Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipe Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings

Every year on Thanksgiving, I'm like......



My absolutely favorite thing to have on Thanksgiving is my aunt's amazing, home made chicken and dumplings. Because Thanksgiving is TOMORROW, I've put together a list of delicious chicken and dumplings recipes that are quick and easy to make! Enjoy!

1. Chicken and Dumplings Casserole 
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 small)
1 cup chopped celery (about 2 stalks)
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups cooked chicken, bite sized
1 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper (try 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon)
For the dumplings:
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1⁄3 cup non-fat or 1% milk

Instructions
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (350 degrees in an electric skillet) and saute onions, carrots and celery until soft.
2. Add a small amount of unheated broth to the flour and stir until smooth.
3. Slowly stir in remaining broth and add to skillet. Stir over medium heat as the mixture thickens.
4. Add the chicken, peas, salt and pepper. Heat on low while making dumplings.
Dumplings:
1. sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a mixing bowl.
2. Add the egg to the milk and beat until well blended.
3. Stir into the flour until well combined.
4. Pour the chicken mixture into a lightly oiled or sprayed casserole dish.
5. Drop dumpling dough by spoonfuls onto chicken mixture (makes about 8 dumplings).
6. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the dumplings are golden brown.

2. Classic Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:
Chicken:
1 large fryer chicken (4-5 lbs.), neck and gizzards removed
1 large onion, peeled and cut in half
3 carrots, cut into large pieces
3 stalks of celery, cut into large pieces
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Dumplings:
3 cups cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
4 1/2 tbsp. shortening*
1 cup milk

Instructions: 
1. Place the chicken, onions, carrots, and celery in a large stock pot and cover with water.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat so water maintains a gentle simmer.
3. Cook chicken for 1 hour or until cooked through (about 165 degrees). While the chicken is cooking you can start making the dumplings.
4. Once chicken is done, remove from the broth and let cool.
5. Remove chicken from the bone (this shouldn’t be hard, it should be falling off pretty easily at this point) and shred into medium-sized pieces, discarding bones and skin.
6. Pour the chicken broth through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheese cloth or some type of filter (like a coffee filer) discarding the vegetables in the chicken broth.
7. Reserve 6 cups of the broth for the dumplings.
8. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in bowl.
9. Cut shortening into flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles small peas.
10. Add 1/4 cup of milk at a time, you may not need a full cup — and stir until a ball of dough just begins to form, being careful not to over-mix.

Dumplings: 


1. Roll out the dough onto a floured cutting board. Roll about 1/4 inch thick.
2. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough into rectangles about 1 inch wide by 3 inches long. 3. Place strips on wax paper and allow to harden up a bit, at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.
4. In a large pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat, bring broth to a gentle simmer and drop in dumplings. Cover and allow to cook for 7-10 minutes.
5. After those 7-10 minutes are up, reduce heat to low and add chicken.
6. Allow to cook until thickened, about 20 to 30 minutes.
7. Season generously with salt and pepper.

3. Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Ingredients
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbsp. butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth 1/2 onion, diced OR you can use 2 Tbsp. dried, diced onion
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
4 Grands flaky refrigerator biscuits

Instructions:
1. Place chicken in crockpot. Add the butter on the chicken.
2. Add the cream of chicken soup to the crockpot.
3. Pour the chicken broth over all.
4. Add the diced onion and dried parsley.
5. Cover and cook on High for 4-5 hours or Low for 8-9 hours.
6. After the chicken is cooked, shred it and put it back into the soup.
7. Cut each biscuit into 9 pieces, or how many you want depending on how thick you want your dumplings.
8. Stir gently into the soup. Cover and turn the crockpot to High and cook for another hour.
9. After an hour, stir it up and enjoy!

So now that my mouth is watering for these dumplings, I might just make myself an early batch tonight!

Happy Thanksgiving and may your day be filled with love, comfort, thanks giving and safety for those traveling. 

Posted by: Julie Thomas, Visit Baton Rouge


Julie is the new Communication Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. Before relocating to Baton Rouge, Julie lived in Haughton, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in public relations. She now attends LSU as a graduate student at the Manship School of Mass Communications. She loves reading, watching Law and Order, playing with her dog, traveling and exploring the amazing city of Baton Rouge. You can follow her on Instagram or on her personal blog.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Events in the Red Stick




Christmas is exactly 1 month away from today! That means we all need to get a move on buying gifts, setting up our tree, hanging those lights and stocking up on eggnog! 

December is a special time of the year, especially in Baton Rouge. Below is a list of whats going on around town this holiday season. 



Red Stick Revelry Champagne Stroll - Wednesday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. 
This early New Year’s celebration features a leisurely stroll through downtown Baton Rouge with Mayor Kip Holden leading the way and a glass of champagne at every stop! Click here for more information.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra presents "Home for the Holidays" - December 4 and 7
No matter what your schedule looks like over the holiday season, you must take time to see one of the three performances of Home for the Holidays presented by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. The performances will be at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information about the show, or ticket info, visit www.brso.org or call 225-383-0500. 


Festival of Lights- Friday, December 5 from 6-9 p.m. 
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with friends and family while creating unforgettable holiday memories at the Downtown Festival of Lights! At this free outdoor event, guests will find ice skating, lighting of the downtown Christmas tree, art by local artists, live music, an authentic Bethlehem Village set and more. For more information about the Festival of Lights, visit the event’s websites.

Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog - 
Friday, December 5 beginning at 7 p.m. 
In conjunction with the Festival of Lights, the Reindeer Run 5K and Jingle Bell Jog Fun Run will both begin and end at the corner of Lafayette Street and North Boulevard. Click the link for more information and how to register for the Reindeer Run and Jingle Bell Jog.
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64th Annual Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade - 
Saturday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Every year more than 70,000 people make their way downtown to watch the annual Downtown Christmas Parade. For more information, visit www.christmasinbr.com.



Ice Skating on the River- 
Friday, December 19 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015 
Dreams of ice skating with friends and family can come true this holiday season with Ice Skating on the River presented by the Baton Rouge River Center.Twirl around on the frozen rink, do a trick or two, but ultimately try not to fall down. Tickets are $12 per person and are available for purchase online by clicking here. For more information, call the Baton Rouge River Center at 225-389-3030.



Nutcracker on the Bayou- 
Dec 20-21

Nutcracker on the Bayou is a beautiful combination of the classic Christmas story with a little Louisiana spice. With four performances, Nutcracker on the Bayou will be held at the River Center Theatre for Performing Arts on December 20 and 21 at various times. For information about the show, tickets and showtimes, click here



Red Stick Revelry- New Year's Eve, all day event 
Ring in the 2015 New Year at the Red Stick Revelry! Once the clock strikes 12, the custom-designed LED-lighted Red Stick will drop from the top of Town Square Beacon as a symbol for a new year and new beginnings. For more information about the Red Stick Revelry and available ticket packages, click here.




Posted by: Julie Thomas, Visit Baton Rouge
Julie is the new Communication Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. Before relocating to Baton Rouge, Julie lived in Haughton, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in public relations. She now attends LSU as a graduate student at the Manship School of Mass Communications. She loves reading, watching Law and Order, playing with her dog, traveling and exploring the amazing city of Baton Rouge. You can follow her on Instagram or on her personal blog.