Tuesday, January 03, 2006

For My Loyal Readers, A Little Luck!

I've been having some technical difficulties with my computer (no ... not because I'm blonde) and so I am working offline mostly on a post, but for those of you who are STARVING, here are a few traditional New Year's recipes.

OK, I know, New Year's is over~but I didn't want to hang onto these until next year!

New Year's foods around the globe:

· Japan: Noodles at midnight at Buddhist temples
· Pennsylvania Dutch: Pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day for luck
· Cuba: 12 grapes at stroke of midnight to signify the 12 months of the last year
· German folklore: Herring at midnight for luck in the New Year
· Polish: Pickled herring as the first bite of the New Year for good luck
· Southern United States: Black-eyed peas for luck, corn bread for wealth and greens such as cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach for money
· Philippines: An abundance of food on the table at midnight in order to ensure an abundance of food for the coming year
· Denmark: Boiled cod
· Holland: Olie Bollen, a doughnut-like fritter

Since I'm in Pennsylvania and my mother-in-law is part PA Dutch, here is a traditional recipe for Pork and Sauerkraut. If you've never had it, give it a try. It sounds so simple but is very rich in flavor.

Sauerkraut with Pork (Sauerkraut Und Speck)

Source: Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book-Fine Old Recipes, Culinary Arts Press,1936.
Printable Recipe

3 lb piece of pork
1 qt sauerkraut
salt & pepper

Wipe piece of pork with a damp cloth, place in large stewing pan and
cover with cold water. Set over flame to cook slowly for one hour.
Add the sauerkraut and more water if necessary and continue cooking
for another hour or until meat has become thoroughly tender. Season
with salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Choucroute Garnie

Printable Recipe

Literally "garnished sauerkraut"-this is typical French provincial fare and my favorite version of pork and sauerkraut.

1 medium onion-sliced
5 slices bacon-diced
2 cloves garlic-minced
1 lb kielbasa cut in 2" lengths
1 lb pork cut in 2" cubes
1 lb sweet sausage -like country style- cut in 2" lengths
2-16 oz cans or bags sauerkraut-rinsed and drained
6 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
2 cooking apples peeled-cored and cut in thick slices
2T brown sugar
4 whole cloves
4 juniper berries-or 1 shot of gin-optional
1 bay leaf
1t freshly ground pepper
1c white wine

Saute bacon and onion with garlic in oil until onion is
tender-don't brown.
Add meats and saute until no longer pink.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer until potatoes and
meats are tender-about 45 min.
Remove bay leaf, cloves and juniper berries before serving.

Hoppin' John
Printable Recipe

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
½ pound salt pork, cubed
½ pound cooked ham, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 ham bone
¼ teaspoon (more to taste) crushed red pepper
Pepper to taste
3 cups cooked rice

Rinse peas and pick over, removing any small stones or particles. Cover with cold water in a large pot, bring to a boil for a minute, remove from heat, cover and let sit for one hour.

In a large skillet, sauté the salt pork to render fat, add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is soft, about five to six minutes. Add the onion mixture along with the ham bone and seasonings to the pot with the peas. Add enough water to cover the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 1 to 1½ hours or until black-eyed peas are tender and not mushy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over hot, cooked rice. Serves eight.

Southern-Style Collard Greens

Printable Recipe

2 pounds collard greens
6 to 8 thick slices partially cooked bacon
4 to 6 cups water
1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons salt

Wash collard greens in about 3 changes of water, until no sediment can be felt in bottom of sink or bowl. Cut out thick stalks and any thick veins. Roll leaves and cut in 1/2-inch strips or chop coarsely. Cook diced bacon to render some of the fat; discard fat or save for another use.
Bring water to a boil. Add the chopped onion, cooked bacon and salt. Add greens to boiling water. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 1 hour, or until greens are tender.
Serves 4 to 6.

Ollie Bollen

Printable Recipe

1 Cake yeast (2/3 oz)
1 Cup Milk
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1 Egg
1 1/2 Cups Currants and Raisins
1 Tart (Cooking) Apple Fat for Deep Frying
2 tsp Salt

First blend the yeast with a little lukewarm milk. Sift the flour and salt. Add Milk, mix to a batter with yeast and egg. Add currants, raisins, and peeled, minced apple. Leave batter in a warm place to rise to double its size. Heat the fat to 375 degrees F. Put two metal spoons into the batter. Shape balls with the two spoons and drop them into the fat. Fry them for 8 minutes until brown. The doughnuts should be soft and should not be grease-soaked inside. If they are fried to slowly the crust becomes hard and tough and the doughnuts become greasy. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve then piled on a dish and thickly with sifted confectioner's sugar. Eat while hot if possible.

Eat up~and I hope the start to your 2006 has been great so far!


CoolChic said...

I love sauerkraut especially the stuff my father makes. He makes it every year in October and I'm not talking just a small amount, they make enough to last a very long time!!

eyes_only4him said...

i love saurkraut too...but it makes everyone in this house fart..and i dont deal well with that..so I have banned it..along with beans..haha

hope you had a happy new year..hope you PC troubles are gone

KFarmer said...

The first sauerkraut I ever tasted was when I lived in Germany. I cant seem to find any on the shelf that compare. What brand would you recommend?

And yessum, I ate me some collards and peas- sho was tasty, sho was yummy, sho was good-- in my tummy!

Wishing you and all of yours a very Happy Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

Oooo! That pork and sauerkraut recipe sounds so good! Unfortunately I'm the only one in the house who eats sauerkraut, so I usually try to get my sauerkraut fix on Reuben sandwiches when we go out to eat or on brats when we have or go to a summer party.

Mise en Place said...

Ugh. I sit here lunch time and starving out of my mind and do what? Open your page. NOT a good move. Everything sounds devine.

OK. Let me go, I have to raid the icebox, lol!