I don't know about you but my family loves our old fashioned chicken 'n dumplings, dressing and fired hot water cornbread! There is just nothing at all better...well...a side of fried okra might be good too! LOL! Everyone has their own version or recipe but mine is a simple way of making something utterly delicious out of not much other than chicken, water, flour, salt, pepper, and cornmeal! If you do not have broth, make your own with water and chicken bouillion! REMEMBER: The richer the broth, the better the dumplings! And hot chicken soup is the best thing for what ail ya!
1Bring broth and chicken to a boil and cook until chicken is tender. Debone chicken.
2Add celery and onion and simmer.
3DUMPLINGS: Mix flour, salt and water with fork just until thin dough is formed.
4Spread sheet of freezer paper over work table and flour generously. Flour rolling pin well too. (On the camp, I use a bottle, glass or whatever is handy and works! HA!)
5Scrape 1/3 of dough onto pile of extra flour and flip dough around until well floured on outsides. Roll thin, cut or pull dumplings (dragging them into extra flour as you do so) and drape on one hand and wrist.
6Bring chicken and broth back to a strong boil and place dumplings on top of liquid but do not let them stick together. Let those cook and boil while you roll out another third of dough. Repeat until all dumplings are used, adding a layer of black pepper on top of each stack of dumplings. DO NOT STIR but you can gently press each layer down as you start a new layer of dumplings.
7Add salt and poultry seasoning to taste and let dumplings simmer lightly but be sure they do not start sticking at bottom of pot. NOTE: Goes great with a side of Cornbread Dressing and Southern Fried Hot Water Cornbread!