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This old world chicken and waffle recipe was served often during the lean depression and World War II years. This breakfast and supper meal is world renowned and the unusual combination of both foods is beloved by many people who are influenced by traditions of soul food passed down from past generations of their families.
1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon melted butter
3 tablespoons shortening
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups cut-up leftover cooked chicken (cut in 1-inch pieces)
2 tablespoons finely chopped pimiento (optional)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1. Preheat oven to 200*F. Place an ungreased baking sheet in the oven. Preheat waffle iron.
2. Prepare waffles: Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Beat together milk, egg yolks and butter in a small bowl.
4. Beat egg whites with an electric beater until stiff peaks form.
5. Make a well in center of flour mixture.
6. Add milk mixture and stir just until all dry ingredients have been moistened. Do not overbeat. Fold in beaten egg whites.
7. Brush waffle iron with shortening and bake waffles following manufacturer's directions.
8. Move waffles to oven to keep warm until all have been prepared.
Prepare chicken gravy:
1. Gradually beat broth into 1/3 cup flour in a heavy 2-quart saucepan.
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper; bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until thickened.
3. Taste and add more salt, if necessary. Stir in chicken, pimiento (if desired) and parsley. Keep warm until all waffles have been baked.
4. To serve, cut waffles into sections; divide onto 6 plates.
5. Top with chicken mixture and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of:
Hayes, Joanne Lamb, Grandma's Wartime Kitchen: World War II and the Way We Cooked. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Picture courtesy of chairmanstef.blogspot.com.