We just spent the week at the beach. As we often do the first night, we had rotisserie chicken, and various summer produce. (God, fresh corn and tomatoes just taste better when they’re grown in Virginia, they really do).
So, we had chicken carcasses left over. Now, Mom brings a crock pot, and neither of us likes to waste good material for stock, so I suggested a chicken soup or maybe chicken-n-dumplins.
I knew my husband and kids liked it, and was pretty sure that that adults would, but I was dubious my nephews were going to be all that into it. Well, one of them talked all week about it, so I promised my brother that I’d send him the recipe. He’s also an excellent cook, so this is not going to be the dumbed down version, but more suitable to a cook trained by Boo. (Our mother’s childhood nickname and grandmother name)
Aunt Noël’s Chicken-n-Dumplins
(this is more or less how I made it last week. Really, this is one of those dishes where you use up what you have on hand)
In the morning, pop the carcass in the crock pot, and cover with COLD water. Put it on low and do your day.
When you’re getting ready to get dinner on the table, sauté about a cup and a half of mirepoix, and a clove or two of garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add to large soup pot and drain stock into it. Add a bit of rosemary. Let simmer.
When the carcass has cooled enough to handle, pick out the meat, toss the bones. Add the meat to the soup with some salt and pepper.
Prepare dumplins according to the directions on the Bisquick box (look we were at the beach. We didn’t bring flour, shortening and all the rest! I have another recipe for dumplins when the kitchen is properly stocked), and roll into balls of about an inch in diameter. Drop in boiling stew, cover, reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve and accept the ecstatic compliments of the kids.
Dumplins when the kitchen is properly stocked
(I would have doubled this recipe for the 11 or so of us, by the way)
- 1 c. flour
- ¼ c. shortening
- 1/3 c. milk
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Dash salt
Mix dry ingredients, cut in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in milk. Prepare as above.