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To a Southerner there is nothing quite like a piping hot bowl of chicken and dumplings.
It is just one of those dishes that wraps its warm arms around your soul and comforts you on a cold, chilly night (and by chilly I mean 70 degrees F).
This Thanksgiving version of the classic dish is absolutely no exception.
I’ve had the idea for this recipe written in my note book for several months now, and I’ve been waiting and waiting for the perfect time to test it out.
When I realized that practically everything I was going to need would be a standard leftover from the Thanksgiving holiday, I danced a little happy dance straight into the kitchen.
This recipe literally takes the separate components of a standard feast and combines them into a one pot shop of comforting yummy goodness. I was absolutely stunned by the complete transformation these ingredients made when baked together, and I promise you you’ll feel as if you are eating a fresh new meal.
This dish is reminiscent of chicken and dumplings, shepherd’s pie, and chicken pot pie, but the best part about it is it is not overloaded with potatoes, cheese, butter, or cream.
Oh…and are you wondering what on Earth a stufflin’ is?
It’s a dumplin’ made out of stuffin’…duh! 🙂
Now down where I’m from, we don’t really call stuffing stuffing…confused yet? I grew up eating dressing not stuffing which, in my family, are two completely different things. In the real world, dressing is essentially the same as stuffing besides one dire
Dressing is baked in a casserole dish…stuffing is stuffed in a bird.
Fair warning: if a new in-law/significant other/family friend comes to my family celebration and accidentally mixes the two up, they better be prepared to be reprimanded by our mother hen.
I can’t tell you how many times my husband has been corrected by my Mama Mac for asking which stuffing had onions and which didn’t.
But don’t you worry…stuffing, dressing, dumpling or stufflin’ it all translates the same in the end.
It’s a dish that brings family together and fills a home with warmth, fellowship, love, and laughter which is exactly what Thanksgiving is all about.
Getting to know you…
Have you ever had chicken and dumplings?
What do you like to make with Thanksgiving leftovers?
Stuffing or Dressing?