• These are all more or less and everything but the bird is optional so do like the US Westward Migration did & try to find the trail. Crazy is the rule.
• You need 2.5 – 3 lbs of chicken, duck or goose. (any part)
• 2 cups of flour or better yet 1 ¾ cups flour and ¼ cup corn meal
• 16 oz chicken bullion (homemade is best)
• A couple cups of water
• 1 Tbsp Baking powder
• 1 cup milk, maybe more
• ½ tsp salt
• 4 Tbsp butter or margarine (no grease or oils please)
• A sprig or six of parsley, chopped.
• Good stuff like garlic, carrots, onions & celery
• Spices to taste like Basil, Bay leaf, Cumin salt & fresh ground pepper.
• 2 Tbs flour for thickening
• More good stuff like fresh mushrooms, chopped bacon mild peppers and black olives, sliced
How to make it
1. Cook the bird. I cut it up and put it on a rack in a covered baking pan, add the water, the first lot of “good stuff” and broth, sprinkle on what seems to suit and bake it at 350 deg F for about an hour. You can toss it into a Dutch oven or pot with the water, broth & the “Good Stuff” (it should be covered) and cook away until done.
2. When the bird is done let it cool and skin & bone it. I just shred it but you can cut it up if you like.
3. Poor the juice from the pan or pot through a sieve and give the veggies to the ducks.
4. Put the juice, chicken and the second lot of “More Good Stuff” in the pot and simmer a bit.
5. Put the flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt and parsley in a bowl and mix well.
6. Add the butter and mix again.
7. Add the milk and make your very loose dough.
8. Thicken the juice in the pot just a little.
9. With the thickened juice just simmering spoon in the dumplings, one spoon at a time.
10. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes,
This recipe does work better with a few Costa del Sols under your belt but a few glasses of dry white wine are also nice. Bon Appetite