Not the Recipe of the Day

This story is for all those who are convinced that I am a ‘perfect’ cook who never has any failures. So today I was being ‘all put together’ and this morning I put dinner in the crockpot and made lunch on the stove (veggie ABC soup) while Thing 1 was doing her Language Arts lessons and talking to me about her work and I was breaking my arm to pat myself on the back.

At the right time, I stirred the milk and flour into the crockpot to thicken my chicken and dumplings base and then I mixed together the dumplings . . . couldn’t remember exactly how much I use, it’s probably less than when I make biscuits for us, but ah, well, we’ll eat it. Oh, it’s not getting done on time b/c the biscuit top is too thick — pull the crock out and put it in the oven to finish before we go to the meeting and the family can eat leftovers for dinner tonight and tomorrow’s lunch or dinner will already be done — it will still work out. Eat dinner, leave for meeting (notice I didn’t have a ‘remove crock from oven’ step), at meeting for 1.5 hrs — Oh crud — honey, we can’t stay to socialize — we have to see if we can beat the fireman to the house!

Amazingly, the smoke alarms had not even gone off and it looked far better than anticipated — but Thing 2 did ask if the now-plasticized chicken gravy part was ‘chocolate’! LOL!! πŸ˜€ So when I talked to Klo tonight and she asked if I had made any exciting food creations lately I had to admit I had . . . charcoal! What a waste of time and good food/money πŸ˜›

BUT, when I cook it *right*, the recipe is very good. I got it from allrecipes.com a few years ago.

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Bacon Chicken and Dumplings

3 slices bacon

3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 onion, diced

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, diced

3 c. chicken broth

1 t. poultry seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

1 – 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed

3 c. half and half

Dumpling:

1 Β½ c. biscuit mix

1 c. milk

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside; reserve bacon drippings in skillet. Add potatoes, onion and chicken to bacon drippings and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in chicken broth; season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in corn and simmer together for 15 minutes. Pour in half and half and bring to a boil; add crumbled bacon.

In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix with milk and mix well (dough should be thick). Drop tablespoon-size bits of dough into the boiling mixture; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, then another 10 minutes covered. Do not stir while simmering or dumplings will break apart. Serve hot.

My notes: I usually use half a package of bacon instead of three slices πŸ˜‰ and I usually add carrots and sometimes peas to this for more veggies & color. I also make this using regular milk instead of half and half and just add some flour for thickening. Since I rarely buy biscuit mix, I also use my regular biscuit recipe to drop on top. It’s a favorite recipe with the kids at our house! It can also be done in the crockpot if you cook the bacon and chicken and then let the rest cook for several hours and then add thickening agent and top with dumplings and let it cook for another 30-45 min.

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I’m going to have to make this again soon b/c the kids were disappointed that they didn’t get to eat this.

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3 Responses

  1. i’m so glad things are ok! i was a little bit worried when you didn’t answer the phone tonight. i imagined all of you standing outside while firemen attended to your house! ;P

  2. Oh, sorry I didn’t call you back. *embarassed look at the floor* I was on the phone with Klo when you called and I have this thing about call waiting — I refuse to learn how to use it b/c I just think it’s a rude concept to begin with — it’s impolite to interrupt someone. And then I got distracted by children who needed diapers and jammies after their snack and then I forgot to call you back 😦 Sorry!! But we’re happy we didn’t have firemen visiting us tonight. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for being concerned for us!

  3. no worries. πŸ™‚ i’m just glad that everything is ok. πŸ™‚

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