Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chicken & Dumplin's

>1 whole chicken
>1 1/2 to 2 tsp salt
>2 cups flour
>2 tsp baking powder
>1 tsp salt
>1/3 cup Crisco shortening
>1/2 cup milk
>1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
>1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Place chicken in a deep pot and barely cover with water, add some salt and simmer until the meat is tender (just about falling off the bone) A couple of hours. Remove chicken from broth and set aside Leave the broth in the pot to simmer. Debone the chicken.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cut in the shortening. Add milk to make a stiff dough. Roll out onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Drop squares into briskly boiling chicken broth. Cook until dumplings are plump and tender About 15-20 minutes. Add chicken to pot and serve.