But, as she got older, even my grandmother gave in to some of the "modern conviences" of cooking. She started making her dumplins' from Bisquick. And she even bragged about it! So, when I want comfort food and long for a warm, hot dish from my childhood, Chicken and Dumplins' is right there at the top of my list.
And out comes the Bisquick box...with the dumplins' (I know, I know, they have a "g" on the box, but I am going by what my grandmother would say) recipe on the side. I use that very exact recipe. But I double mine.
After I have boiled my chicken, I take the chicken out and use that same broth (I usually have to add additional water as well) to make the dumplins'. FIRST though, I add a can of Cream of Mushroom soup and stir until it is disolved. Now that the broth is super rich, I move on to cooking the dumplins'. The dumplin' batter is a thick batter. I grab a spoonful of it and drop it (carefully) into the chicken broth.
After the entire top of the pot is filled with dumplins' I turn the dumplins over and push them around until I get my entire double recipe in the pot. I turn the dumplins over once while they are boiling.
The outside of the dumplin' is covered with the rich broth, but the inside is dry (as in not moist) and wonderful.
By this time, I have shredded my chicken and add it back to the pot as well. I usually move some of those wonderful dumplins' around to get the chicken at the bottom of the pot. Stir to keep from burning or sticking!
I am sure this can be done in any order, but this is just the way I have always done it. The results are delicious.
Before the next snowstorm hits, go by the store and grab a box of Bisquick and try the "homemade" dumplins' .
Pure Comfort Food!