Chicken and sausage have been paired together in traditional dishes across many cultures for centuries. In Cajun cuisine, for example, chicken and sausage gumbo is a staple dish. In Spanish cuisine, chicken and chorizo are often cooked together in paella. The combination of chicken and sausage is a classic one, and the flavors of the two meats complement each other well. Whether you're grilling, roasting, sauting, or baking, chicken and sausage are a perfect duo for a hearty and flavorful meal.
Dumplings are a popular dish enjoyed by many, but have you ever wondered where they came from? The exact origin of dumplings is uncertain, but they are believed to have originated in China over 1,800 years ago. Legend has it that a man named Zhang Zhongjing, a famous doctor during the Eastern Han Dynasty, created the first dumplings. He noticed that many people were suffering from frostbite during the winter and decided to make a meal that would warm them up. He mixed meat, herbs, and hot water, wrapped them in dough, and then boiled the dumplings. They were a hit and soon became a popular dish in China. Today, dumplings are enjoyed all over the world and have many variations, from steamed to fried, sweet to savory.
Meatballs have been a popular dish across many cultures for centuries as well. Many historians believe that meatballs were first created in Persia and then spread to other parts of the world. It is also believed that the Ancient Romans enjoyed meatballs, which were made from a mixture of meat, breadcrumbs, and spices. In fact, some historians credit the Ancient Romans with inventing meatballs.
Regardless of their origin, meatballs have become a beloved dish around the world, with each culture putting their own unique spin on the recipe. From Swedish meatballs to Italian meatballs, there are countless variations of this delicious dish.
Chef Charles Knight continues to revolutionize the culinary world by combining meatballs with all-purpose flour and butter to create the first ever meatball dumpling. This innovative dish is sure to tantalize taste buds and leave foodies raving for his one-of-a-kind creation.
PREPARATION: 1 ½ hours – Makes about 60 (1-tablespoon) Meatballs (freeze what you do not use).
EQUIPMENT: French chef knife, Cutting Board, Kitchen Machine food cutter, 3 or 5-quart stainless mixing Bowl, and 3 large stainless steel baking sheets.
- ½ loaf of 2 or 3-day-old Italian bread cut into cubes
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 medium onion minced fine.
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped fine.
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped fine.
- 1 tablespoon softened butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ cup Romano cheese grated #1 cutting cone
- 1 whole egg beaten.
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage (Jimmy Dean or Johnsonville)
In the stainless-steel mixing bowl, combine the Italian bread with the milk and mix it into a sort of paste. Add the onion, poultry seasoning, garlic salt, rosemary, parsley, butter, flour, grated cheese, egg, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and set aside for the ingredients to meld. About 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375ᵒF. Cover the baking sheets with parchment paper.
To the mixing bowl add the ground chicken and Italian sausage. Mix well.
Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon form into meatballs and place on the parchment paper, about 20 to 25 meatballs per sheet. Note: meatballs with be wetter than normal beef meatballs.
Bake in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. They will fill your kitchen with the aroma of a chicken pot pie baking. Also, you can add 1 stalk of minced celery and 1 minced carrot to the recipe. Bake for 45 minutes at 325ᵒF.
Meatballs can be vacuumed sealed frozen for future use.
Chicken and Sausage Meatball Dumplings can be served as an appetizer with hot sauce and ranch dressing. As a main course with a Sauce Supreme (chicken cream sauce) or added to chicken broth or Italian Wedding soup as a dumpling.