Potato dumplings or how to make my husband happy…hopefully

16 Oct

It is getting colder here and I thought it would be nice to make some stick to your ribs dumplings ( as if I need anything else to stick to my ribs…).

And my husband for sure will love them.

Don’t you hate that they can eat so much more than we can?

But still, I do not have to eat all of  of the dumplings.

I have never ever made dumplings..potato dumplings in my life..oh no, once and they would have been fantastic tennis balls for Wimbledon or the US Open…hard as rocks, bouncy and perfectly round.

So, here I am again, trying and the way my granny wrote it down, it did not look too difficult.

So far, they look great, I filled them with a parsley ground beef mix, now the real test is coming..I have to cook them.

If they do not fall apart and if they are fluffy and yummy…well then this is it.

Here you go:

You need:

2 huge baking potatoes

1 egg

250 g flour ( after testing them I think 125 g of flour is enough)

30 g cream of wheat

salt, pepper, paprika powder, nutmeg

250 g of ground beef

a bit of olive oil

1 cup of finely diced parsley

1 small shallot

Cook the potatoes for about 25 minutes or until soft..but do not peel before cooking

While they are cooking, sauté the shallot in the olive oil, after 3 minutes add the beef, salt, pepper, paprika powder and a pinch of nutmeg. Sear until nice and golden brown. Now add the parsley.

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Set aside.

After the potatoes are cooked, let them cool down enough so that you can peel them now.

Put through a ricer, add the flour, cream of wheat and the egg.

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Mix well until you have a nice dough.

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Let sit for about 5 minutes, enough time to set the table.

Shape the dough into a roll, long enough to cut 8 pieces out.

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Now make an indentation in one of the pieces and add a teaspoon of the meat mix. Wet your fingers and close it and shape into a ball. Finish all the other ones.

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And now drop them in boiling saltwater and hopefully they will cook nicely without falling apart or turning into tennis balls with filling.

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After they are done, serve them with a bit of the leftover meat and parsley…and a fresh green salad.

And my husband came in the door and was so happy..mmmh, he said, it smells so good in here…dumplings, I said and he looked at me in astonishment. Yes Sir, dumplings, I said.

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So, they did not fall apart and they were not rock hard, but I think they can use some improvement…I will suggest you only use 125 g of flour instead of 250…they did feel a little dense to me, but really delicious, I must say.

We watched a bit of the Blue Jays …for all of you, who do not know…the Toronto Baseball team.

Now off to bed…sleep tight all and enjoy your first day of winter…oh not yet, well enjoy your first day of snow.

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