Ham and Potato Dumpling Stew 2023



  • 1 Christmas ham bone with some meat still attached
  • 8-10 medium-sized potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, omit for honey or glazed ham)
  • Fresh parsley or chives for garnish


  1. Prepare the Ham Broth:
    • In a large pot, place the Christmas ham bone and cover it with water. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about an hour to extract flavors and remove any remaining meat from the bone.
  2. Cube and Boil Potatoes:
    • While the ham bone is simmering, peel and cube the potatoes. Boil them in salted water until tender. Do not drain, keep the starchy water.
  3. Remove Meat from Ham Bone:
    • Once the ham bone has simmered, remove it from the pot. Pick any remaining meat off the bone and set it aside.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    • Add the picked ham meat to the pot with the boiled potatoes and starchy water. Add diced onions and the half stick of butter. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium.
  5. Prepare Dumplings:
    • Cut each biscuit from the can into 6 pieces to make dumplings. Drop the dumplings into the potato and ham mixture.
  6. Cook Dumplings:
    • Continue cooking the stew with dumplings for about 7-8 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked through.
  7. Season and Sweeten:
    • Salt and pepper the stew to taste. Add sugar if desired (omit if using honey or glazed ham).
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    • Serve the stew hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or chives on top for added freshness and color.
  9. Enjoy the Old-Fashioned Yummy Stew:
    • Ladle the ham and potato dumpling stew into bowls and enjoy this delicious and comforting old-fashioned dish!
  1. Q: Can I use a different type of ham for this recipe?
    • A: Yes, you can use any type of ham, but the flavor may vary. Adjust salt and sugar accordingly.
  2. Q: Can I use pre-made dumplings instead of cutting up biscuits?
    • A: Certainly! You can use pre-made dumplings or even frozen dumplings to save time.
  3. Q: Is it necessary to peel the potatoes?
    • A: Peeling is optional. Leaving the skin on adds extra texture and nutrients to the dish.
  4. Q: Can I make this stew ahead of time and reheat it?
    • A: Yes, you can make it ahead and reheat. The flavors often develop even more when reheated.
  5. Q: How long does it take for the dumplings to cook?
    • A: Dumplings usually take about 7-8 minutes to cook, but the time may vary, so check for doneness.
  6. Q: Can I freeze the stew for later?
    • A: While the stew can be frozen, dumplings may have a different texture upon thawing. Consider making fresh dumplings when reheating.
  7. Q: What should I serve with this stew?
    • A: It’s hearty on its own, but you can serve it with a side of crusty bread or a simple green salad.
  8. Q: Can I add more vegetables to the stew?
    • A: Absolutely! Feel free to add carrots, celery, or peas for additional color and flavor.
  9. Q: Can I use a different type of biscuit dough?
    • A: Yes, you can experiment with different types of biscuit dough or even make your own for a personalized touch.
  10. Q: Can I omit the sugar if I prefer a savory stew?
    • A: Yes, you can omit the sugar if you prefer a less sweet flavor, especially if using honey ham or glazed ham.
  11. Q: Can I use the leftover ham from a different occasion?
    • A: Certainly! Any cooked ham can be used. Adjust flavors based on the ham’s seasoning.
  12. Q: How do I store leftovers?
    • A: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat before serving.
  13. Q: Can I make this stew in a slow cooker?
    • A: Yes, you can adapt the recipe for a slow cooker. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
  14. Q: What’s the best way to reheat the stew?
    • A: Reheat on the stovetop over low to medium heat or in the microwave until warmed through.
  15. Q: Can I make this stew without dumplings?
    • A: Yes, you can omit the dumplings if you prefer a simpler ham and potato stew.

Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your preferences and dietary needs!

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