I used Vivian Howard’s recipe for this simple Southern classic. I also used a laying hen that required many hours of stewing. If you use a young/grocery-bought hen, it will likely take a little over an hour. You can garnish with herbs if you’d like but I think it’s simplicity is what makes it so delightful. And there’s no shying away from that rich, chicken flavor with so few ingredients.
I was going to write a review of Deep Run Roots, which I have been anticipating since I caught wind of its publication, but I cannot possibly write an unbiased review. I knew it from the moment I ripped open the envelope and held the enormous cookbook in my hands. You took me home.