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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lefse!


This afternoon my mother, sister and a few friends got together to make lefse! Lefse is a Norwegian flat bread made with potatoes, milk, butter and flour often made and enjoyed during the holiday season. Lefse is typically eaten with butter, cinnamon and sugar but an also be filled with savory ingredients. I received a lefse making kit for my wedding which includes the necessary griddle, wand, rolling pin, hot glove and rolling pin sleeve. If you are interested in making your own lefse, the kits can be purchased at Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis. 

The recipe I have posted below was given to me to by my mom's friend who makes lefse all the time. This recipe was also used to prepare the lefse we cooked today, so I know it works great! 

LEFSE DOUGH
6 cups potato flakes (not buds!)
2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup flour 
2 cups boiling water 

Bring water to a boil. Add butter and salt. Pour flakes and mix with milk and flour. Mix until thickened, then take off heat and cool in refrigerator until cool. Then form into 2-3 inch balls. Cool again on plate with parchment paper until you're ready to cook.

Click below to see hoe lefse is made!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zDAOsgOt8Q


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Basil Spaetzle with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Cream Sauce


Last night I made a delicious spaetzle dinner. Spaetzle is a German egg noodle dumpling made with egg, flour and milk. I paired my spaetzle with a rich goat cheese and pea cream sauce, roasted butternut squash and sunflower seeds as garnish. I have made spaetzle only once before and found it fairly easy, so this time around I was frustrated that my batter would not push through my colander as described. I think I let my dough sit out for too long before boiling, so be sure to follow your recipe exactly. My spaetzle ended up thicker and larger than normal but still tasted amazing. If you are looking for a fun, unique recipe to try out, I highly recommend trying this one! 

Goat Cheese and Pea Cream Sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp flour 
1 cup milk
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 cup frozen peas
1 tbsp dried basil
Pinch salt, pepper, clove

In small saucepan, heat butter over low/med heat. Add garlic and simmer, then add flour and whisk together slowly adding in milk. Once mixture is smooth, bring to a low boil. After boil, reduce heat to low and stir in goat cheese, peas and spices. Heat until thickened, then pour over spaetzle or any pasta noodle. 


Herb Spaetzle Recipe: 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/herb-spaetzle-recipe/index.html

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Indian Matar Paneer


Mater Paneer is one of my favorite Indian dishes. The dish is made in Northern India and consists of peas, paneer cheese (farmers cheese) and tomatoes in a mix of spices called garam masala. Garam masala is a popular Indian spice blend of clove, cinnamon, pepper, cumin and cardamom. The recipe I used called for a cashew paste which helps to thicken the dish as well as adding a rich nutty flavor. Matar Paneer is typically served with basmati rice and naan bread. I added cilantro to my tomato sauce (not mentioned in recipe) because I like adding a fresh element. Follow the recipe to your taste and wow your family with a restaurant quality Indian meal! 

Click below for the recipe!

http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2013/02/matar-paneer-mattar-paneer-recipe-how.html