Nov 042012

Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 Medium Acorn Squash cut in half and seeds removed
1 lb Ground pork
1 small red onion peeled and small dice
2 Cloves garlic minced
1 T Fennel seeds
1 T rubbed sage
1 T Hungarian paprika
1 T Chili Powder
1 T Canola Oil plus additional to brush the edges of the squash
Salt and pepper to taste

In dry non stick pan over medium heat, toast fennel seeds and grind seeds. Brown pork in canola over medium low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook to soften veg. Drain mixture and allow to cool. Add Seasonings to combine. Preheat oven to 350. Arrange the squash cut side up on baking sheet. Brush edges of cut side of squash. Fill squash cavities with sausage mixture and cover with heavy aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until squash flesh is soft when touched.

Jun 242012

2 Lbs Red potatoes
2 Stalks celery diced
5 Green onions chopped
3 Sprigs fresh parsley minced
1/4 C Mayo
2 T Sweet relish
2 T Sour relish
2 T Sour cream
2 T Fresh dill chopped
2 T of Favorite bottled BBQ sauce
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot of cold salted water, add potatoes (add addl water if needed to insure the potatoes are covered. Bring to boil and cook until a toothpick is easily inserted in a potato-about 20 minutes. Drain and allow potatoes to cool enough to handle but not cold. Cut into quarters. In large bowl, toss potatoes with remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at lest 2 hours. Adjust seasonings. Serve chilled.

Jun 102012

For Dough
3 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling
3 Russet Potatoes
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 large egg beaten
Peel and boil potatoes and mash potatoes. While the potatoes are still hot, add flour, salt, and egg. Turn out on floured surface and kneed until dough comes together. Form a ball cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

For Filling
2 Large yellow onions thinly sliced
3 T Butter
1/2 T dill weed
1 t fresh thyme chopped
salt and pepper to taste
In a heavy skillet over low heat, sweat onion with herbs until the onions become light brown, about 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings and allow mixture to cool.

Roll out dough and cut rounds with a biscuit cutter. Fill each round with 1/2 T of onion mixture. Fold dough in half to shape, pinch edges to seal (egg wash can be used to help seal the edges)
Drop dumplings into boiling salted water. When they float, remove with a slotted spoon or spider. Set aside.

To Serve
Melt 1/4 C butter in non stick skillet. Add dumplings in small batches to lightly brown dumplings on both sides. Remove batches to warm platter and keep warm in oven on low heat.

Can be served with the traditional sour cream or apple sauce mixed with sour cream