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Brunswick Stew With Corn Dumplings

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  White peppercorns 18 , bruised
  Whole cloves 6
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
  Bay leaves 2
  Parsley sprigs 3
  Dried thyme/4 fresh thyme sprigs 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chicken stock/Flavorful 2 Quart
  Stewing hen/1 whole 6 Pound, quartered, giblets removed and reserved
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Country bacon 1⁄2 Pound, chopped (Best Quality)
  Onions 3 Medium, chopped
  New potatoes 1 Pound, peeled and cubed (3 Medium)
  Canned peeled tomatoes 12 Ounce, undrained (1 Can)
  Dried baby lima beans 1 Cup (16 tbs), soaked overnight in cold water and drained
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Dried red pepper 1 (Whole)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Fresh okra 1 Cup (16 tbs), halved
  Fresh corn kernels 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Corn dumplings 8 (Adjust Quantity As Needed)

Combine first 6 ingredients in small piece of cheesecloth and secure with string.
Add to 8 quart pot with stock and bring to simmer over medium-high heat.
Add hen, giblets and 1 chopped onion.
Simmer covered until chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Chill overnight if desired.
Skim fat from surface of stock.
Remove chicken; discard skin and bones and cut meat into bite-size pieces.
Set aside.
Cook bacon until crisp in medium skillet over medium heat.
Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel and drain well.
Add to stock.
Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and place skillet over high heat.
Add remaining onion and saute quickly until browned.
Add to stock along with potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, tomato paste, red pepper, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Cover partially and simmer until beans are tender, about 40 to 60 minutes.
Stir in reserved chicken, okra and corn.
Bring stew to simmer, then drop dumpling batter in by tablespoon.
Cover pot securely and simmer until dumplings are puffed and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
Turn stew into soup tureen to serve or spoon dumplings into heated bowls and ladle stew over.

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Brunswick Stew With Corn Dumplings Recipe