Dumplings with creamy spinach and bacon sauce

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It's hot and I just want to sit in the garden all day and have iced coffee.

I had so much work that I wanted to do yesterday, mainly trying to make progress on some recipe posts because the kids are out of school next week. In the end, I accomplished about 5% of what I set out to do.

If it was an independent job, with a deadline agreed with someone else, it would be a different story, but when do I have to answer too? Yes, that sunny garden called me all day.

And now we have a garden! After all the house extension work, the garden was a little muddy and overgrown.

We finally managed to get rid of the large shed and other things that occupied the garden space, then this week we spent digging and leveling. Yesterday the grass fell and the transformation is wonderful!

Chris was also out of work yesterday (which doesn't help when I'm trying to motivate myself to work in the office). So I left and went to the garden center to collect plants and a nice water source.

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I also saw some beautiful blue flower pot stands / saucers that I thought would make good food photo dishes (ALWAYS looking for photo props!).

The day ended with a couple of cocktails (made with roasted peaches and whiskey, yum!) And a last-minute barbecue. Totally perfect!

Except now I'm sooo behind on everything!

Fortunately, I photographed this recipe and it was almost ready to start. An updated version of my dumplings, this one has bacon and spinach with two layers of warm, fluffy dumplings.

Perfect for sharing (just add a salad and place it in the center of the table for everyone to share for dinner), it's a great party appetizer or barbecue garnish.

Dumpling recipes with creamy spinach and bacon sauce:

Dumplings with creamy spinach and bacon sauce

Dumplings with creamy spinach and bacon sauce – perfect for parties, barbecues, or a family lunch where everyone can enjoy!

Total time: 2 h 20 min

Course: appetizer, party food

Cuisines: American, British

Servings: 6 makes 24-28 dumplings



  • 500 g of strong white bread flour
  • 10 g of salt
  • 25 g powdered sugar
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 30 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300 ml of warm milk (but not hot)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil

Bacon sauce with cheese:

  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 100 ml sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 120 g ripe cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30 g grated parmesan
  • 35 g fresh spinach, washed and finely chopped
  • 12 slices cooked with minced streaky bacon
  • pinch of black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Two torn parsley sprigs

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  • Place the flour in a food mixing bowl with a rolling pin. Add salt and sugar to one side of the bowl and instant yeast to the other side (yeast and salt don't like to be in direct contact). Add butter and milk. Turn the mixer on medium speed and let the dough ingredients mix, then let it run for 7-8 minutes. The dough will be moist and sticky at first, but it will be soft and smooth towards the end.

  • Wipe off a little oil around the inside of a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with cling film and let test in a warm room for about an hour, until it doubles in size.

  • Take a large ovenproof dish or skillet – approx. 30-35cm in diameter. Place an overturned ovenproof container (approx. 10-12 cm in diameter) in the center of the pan. Then lightly brush the outside of the bowl with a little oil; This will prevent the dumplings from sticking to it.

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it onto a lightly floured surface and remove the air by folding it over on itself repeatedly. Divide the dough into small pieces of equal size, weighing approximately 30g each. Roll each serving into a ball. Arrange the dumplings around the small bowl in the center. Leave a little space between each ball so they can expand. Cover the plate with cling film and let it taste for another 30-40 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 190C / 375F.

  • Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients except 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons of minced bacon.

  • Once the dough has tasted, carefully remove the bowl from the center of the plate. Put the sauce in the center. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and bacon.

  • Put the dish in the oven in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the buns and sauce are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush melted butter on rolls while still hot. Let the dumplings cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling over the parsley and serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is per serving.

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