Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dumplings & Chicken - Deal of the Day

Southern comfort in a can is the latest Deal of the Day's offering. In the manner of Jewish Matzo Balls or Chinese Won Tons, Dumplings & Chicken by Comfort Creek Foods are tender dough slabs in a flavorful broth. At just 15 ounces, it's a hearty meal in a tin.

I'm always a bit wary of canned meals -- chile with beans is about the only canned dish that sometimes works. Soups are always lacking in veggies, meat and noddles (or rice.) I'll give Comfort Creek Foods credit for loading the can with fat dumplings and tender white meat chicken chunks.

I think the last time I had Chicken and Dumplings was sitting on my grandmothers lap and being spoon-fed as a 4 year old! And after putting away this loaded Deal of the Day you'll be ready for your nap.

The dumplings are as large as poker chips and the chicken pieces actually match the size of the label photo. I could not detect any veggies in the gravy; some pieces of celery and onion would've been nice. And more chicken would have been even better -- I guess that's why it's labeled as "Dumplings & Chicken" not the more traditional "Chicken & Dumplings."

As for the gravy, it's awfully salty; while not quite a salt lick in a canister, it is a common problem with canned foodstuffs, so I'm not too surprised. And I would have liked more liquid or broth mixed into the gravy. When I heated it in a pot on the stove top, what little liquid there was almost cooked away. Maybe they should put somewhere on the label "add 1/4 cup of water".

The dumplings themselves are firm but not too much so, and the taste is light and doughy, flavored by the chicken gravy.

So all in all it's not a bad Deal of the Day. On a scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best, I give Comfort Creek Foods Dumplings & Chicken a big fat 6.

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