O-M-G !!! Ever since I put up the post about things that can be enhanced with celery seed (and The Aubergine Chef said herbed dumplings), I have been CRAVING them. As part of this past weekend’s groceries, got all the necessary items to make them. And today was the day!!!
1 package of chicken backs (6 in the package)
1 5 lb chicken
I got a large pot and chopped one large onion, three carrots and an equal number of celery stalks into pretty big chunks. I put those in the pot with a bay leaf, the chicken backs and salt and pepper. I covered it all with cold water and brought it to a boil. Oh – I also added maybe a scant tbl of olive oil – don’t know why, but I did!!!
When it got to a rolling boil, I turned the heat down a bit and let it go. I set the timer for 30 minute sets, and at the end of each “ding,” I checked the water level to ensure that the chicken backs remained covered. In all, it cooked for about an hour and a half. At the end, I had a wonderful stock to cook the chicken and make the dumplings.
I got a colander and removed all the ingredients. They were spent – all of their flavor had gone into the stock. In another pot (yes, I am doing the dishes as well!), I put the 5 lb chicken and covered it with the stock. When that came to a boil, I turned the heat down and let it gently boil for about an hour. I checked the temperature of the chicken and it was 165 F – perfect !!!
I removed the chicken from the pot and pulled out my grandmom’s dropped dumpling recipe.
Gran’s Dropped Dumplings
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Bring the chicken stock pot up to a boil.
I measured out the milk and to that I added some dried parsley (about a tablespoon), about a teaspoon each of celery seed, and sage.
I whisked all the dry ingredients and added the herbed milk. It mixes together to make a soft dough.
I dropped large tablespoons of the soft dough into the boiling pot of chicken stock. When they were all in there (made 11), I turned the heat down to medium low and turned the timer to 10 minutes. No STIRRING!! If they start to boil over, you can turn the heat back a bit more.
At the end of ten minutes, I had perfectly beautiful, fluffy pillows of herbed dumplings. And now, I am stuffed !!!