One of my favorite things to do with the stumps is to cube them and add them into stews or soups during cooking, they cook up very nicely and get nice and tender. I'm going to have to try making mushroom powder out of em' next time I have some.
Now here's a perfect example. Well first of all, last saturday I smoked several chickens for our annual big Italian family christmas get together, I brined them overnight in my top secret brine recipe, then smoked them with cherry wood smoke for 3 1/2 hours at 225 degrees. Needless to say, they came out of the smoker with a beautiful mohagony color to them and smelled sooooo damn good. They were almost too beautiful to cut up and eat....Almost. Anyway, I took them to the get together and carved them there so everyone could see how nice they looked before they were carved. I saved the carcasses and bones and I admit that I stashed some of the chicken(a couple thighs, a few wings and a breast or two) to make soup with. So last night I made my soup, Smoked chicken and wild mushroom soup, OMG...what can I say...Oralgasms...Mouthgasms (whichever you prefer). But in this soup I added some hens(stumps and all), chicken mushrooms, dried meadows, and dried oysters. I made sure to chop the hen stumps pretty good so they cooked well and got good and tender. It's a good way to stretch them and make them go a little further when making these types of dishes, stews are another type of dish that you can stretch your hens and make them go a little further. I'm taking the soup over to my parents tonite for our Christmas Eve, it's sooooo good. I can tell you that I'll be making this soup every time I smoke chickens.