Prep 1 hr
Cook 35 mins
A traditional Polish recipe I learned from my mom who learned it from her mom. This is extreme comfort food and is great the next day for breakfast, warmed up in a fry pan with a couple eggs scrambled on top. This is NOT for the health conscious people out there. ;-) Please feel free to email with any questions about preparation, cooking or invites for dinner. ;-)
- 6 large potatoes
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- flour, Lots of it (4 to 5 lbs)
- 1 1⁄2 lbs bacon, cut into small pieces
- Get a large kettle of salt water boiling.
- Peel the potatoes and then grate them in a large bowl. Use the "pokey" side of your hand grater so it creates a potato mash. Don't worry when the top of the potato mash turns a brownish color -- that's what happens when the potatoes are exposed to air.
- Add egg and salt to the mash and mix. Salt is approximately 1 teaspoon -- not an exact measurement.
- Start adding flour. I use a sifter to evenly add over the top of the mash. Mix in and add more. Continue doing this until the mix is too thick to stir, then start using your hands. Continue adding flour until it is like a thick dough.
- Pat out on cutting board approximately 3/4" to 1" thick and cut into approxiamtely 1 1/2" wide strips.
- Start frying bacon in a large pan.
- Put several strips on a plate and set edge of plate on edge of kettle. With a butter knife, cut/break/slide a dumpling size chunk into the boiling salt water. Tap knife on edge of kettle to get it to fall off knife. If dough continues to stick to knife, just dip the knife in the water on occasion. Repeat until done. This goes much faster is you can get someone to help you with a second plate.
- Cook dumplings approximately 35-45 minutes. Stir frequently to keep dumplings from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Water WILL get thick and starchy when nearly finished cooking. This is where you have to keep an eye in them because it's easy to burn at this point.
- Finish cooking bacon until crisp.
- Remove dumplings from heat and drain using a large slotted spoon/scoop and place a layer in a large bowl. Add a layer of bacon. Add another layer of dumplings and another layer of bacon. Drizzle a little bacon grease over several layers for added flavor. Repeat until all dumplings and bacon are used.
- Serve hot. Sprinkle a little salt on top and add butter if you wish.