Canederli In Brodo (Italian Dumplings in Broth)

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Photo Credit: 

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Ingredients

1 Italian bread loaf (10 to 14 slices, crust removed, slightly dried)
1-1/2 cups warm milk
8 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 pound Genoa salami or prosciutto, finely chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 to 7 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
chicken broth, heated

Instructions

Moisten bread with milk. Squeeze out excess milk.

In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon with onions for 5 to 8 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Pour off and discard fat. Set pan aside to cool.

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Mix together bread, onions and bacon, eggs, salami, Parmesan, 4 to 5 tablespoons parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add enough flour to form soft balls about 3 inches in diameter. (You can make balls another size but must adjust cooking time.)

Drop balls, one at a time, into boiling water. Simmer 3-inch balls for 15 minutes, or until each puffs up and rises to the top. Remove balls carefully with a slotted spoon.

Serve one or two balls per bowl, covered with heated broth. Garnish with remaining parsley.

Yield: 

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Credit: 

Ann Hicks, Indianapolis, Indiana

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