Monday, October 5, 2009

Chicken & Dumplings - A comforting fall meal

Fall is in full swing here in the Pioneer Valley, which means cold nights and blustery weather. I always crave something warm and comforting this time of year. I can't think of much that's more warm and comforting than chicken soup - except when you add dumplings to it!

This was also my first time cooking with celeriac - and I was very happy with the results. (For those of you unfamiliar with celeriac, it's the root of a celery plant. When boiled, it's similar to a potato, but with less starch and more of a peppery bite. Very tasty! I really hope they have more next week at the CSA so I can stock up for the winter.)

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients
2 cups chicken broth
1 can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup
1 cup water
1 1/2 c. cooked chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces (I used chicken leftover from making broth)
3 carrots, sliced
1 small celeriac, cut into small cubes (cut this just before you add it to avoid browning)
salt & pepper to taste

1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. water
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Method
In a large saucepan, combine broth, cream of chicken soup and water over high heat. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Add chicken and carrots. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes. Add celeriac and boil another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare dumplings by mixing flour, baking powder and salt. Then stir in water and olive oil just until mixed (dough should be sticky).
Drop dough into simmering soup by teaspoonfuls. Cover and simmer 12-13 minutes until dumplings are cooked through.
Serve & enjoy!

5 comments:

Jenn said...

Noting beat chicken soup. I'm really loving the fall weather. I made myself some soup, too, though it didn't have chicken.

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a comforting soup! This looks perfect for the cold evenings that are setting in.

Kathryn said...

Yummy. I feel all warm and comfy just thinking about it! Do you prepare orders to go? To New York? Maybe?? It'd be soooo much easier than me first learning how to cook!
Sweet blog. I'd love to follow...no flwgrs button? No bobble-heads??

ValleyWriter said...

Kathryn - I do prepare orders to go - but I much prefer invites to warm, tropical places (airfare included, of course!). Maybe I'll be offering deliveries to NY in the spring ;-)

I haven't made revisions to my blog in a while, so as you noted - no followers button. But it's up there now! I hope you'll consider adding me! (That goes for all you other readers, too. Come on, you know you want to...)

Marillyn Beard said...

I enjoy chicken soup because, like you said.. it is so comforting!