2 T. cooking oil
2/3 cup distilled red vinegar
Place oil and vinegar in a roaster on top of the stove. Cook the meat of your choice: chicken, rabbit, goat or pork, covered, on medium until tender. (The Doodle Soup Festival makes its Doodle Soup with Chicken.) This recipe is for one chicken.
Remove the meat from the roaster but reserve all the liquid in the roaster. Place the meat in a pan and brush it with butter. Place it in the oven until it is brown.
To the broth you have left in the roaster, add:
2/3 cup vinegar
1 cup water
Salt to taste
Dry cayenne pepper to taste
1/4 cup sugar, more or less, to taste
Small amount of flour
Bring liquid to a boil on high heat. The boiling is what makes the peppers take to the Doodle Soup. Meanwhile, in a small cup, whisk together a small amount of flour and water to make a paste. Add this paste slowly to the Doodle Soup, while stirring, until it is thick and very smooth, but not as thick as gravy.
Serve the browned chicken separately on one plate and serve the soup in a bowl, poured over crumbled crackers or over biscuits.