Monday, December 27, 2010

Seitan Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is one of those things that can get me to fall off my mostly vegetarian wagon. I had never made the real thing before, so this was new on all fronts. I studied quite a few recipes, vegetarian and otherwise, and this was the final product.

For the soupy part:
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup flour
1 quart vegetable broth (I like Imagine brand No-Chicken stock)
1 package chicken-style seitan, including liquid
salt and pepper

Heat the butter and olive oil and add veggies. Cook down until soft and mushy. Add salt and pepper, bay leaf, and flour. Make a pasty roux with the veggies and flour. Slowly add the broth, stirring to prevent lumps. Let this cook until thick and bubbly. Tear or cut big pieces of seitan to bite size and add those and the liquid to the pot. Continue to cook while working on dumplings.

For the dumplings:
2 1/2 cups of AP flour
1 tsp salt
Ice water

Sift or stir together flour and salt. Slowly add ice water to bring together into a stiff dough...probably about 1/4 cup. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a thin sheet and cut into one inch wide noodles. Tear those into halves or thirds and add to pot. Cover and cook until noodles become somewhat translucent. I prefer these flat noodles to the more biscuit like kind, but here is a good recipe for that variety from The Chubby Vegetarian site. I didn't quite roll my dumplings thin enough, but will next time. And there will definitely be a next time...this was fantastic. It had all of the elements of the stuff that makes me turn my back on my semi- vegetarian ways. It was thick, creamy, comforting, and delicious. Both Grahams loved it. It also concluded the soup week. We don't really count the weekend since we tend to go out to eat. Although I did actually order soup the first night we went out to eat after 5 days of soup and I do see red lentil soup in our near future for dinner tonight...

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