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Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Most food trucks' menus lean towards handheld foods that can be eaten on the go—sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, tacos and the like, but others, like Portland's Tabor, are more concerned with doling out delicious, authentic fare, unconcerned about silly logistics like portability. Tabor specializes in Czech cuisine: hearty soups and stews, sausages and dumplings, and all sorts of other foods that require a fork, knife, and spoon. Their deeply flavored Eastern European plates are ideal for Portland's chilly, dreary weather, and since their opening in 2002 they've been satisfying the city's urge for exotic yet familiar dishes like this Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings..

Adapted for Heather Shouse's Food Trucks, this dish of braised chicken thighs in a creamy paprika sauce is grandma food through and through. The ingredients and preparation are simple, but the flavors of the gravy are deep and almost sweet with cream and caramelized onions, and pretty much ideal for saucing a pile of fluffy yeasted dumplings that acts as the base.

Adapted from Food Trucks by Heather Shouse. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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