While grunts, slumps, buckles and betties all sound like adorably old- fashioned insults, they actually belong to the same family of fruit desserts as cobblers, crisps and crumbles. So what exactly is a slump? Well clear that right up for you A slump is a grunt that is baked in the oven instead of simmered on the stovetop. Capisce? No? Fair enough. All you really need to know is that the combination of sweet blackberries and spicy ginger is a winner, especially topped with dumplings perfumed with just a hint of rosemary. The fact that they slump down into the softened fruit is all part of the vintage charm
Our version of this classic recipe results in tender chicken a rich and creamy broth and chive-flecked, light-as-air dumplings. While not traditional, popping the pot under the broiler for a few minutes gives the dumplings a beautiful golden brown crust, a great contrast to their pillowy center. This is Southern fine dining.