Chicken and Dumplings!
We successfully christened our new pressure cooker tonight! We made Alton Brown’s Chicken and Dropped Dumplings. The pressure cooker worked great for cooking the chicken, and the resulting broth was delicious. While I picked the meat from the bones, the Snook mixed up the dumpling dough (which is basically a choux pastry). He then loaded it into a bag and squeezed out small dumplings into the broth. We thought they looked pretty dubious at this point, but once he put the lid on they swelled up big and fluffy and beautiful. Eight minutes later the dumplings were done and the chicken went back in the pot. LOVERLY.
Of course, this isn’t quite the way my family make it back home in Indiana. This made more of a clear soup with chicken and discrete, pillowy dumplings. I can’t find the recipe, but I’m pretty sure my Aunt Berb’s “dumpling” mixture there is more of a thick, lumpy batter that gets spooned in. I’ve sent out emails to the relevant relatives and hopefully I’ll get the mystery solved soon.