.
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes.
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  1. My exes mother used to make patches and ham. I could never find the recipe. I think this is it. Thank you!

  2. Loved all the recipes to try.

  3. My Mom always added a few boiled eggs to her Ham and Egg Pie….

  4. The Southern Lady says:

    If you look on the right hand side of any page and click on soups, there should be a recipe there for chicken and dumplings very close to this one.

  5. You might be interested in knowing that this is what the old Pennsylvania Germans called true Pot Pie or Bot Boi in their language. My family has been making this for generations.

    • Yes Carole people look at me like I am nuts when I tell them that! WE call this recipe “Corny Pot Pie” We use the ham broth and at the end we add some corn.. There are never any left overs.. EVER!!!

  6. Darn. I wish I’d seen this before I had to throw out the remainder of our Easter ham… it sounds delicious!

  7. What a delicious way to use leftover ham.

  8. Karen Barnes says:

    Great idea! My grandmother use to make brown beans and dumplings for all the family dinners. Think I will combine the two recipes!

  9. http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com
    Yum, Yum! I cannot remember how long it’s been since I had ham and dumplings. This was one of my favorite dishes as a young girl. Well you have inspired me to make this on the weekend. Thanks so much for all your wonderful delicious recipes.

  10. I have a lot of left over ham. This would make a great lunch for tomorrow.

  11. Made this for dinner tonight and it literally took less than five minutes to prepare. My picky husband walked thru the front door and wanted to know what smelled so good. When he sat down to eat he kept telling me how good dinner was!!! He never likes soup or anything with dumplings.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  12. I absolutely love all your recipes. They are simple and easy to prepare, but always taste like they were made in heaven. Thank you for doing such a great job. I’m constantly looking for your next recipe.

  13. My momma used to make ham and noodles. Same basic broth. Then she served them over mashed potatoes! Yikes! Carbs on carbs, but oh so good! Thanks for sharing.


  14. Thanks, I was just starting to run out of ideas for the leftover ham. This will be a nice alternative to split pea soup.

  15. LOVE your recipes and ideas and the ease of them. So cute and functional !!!

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