Classic Williamsburg Inn Chicken and Dumplings
Classic Williamsburg Inn Chicken and Dumplings recipe 318
or chicken fat
light cream (half&half)
Simmer the chicken, onion, carrot, celery, and salt in enough water to cover until the chicken is done, 1½ to 2 hours.
Remove the chicken from the broth.
When it is cool enough handle, remove the skin and bones and dice the chicken.
Strain the stock and, if necessary, add enough water to make 1 quart.
Melt the butter or chicken fat in a heavy saucepan.
Stir in the flour mixed with the paprika.
Add the chicken stock gradually, stirring constantly; cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken, cream, and pepper and adjust the seasoning to taste.
Spoon the Dumplings on top of the gently bubbling chicken mixture and cover.
Cook for 15 minutes Without lifting the lid.
Sift the dry ingredients three times.
Blend in the shortening with a pastry blender or fork.
Add the milk and mix well.
Dip a teaspoon into cold water and then into the dough.
Spoon the dumplings on top of the gently bubbling chicken Cook for 15 minutes without lifting the lid. Serve at once.