Down in the South where I am from comfort foods are very satisfying to the soul. My family has handed down recipes from generation to generation. These foods were usually easy to fix and easy on the pocketbook too. I will share a few of my favorites with you.
Tasty Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken thighs or legs package enought for your family. I use around 8 to 10 thights or legs.
Seasonings1 tsps.each-salt,pepper,garlic powder and onion powder or to your taste.
3 cups flour
1 cup water and 1 cup of milk
1/2 cup chicken broth from stock pot
vegetables-carrots ,and celery 3 or 4 of each chopped, 1 large onion chopped
To begin put a large stock pot of 8 cups water on the stove burner. The water needs to start heating up on high heat then add chicken. Let the chicken boil on burner turned down to medium for an hour.
Add the vegetables and the spices, cook until vegetables and the chicken are almost cooked. If needed add a little more water. Everything should be tender when stuck with a fork.
Next stir up the flour ,water ,milk and the chicken broth together until the consistency of biscuit dough. Roll some of the dough into a ball and then placed on floured waxed paper. Flour lightly on top of dough and roll out into a flat square with a glass or rolling pin. Cut up with a butter knife into squares. Drop squares slowly into the stock pot 3 or 4 at a time do this until all the dough is used up. When the dumplings are done your comfort meal is ready!
Beef and Vegetable Stew
Lean roast beef cut up 2 lbs.
Vegetables chopped-4 Potatoes, 1 onion, 3 carrots
Vegetables small bag frozen-corn,peas or beans
Vegetables canned- 1 stewed tomato
1 tsp.salt and pepper
In a stock pot of 6 cups water put in beef turn burner to medium. Let the beef cook for one hour. Test with a fork for tenderness when almost done add all the vegetables and cook another 30 minutes. When the dinner is done serve with warm bread. Delicious!
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
1 whole frying chicken cut up
3 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
seasonings-salt and pepper
Roll the seasoned chicken pieces in a large bowl with the buttermilk. Let sit to marinade for 15 minutes. Put flour into another bowl. Put enough oil to fry chicken about half way up the pan. Heat up the oil in a skillet to frying stage. Flour the chicken well. Put in 3 or 4 pieces of floured chicken carefully to fry until brown and crispy. Keep cooking until all the chicken is fried.
The buttermilk fried chicken is great served with mashed potatoe with gravys,beans,and biscuits. Enjoy!
1 1b. shrimp shelled and cleaned
1 large onion,chopped
1 bellpepper ,chopped
1 can of chopped tomatoe
seasonings- 1/4 tsp. chili powder,1/4 tsp. garlic powder,1/4 tsp.thyme,1 teasp. salt and 1 teasp. pepper. If you like it spicy add a couple of drops of hot sauce.
3 cups water
Put the water and in a stock pot heat til boiling. Add vegetables and seasonings. Cook the vegetables on medium heat until done then add the shrimp. Cook for about 15 mintues more or until the shrimp are done. Easy to fix this comforting hot gumbo is good anytime served with crackers or buttered rolls.