|Sorry for the picture quality. Bad |
lighting. I'll just keep working on
it, shall I?
I made dinner on Valentine's Day. Since the boyfriend had already taken me out to a delicious but very expensive dinner over the weekend, I wanted to do something for him the day of.
Enter chicken and dumplings; one of his favorite foods. Seriously, watching him eat this at a restaurant called Mama Dips in Chapel Hill, you would have think he had died and gone to heaven and Jesus had given him his choice of BMW.
I've always been a little confused over this dish, because to me, "dumplings" have stuff in the middle. So I find my version of dumplings more satisfying, but hey, that's what you get when he grew up in the South (of USA) and I grew up in China.
Moving on. I've never made this dish, but since he loves it so much, I decided to try my hand. I gave it a "ehh" and he gave it a 94/100. I guess that's reasonable for a first go.
Here is the recipe I based my cooking on, but I sort of altered it as I went. I'll do my best to reconstruct what I did. I doubled the recipe because the pot I used was bigger than it was supposed to be, so to compensate, I just added more! Here is my recipe with a few alterations to the original (the recipe here is not doubled).
|Note: there are larger quantities of ingredients pictured here|
than you'll actually need. Unless you're feeding an army.
Or a hungry boyfriend.
1 1/2 + 1/3 cups of milk (extra for the dumplings)
1 cup of frozen corn, peas and lima beans (you can add a little more if you'd like)
1 cup cut up cooked chicken (I just bought some rotisserie chicken)
about 1 cup of cooked potato (also to your preference of potato ratio)
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of normal Bisquick
dash of thyme and paprika (optional and to your flavoring)
- Prepare ALL your ingredients ahead of time (seriously, very important)
- I used small red potatoes- boiled them, then sliced them into quarters; set aside
- Prepare your dumplings- mix Bisquick, 1/3 cup of milk and some thyme; set to the side. (Note: when I made it, I think my dough was too moist, so in hindsight I would have added more Bisquick to make it firmer. You don't want the dough to stick to your hands too much)
- For this serving size, use a 3qt saucepan. Heat 1.5 cups of milk, soup, vegetables, potato and chicken to a boil. STIR A LOT
- Gently drop in dollops of dough to your mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. I don't think you need to stir. I stirred and my dollops started to deconstruct a little. It turned out fine, but I believe your dumpling-biscuits will be more intact if you just let them sit.
- Cook uncovered on low heat for 10 minutes, then cover and let it cook for 10 more minutes.
|You can make yourself a comforting |
honey and lemon hot drink to calm
yourself in this process, as I did.
It really would have helped to have everything prepared ahead of time. Since I was cooking on my own, I couldn't stir and prepare at the same time, so the soup and a little of the chicken burned in my pot, resulting in a smoky flavor throughout my dish. If you like smokiness, then my all means, let it sizzle a little (just a little-- I am not responsible for any fires or calls to the firemen), but otherwise, turn your heat down a little and keep that spoon stirring (P.S. letting it sizzle a little may or may not cause your apartment to smell smoky for hours and ruin a pot--consider yourself warned).
Abraham actually liked the smokiness, so the meal wasn't a catastrophe, but I would probably make it in this order next time as opposed to the order of the original recipe. And have him help me. And keep my stove on low heat.
|Not actually on the menu. Abraham got me orchids!|
He once got me potted tulips and so he says that once you
go live, you can't go back!
But wait! That's not all. I couldn't have Valentine's dinner without dessert. So that'll be next up. What did I make? Well, you'll just have to wait and see!
Let me know if you decide to try this and how it turns out!