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Dumplings Recipe: Crusted with Cheese and Scallions

Updated on March 19, 2013
Crusted Dumplings with Cheese & Scallions, garnished with sour cream.    Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Crusted Dumplings with Cheese & Scallions, garnished with sour cream. Source: Sharyn's Slant

Old Fashioned Recipes Passed Down through Generations

Mom and grandma were wonderful cooks. Many “recipes” were passed down from grandma to mom, and then down to me and my sisters. But I specifically say “recipes” lightly because my grandmother usually did not follow a recipe or measure things, nor did she write many of her favorites down. My mother, on the other hand, did follow recipes and also hand wrote a cookbook for her girls that we treasure today.

One of the dishes my grandmother would prepare was breaded dumplings that everyone loved. I knew they had cottage cheese and green onions in them. I knew they were tossed in butter and bread crumbs. But I had no recipe or measurements to follow from grandma.

So, I experimented until I came up with a recipe that is just like gram’s dumplings. I truly hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for Crusted Cheese & Green Onion Dumplings

  • 24 ounces cottage cheese, drained and mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher salt)
  • 3/4 cup scallions, finely diced (greens only)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted in frying pan
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned, bread crumbs
  • 1 cup sour cream, optional garnish

Instructions for Crusted Cheese & Green Onion Dumplings

  1. Prepare the cottage cheese by draining any excess liquid. If you are using small curd cottage cheese, you can but do not have to mash. If using large curd, mash with a potato masher or quickly run through a food processor (or blender).
  2. In a large bowl, hand beat two large eggs.
  3. Add cottage cheese and mix well.
  4. Add salt and slowly blend in the flour to the egg mixture (by hand with a spoon is fine).
  5. Add scallions (green onions tops only) and mix well.
  6. If the dough is too thin, add additional flour as needed. Dough should be sticky.
  7. Bring 3 quarts of water to a rapid boil in large pot.
  8. Using a metal tablespoon, briefly heat the spoon in the boiling water and then scoop about a tablespoon of dumpling mixture and place into boiling water. Continue quickly heating spoon and placing all dumplings into the boiling water.
  9. Boil the dumplings for 15 minutes. No need to cover the pot. NOTE: even though dumplings will surface to the top before 15 minutes are up, continue to stir and boil for the allotted time.
  10. While dumplings are boiling, place butter is a large frying pan or another pot. Melt butter on low heat.
  11. Add bread crumbs to melted butter and lightly brown them on low heat so they are "toasted."
  12. Remove dumplings from boiling water by placing in a strainer or taking out with a strainer spoon.
  13. Place dumplings into pan or pot with toasted bread crumb mixture and gently toss.
  14. Serve with sour cream if desired.
  15. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Photo Gallery

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Ingredients (plus two eggs).   Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Ingredients (plus two eggs). Source: Sharyn's Slant
Prepare cottage cheese and mix with eggs, flour and salt.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Prepare cottage cheese and mix with eggs, flour and salt. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Add scallions (green onions) and mix well.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Add scallions (green onions) and mix well. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Once water is heated to a rapid boil, begin dropping dumplings.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Once water is heated to a rapid boil, begin dropping dumplings. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Boil for 15 minutes.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Boil for 15 minutes. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Melt butter in large frying pan or pot.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Melt butter in large frying pan or pot. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Add bread crumbs and lightly brown.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Add bread crumbs and lightly brown. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Drain dumplings and toss with toasted bread crumbs.  Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Drain dumplings and toss with toasted bread crumbs. Source: Sharyn's Slant
Source:  Sharyn's Slant
Source: Sharyn's Slant

Please rate this recipe, 5 stars being the best!

5 stars from 7 ratings of Crusted Dumplings with Cheese and Scallions

Family Recipes to Treasure

It's weird. I made the final version of these dumplings just like grandma's. Mom used to make them too. And now I can't stop missing them both so much. I am grateful for all they have given me including a desire to cook something that everyone will enjoy.

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    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kathryn ~ it's funny to me when people say this recipe is different and they've never seen anything like it. I'm sure it's because I grew up eating these great dumplings quite often. Let me know if you do make them.

      Thanks you so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cyndi ~ It really isn't a challenging recipe. And I'm so glad you also enjoyed a little about my childhood memories. Let me know if you try the dumplings. Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ These dumplings are definitely a comfort food! Thanks for visiting and pinning.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi DDE ~ Oh yeah! Recipes shared from one generation to the next are the best. Thanks so much for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi breakfastpop ~ glad to hear you will try this recipe. I hope you love them. Thanks for stopping by and for your votes too.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelley ~ These dumplings are different and really good. I hope you try them for the kids. Thanks for the votes and shares.

