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Drop Dumplings For Stewed Chicken. Mrs. W. H. Eckhart. Recipe

Recipe: Drop Dumplings for Stewed Chicken

History:
Dumplings have been enjoyed in various cultures around the world for centuries. They are a versatile and delicious addition to soups, stews, and hearty dishes. Drop dumplings, in particular, are a popular choice for adding a comforting touch to a stewed chicken dish. This recipe, handed down by Mrs. W. H. Eckhart, offers a delightful combination of tender dumplings and rich gravy.

Fun Facts:
- Dumplings are believed to have originated in Germany, where they were traditionally made with bread and served with meat or vegetables.
- In the United States, dumplings became a staple dish in the Southern cuisine, often paired with chicken or in a hearty beef stew.
- Drop dumplings get their name because the dough is dropped directly into the simmering gravy or stew, without being rolled or shaped. This method results in dumplings that are slightly irregular in shape but still deliciously fluffy and flavorful.

Ingredients:
- Stewed chicken with rich gravy made with milk or cream
- Water (for thinning the gravy)
- 1 quart (4 cups) all-purpose flour
- A pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoonfuls of baking powder
- Milk (enough to make a stiff batter)

Instructions:
1. Prepare the stewed chicken according to your preferred recipe, making sure to create a rich gravy by adding milk or cream.
2. Pour off a portion of the gravy into a separate vessel and thin it with water. Allow it to come to a boil.
3. While the gravy is boiling, prepare the dumplings by combining the flour, salt, baking powder, and egg in a mixing bowl.
4. Gradually add milk to the dry ingredients, stirring until a stiff batter is formed. The amount of milk needed may vary, so add slowly until the desired consistency is achieved.
5. Once the gravy is boiling, drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the gravy.
6. Cover the pot and let the dumplings boil gently in the gravy for five minutes. Ensure that the heat is not too high to prevent the dumplings from sticking to the bottom.
7. After five minutes, test the dumplings with a fork. They should be firm to the touch and perfectly dry inside when done.
8. Once the dumplings are cooked, serve them alongside the stewed chicken, allowing the rich gravy to coat the dumplings for added flavor and moistness.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy the comforting taste of drop dumplings with stewed chicken, you might also like to explore other dishes that showcase these delightful dumplings. Here are some popular options to consider:

- Chicken and Dumplings: A classic Southern dish that combines tender chicken, creamy gravy, and fluffy dumplings. The chicken is typically stewed in a flavorful broth, and the dumplings are dropped directly into the pot, creating a satisfying one-pot meal.

- Beef Stew with Dumplings: Replace the chicken with tender chunks of beef in a hearty stew and top it off with drop dumplings. The slow-cooked beef and vegetables create a rich, flavorful base for the dumplings to soak up.

- Vegetable Soup with Dumplings: For a vegetarian option, prepare a flavorful vegetable soup and add drop dumplings for a comforting twist. The combination of fresh vegetables, aromatic broth, and fluffy dumplings makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal.

No matter which variation you choose, drop dumplings can add a touch of warmth and comfort to any stewed dish. So, gather your ingredients, follow this recipe, and indulge in the comforting goodness of drop dumplings for stewed chicken.

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