Home Sweet Home with Comfort Food

It’s so good being home. Coming back to clean laundry, homemade meals, no dishes to be responsible for, magically clean sheets… it is all glorious. Until you have a house and can see how much work goes into running one, you can’t truly appreciate what mom does. Thanks, mom! A

After driving seven hours home, my Mom, the inspiration for my love of food, had this waiting for me and the rest of the fam! Don’t try these poppyseed dumplings before a drug test, though. Not a great idea.

Chicken and Poppy Seed Dumplings

From the book “Chicken” by James McNair, Chronicle Books

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Poppy- Seed Dumplings

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy, broad-topped pot over medium heat. Add the thighs, a few at a time, and brown well on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Add the onion to the pan drippings that remain from browning the chicken and cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring until bubbly, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, wine, and salt and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. Add the milk and reserved chicken, cover, and simmer until chicken is almost tender, about 50 minutes. Skim off and discard any fat that rises to the surface.
  3. To make the dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds in a mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, combine the egg and milk, then stir into the dry ingredients until evenly moistened. Drop by about 1/4 cup mounds onto chicken. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, then cover and cook for 10 minutes longer, or until dumplings are cooked through. Serve immediately.

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Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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