When I first starting discussing the potential of working with Swanson® as a Brand Ambassador a few months ago, I knew without a doubt that the one recipe I would make would be my Chicken Soup with Dumplings; it is a 30 year work in progress and one I wanted to update and share. While we have been given lots of leeway as to what direction to take with recipes, they have made suggestions for different posts and this month it’s soup so I knew it would be perfect timing. So how on earth did I end up with Spicy Tex-Mex Chicken Soup with Jalapeno and Cilantro Dumplings? Things changed!
First and foremost I had just made my favorite chicken soup for a neighbor; it’s my magic potion and I’m certain it truly does have the power to fight the common cold so if you say, “Sniffles” I’ll say, “Be right over!” and I show up with a big pot of chicken soup. Making another pot of the same soup wasn’t quite what I coveted. Add to that my biggest source of inspiration for recipes and I changed course quickly. What is that source? Well, it’s always what’s in my fridge but this time it was a fridge full of foods when I decided it was time for an annual cleaning.
In my case it was a chicken I had purchased earlier in the week but had yet to touch, combined with both jalapeno peppers and cilantro that were sitting in the crisper without a particular purpose in mind and I could feel it; it was time to punt! Moving from my totally American version to this spicier and richer Mexican version would not change one component though; I have a pantry stocked high with Swanson® products and I knew that using their Chicken Broth instead of water was going to be a given. I made that change to my soups a couple of years ago and the difference is fantastic resulting in a much richer soup; so perfect when making something homemade.
I have to give a lot of kudos to the Homesick Texan too. I wanted to make cornmeal dumplings; they seemed more true to the spirit of a spicy Mexican dish and son of a gun, she had it all; a recipe for both soup and dumplings. I’ve taken HUGE liberties with the Chicken Soup with both ingredients and preparation so this recipe has my name all over it but these are her dumplings and no change was needed; the recipe sounded simply perfect for my use and they were. They are far denser than my standard billowy dumplings but hey, cornbread is also heavier than biscuits too, right? There was a moment when I really had to dig deep and find that leap of faith; these babies sunk out of sight and didn’t automatically appear and I was so worried they were just going to fall apart, but they held and finally floated to the surface and all was good. Served with a dollop of sour cream topped with some salsa and chopped cilantro and I’ll tell you this but you have to keep quiet OK? This I did not share…this soup was mine all mine (cue evil laughter). I squirreled it away to the far reaches of the fridge and I do think I had a bowl every day for a week…and looked forward to it too!
Feeling a bit punk and know I’ll bring you some soup? You might just find Spicy Tex-Mex Chicken Soup with Jalapeno and Cilantro Dumplings on the menu; this is so fantastic it’s my new favorite chicken soup. Try it, you’ll see!
This post is sponsored by Swanson® however all commentary is my own.