|Finished Product w/ pepper on top|
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|A large stockpot and 4 quarts ( 1 gallon ) of warm water.|
|1 Tablespoon Chicken Bouillon per Quart of water|
|Add your chicken necks, backs, and any other scraps to the chicken stock|
|Cook the chicken until done on a simmer.|
After the stock is done, I like to refrigerate it and save it for tomorrow night. Pull the chicken out of the stock and refrigerate them too.
Clean the leftover grilled chicken, remove the skin, and put in a baggie.
The next day, I'll pick and clean the chicken stock scraps since they are cool.
DAY TWO: Bring the stock back to a boil. Collect a cup of warm stock to use for the dumplings.
|Here is the cleaned chicken from the night before ready to be added to the stock. Be sure to clean the backs for any meat that can be added to the dumplings.|
|One cup of flour for the dumplings. Don't be scared because this is real easy!|
|Make a flour volcano with the flour on a cutting board.|
|Add enough warm stock to make the "lava" in the volcano. Don't worry about how much liquid to add because you really want to have too much to start. We are going for a certain texture of the dumplings.|
|Mix it up and make a dough. It should feel a bit softer than playdough. Add more flour until you get the right consistency.|
|Spread it out very thin!|
|I placed a dollar near the cutting board for a comparison shot. Cut the dough with a butter knife.|
|To give you an idea of how thick.|
|Bring the stock w/ the chicken to a rolling boil before adding the raw dumplings.|
|Add the raw dumplings one at a time, then reduce to a simmer.|
|Notice that it took an hour and the drop in the liquid level in the pot.|
|Row's new favorite soup!|
Comments or questions are always welcome.