      Sharyn

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, this is different than any recipe I've ever seen. I like dumplings, and I love cottage cheese, so in the future I will make this. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It is very special that it was handed down as a family recipe, and I am glad you figured out how to make it the way your Grandma did.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm always amazed at the recipes that show up on hubpages. This sounds like a great recipe to try and doesn't even look too challenging. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and part of your childhood memory with us.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks so, so good. I must make this. What great comfort food! I've visited this hub before--better pin it this time! :-)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing how these recipes keep n popping up from one generation to the next, looks so delicious thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      I can actually taste these dumplings. I can't wait to try them. Up and useful!

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      kelleyward 

      5 years ago

      Yum this looks fantastic. I'm with sgbrown. I've never heard of dumplings like this but I think the cheese will make them extra special. My youngest son would love this. Voted up and shared. Take care, Kelley

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi SG ~ I hope you do try them, they are different and really really good. Thanks so much for your feedback and votes.

      Sharyn

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      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never heard of dumplings like this, but these sound so delicious! I have to try these right away! Voting up and yummy (useful)! :)

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hiya CC ~ It sure is a family treasure. Now you already did make those great pierogi for your hubby. So I'm sure he'll love these too. Thanks for your feedback!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Relationshipc ~ These are very different from "regular, plain" dumplings. And they are really good. They definitely get me thinking about my mom and grandma. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      I love the idea of making dumplings on a cold winter's day. This is beautiful and it's a family treasure. I love it even more. :)

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      Kari 

      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      We make dumplings all the time, but I have never thought of crusted dumplings with cheese and scallions (two of my favorite things by the way!) Yummy. Thank you for sharing this personal recipe.

      I know how you feel about missing loved ones from a reminder such as this. I felt like that yesterday during a reminder of my Grandpa and Nana.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Eddy ~ thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Richard~I would be happy to make you some. When are you coming? And yes, I understand about the crochet items for sure. Those type of things happen to me all the time missing my mom and grandma. You should be able to wash and dry them in the machine. Just use gentle wash and low heat dry. :) Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks Maria! There definitely is love in these dumplings and I know you understand. Sending hugs,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Penelope ~ thank you TOO for bookmarking. I agree, I'm glad I figured it out because it is hard to duplicate one of grandma's recipes. Thanks for your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Natasha ~ thanks so much for bookmarking :)

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello rjsadowski ~ I agree. I can try new recipes but I always loves the ones from my mom or grandma. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Carol ~ Thanks for the compliments. I appreciate you always stopping by. Thanks much!

      Sharyn

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi SummerB ~ Thanks, I like sharing family recipes that are "different." Glad you like this. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Stephanie ~ Thanks for the compliments. Hope you like them!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelley ~ thanks for the stars and votes!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ruchira ~ Thanks! Sorry I made you hungry, hope you do try them. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

      will give this a try!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ thanks for pinning! I hope you like this traditional family favorite.

      Sharyn

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ Thanks for the compliments. Let me know if you try them. Thanks for checking this out!

      Sharyn

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes another to save.

      Keep them coming and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Sharon, Slowly catching up here. Sorry for the lateness. These look great! Would love to try some. When do we eat? lol My wife's gonna shoot me if I take her another recipe. Oh well, you only live once! Funny about your last paragraph though. I just found some crochet items my mother made prior to her death in 1967. They're yellowed, but I'm going to attempt to get them white again, very slowly and gently. However, since finding them, I've had her on my mind too often. Funny how memories come to the forefront when something is there that reminds you of them. Great Job!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thinking of you, Sharon...hope you are well.

      This looks fabulous, even better because of the love you have put into the creation of this in memory of these two beautiful women.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I am busy and not able to get to all my comments until the weekend.

      duffsmom ~ yes, flour would be good lol. Thank you, it is fixed!

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      Jools99 

      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Sharyn, I'm not usually a fan of cottage cheese but these look so yummy that I could be persuaded :o) Great hub, voted up etc, I feel quite hungry now!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      I'm not much of a cook. When do you add the flour, did I miss it? Would love to try these.

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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Yummy yummy, mouthwatering. Like Natasha, I'm bookmarking this!

      So wonderful you worked out how to make it like your grandma.

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      Natasha 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Oooohhh. Nice! Bookmarking this one, for sure.

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      rjsadowski 

      5 years ago

      Great recipe with great pictures. Time-honored recipes, handed down for generations are almost always delicious.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I have never heard of crusted dumplings. These look so good and you did a great job on the photos creating a watering of the mouth. Great recipe!!!!

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      summerberrie 

      5 years ago

      This sounds and looks so good. What a great family recipe to share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      I can't wait to try these dumplings! They looks so delicious and your instructions are excellent. Voted up and pinned!

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      kelleyward 

      5 years ago

      Hi Sharon this looks so amazing and unique. 5 stars and voted up. Can't wait to try this soon! Kelley

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      looks so delish, Sharyn. I just finished with dinner here (PST) and looking at your recipe makes me hungry :)

      will give this a try!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, this looks amazing. Pinning to use soon! Wow. :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are some recipes that you know will be delicious as soon as you see the title of the hub...this is one of them. We will definitely be trying this one.

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