Superfluous Rooster and Dumplings
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Serves: 4 to 6
Roosters--with their traditionally tougher meat--are ideal for this dish, which can simmer all afternoon on the stove. Hens or chickens from the store will take much less time to cook, but will taste fantastic, as well.
  • 1 large 3- to 4-pound chicken or rooster, cut into serving pieces
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 large onions, cut into quarters
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 8 to 10 fresh mushrooms, cleaned and halved
  • 2 large cloves garlic, smashed and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh sweet marjoram, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • Herbed Dumplings:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tb chopped fresh herbs (parsley and/or thyme and/or chives are very nice)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Butter a deep, oven-proof casserole dish that can also be put on stove-top burner, or a dutch oven with a lid.
  3. Remove excess skin and fat from chicken pieces, and put into casserole.
  4. Stick cloves into the onion pieces.
  5. Add all vegetables, herbs, and seasonings, and pour the wine over all.
  6. Cover casserole and bake in oven until chicken is barely tender, about 1 to 2 hours (the rooster will take longer to become tender). Don't overcook!
  7. (Note: if you want to double this recipe and make it in your big stock pot, it works just as well to cook it on the stovetop.)
  8. Make dumpling dough: Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  9. Mix wet ingredients, then add wet to dry, mixing until dough begins to come together.
  10. Remove casserole from oven, and put on stove top, on medium heat. Stir sour cream into the casserole, and when the chicken and vegetables are just bubbling, drop the dumplings from a teaspoon all around the edge of the casserole. Simmer 10 minutes uncovered, and then 10 minutes covered.
  11. Serve right away, giving each diner a generous portion of stew and several fluffy dumplings.
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