Chicken and Dumplings Grandma’s Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients

1 (3 3/4-lb.) whole chicken

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

3 cups self-rising flour

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/3 cup shortening

2 teaspoons butter plus ¼ tsp salt

1 cup milk

Directions

Bring chicken, water to cover, garlic powder, thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken; reserve broth.

Cool chicken 30 minutes; skin, bone, and shred chicken. Skim fat from broth. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper to broth. Return to a simmer.

Combine flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in milk. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.

Drop dumplings a few at a time into simmering broth, stirring gently. Cover and simmer stirring often 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

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Grandma’s Iron Skillet Apple Pie

 

 Iron Skillet Apple Pie

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

5 Granny Smith apples — peeled, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced

3 (9 inch) refrigerated pre-rolled pie crusts

1 cup white sugar, divided

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon butter, cut into small chunks

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 1/2 cup butter into a heavy cast iron skillet, and melt butter in the oven. Remove skillet and sprinkle with brown sugar; return to oven to heat while you prepare the apples.

Remove skillet, and place 1 refrigerated pie crust on top of the brown sugar. Top the pie crust with half the sliced apples. Sprinkle apples with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon; place a second pie crust over the apples; top the second crust with the remaining apples, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Top with the third crust; sprinkle the top crust with 1/4 cup sugar and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cut 4 slits into the top crust for steam.

Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Cast Iron Mac & Cheese

castironmacandcheese

Ingredients

12oz macaroni

3Tbs butter

3Tbs flour

2cups milk

4oz grated Emmental Cheese

4oz grated Gruyere Cheese

1Tbs Dijon Mustard

1Tbs Worcestershire Sauce

1/2tsp dried Thyme

Black Pepper to taste

3oz grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Directions

Boil pasta in a cast iron skillet. Melt the butter and whisk in flour until well combined. Whisk milk into the flour mixture. Whisk constantly until thickened 1 to 2 minutes.

Add Emmental Cheese, Gruyere, mustard, Worcestershire, and thyme. Whisk until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and broil until browned.

 

Cast Iron Cowboy Steak

Cast Iron Cowboy Steak

 

Ingredients

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (1 1/2- to 2-lb.) bone-in rib-eye or porterhouse steak (about 2 inches thick)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 tablespoons butter

8 fresh herb sprigs (such as thyme, rosemary, and oregano)

3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

Directions

Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill, covered with grill lid, 15 minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper generously over steak.

Add oil to skillet. (Oil should smoke.) Using tongs, place steak in skillet, and cook on grill, without grill lid, 10 minutes or until dark brown and crusty. Turn steak on fatty edge in skillet, holding upright with tongs, and cook 2 minutes. Place steak, uncooked side down, in skillet. Cook on grill, covered with grill lid, 8 to 10 minutes or to desired degree of doneness.

Add butter, herbs, and garlic to side of skillet, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until butter foams. Tilt skillet slightly, and spoon butter mixture over steak 20 times (being careful not to splatter). Transfer steak, herbs, and garlic to a platter; let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice against the grain.

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

4 cups oats

1 cup raisins

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

¾ cup brown sugar

¾ cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 stick butter

½ cup Crisco shortening

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees/F

Stir flour and oats with baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Beat butter and shortening with sugars at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs. Mix until incorporated.

Gradually add dry mixture into creamed mixture. Add raisins until incorporated.

Use an ice cream scoop to measure out cookie dough onto parchment covered cookie sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Blueberry Pie

blueberry pie

Ingredients

Pastry

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water

Filling

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cups blueberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter

Directions

In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and the salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/2 cup flour and the cinnamon. Stir in blueberries. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over blueberry mixture. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over blueberries. Cover with top pastry that has slits cut in it; seal and flute. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours.

Dewberry Dumplings

Dewberry Dumplings

Ingredients 

For the Berries

1 Quart Berries

2 Cups Sugar

2 Cups Water

½ Stick Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

For the Dumplings

½ Cup Flour

½ Cup Sugar

¼ tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Crisco

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Egg

Directions

Wash berries. Cook berries with sugar and water on medium heat for 45 minutes.

Mix dry ingredients for dumplings; add egg and enough water to make a soft dough. Roll thin and cut into 1 inch squares. Drop on top of cooking berries cover and cook gently 10 to 12 minutes. Continue until all dumplings are cooked. As dumplings are cooked, remove from berries and place on a large platter. After all dumplings are cooked, add margarine and vanilla to berries and pour over dumplings. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream and Redi Whip.

Sweet Tea Pie

Sweet Tea Pie

Ingredients

6 oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons

2 cups sugar

8 large egg yolks

3/4 cup strong steeped orange pekoe tea, cooled

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup butter until well combined. Add 2 1/2 cup flour and mix until the dough forms a ball. Pat the dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Chill until ready to use.

For the filling:

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter and sugar at medium speed until light. Add the yolks 1 at a time, beating at low speed until well incorporated. Slowly add the tea. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the 2 tablespoons flour, cornmeal, and salt and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Bake until set, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, and then chill for 2 hours before serving.

Comeback Sauce

comeback-sauce

Ask anyone from Mississippi if they know about Comeback Sauce and they will look at you shocked for even asking the question. It’s a dip for vegetables and chips, a salad dressing, a sauce for seafood or a sandwich spread.  This sauce is similar to Louisiana remoulade served with crab cakes and seafood.

Ingredients

1 cup Mayonnaise                                                1 tsp Yellow Mustard

¼ cup Salad Oil                                                     1 tsp ground Black Pepper

¼ cup Chili Sauce                                                  1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce

¼ cup Ketchup                                                        ¼ tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce                                  1 small White Onion, grated

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

Directions

In a food processor or blender, combine the mayonnaise, oil, chili sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard, pepper, hot pepper sauce, paprika, onion, and garlic. Process until smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Sourdough Waffles with Fried Chicken

fried chicken and waffles

For a great breakfast, brunch or dinner, make these Sourdough Waffles with some Golden Fried Chicken.  There is nothing like good Southern Comfort Food to hit the spot when you  crave something sweet and savory!

Ingredients

Waffles

1 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces sourdough starter (Sourdough Starter Recipe is in this blog Bread Section)

3 tablespoons butter, melted

Chicken

Whole Chicken, (3 pounds or less)

1 cup self-rising flour

Milk

2 Eggs beaten

Seasoned Salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

For the Waffles

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until well combined.

In separate medium bowl, whisk eggs and milk until combined. Add sourdough starter and whisk until completely blended. Add flour mixture and butter and stir until combined. Depending on thickness of starter, you might need to adjust batter. It should be the consistency of pancake batter. Add flour or milk as needed to reach that consistency.

Cook in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions.

For the Chicken

Cut chicken into eight pieces.  Rinse pieces in cold water and let them soak in fresh cold milk and egg for at least 30 minutes. Mix thoroughly flour, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic powder to make the fried chicken flour.

Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (375 in an electric skillet).

Dredge chicken through the breading, coating well on all surfaces. Pat off excess breading and place chicken in hot oil, making sure pieces are not touching each other. When the chicken is browned (approximately 5 minutes), turn pieces over and reduce heat to medium (300). Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then remove lid, bring heat back to medium high and turn chicken, cooking an additional 5-7 minutes. Let chicken drain on a paper towel before eating.

Serve the chicken with the waffles along with butter and warm maple syrup.