Please note this recipe is for a large crockpot.This is a great recipe when you want to have something hearty to come home after a long day at work. Your family will think you are a miracle worker. Dinner on the table in no time flat! Nice filling dinner that sticks to your ribs (like my mom used to say). This does take some prep time prior to going to work and it is worth it! Note: Make sure you have some extra chicken stock a bit over the top the dumplings will use the broth to "puff up". I cover a bit above the stew.