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My Grandma was Pennsylvania Dutch and this is the very simple recipe she used to create a savory, mouth watering main dish. These are the dough squares that are added to your favorite broth. Another "comfort food" that brings back fond memories of Mom and Grandma's kitchens. My favorites include: Ham, beef, chicken, or turkey. Some have told me they have also used ground beef but I have yet to try it that way. If you have never made this dish, it may seem difficult at first, but after a couple times you'll be glad you didn't give up, because it really is simple to make and it's delicious.
- PREPARE MEAT.
- Put meat in roaster and add water so meat is about 3/4ths covered, then roast at 350 for about 2 hours, checking occasionally and keeping water amount as needed to make a hearty broth. Ham, beef, or chicken base can be mixed with additional water if necessary,or use canned broth to yield required amount of about 2 to 3 quarts of broth to cook dough squares, depending on how many you add. 40 to 50 squares should be ample for 4-6 people.
- Remove meat from roaster and pour broth into medium to large stock pot.
- When meat has cooled to touch, remove from bone and pull meat apart into bite size pieces. Place back in broth.
- If desired add several medium size cubed and "par-boiled" potatoes to broth at this time. I usually do this only when making with Beef.
- When making with ham, I sometimes add soup beans to broth.
- PREPARE DOUGH. This can be done while meat is cooking. (Remove rings because here's where it gets a little messy).
- In large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of flour and the salt. Use remaining flour as needed for "dusting" and clean up as noted herein.
- Slowly add water and thoroughly mix with hands until dough reaches a "slightly sticky to touch" consistency. You may need to add more flour to get this part right. You may also substitute canned broth or broth made with soup base instead of water when mixing dough. This will give a little extra flavor.
- HINT: Rub flour between fingers and on palms during and after mixing to help with clean up.
- Separate dough ball in 2-3 equal pieces and place one at a time on clean work area moderately dusted with flour and large enough to roll out to approximately 9x12-inch sheet. Dust the dough with flour and begin to roll out,flipping over occasionally and lightly dusting the cutting surface and top surface of dough as you continue to roll out.
- After dough is rolled out to approximately 1/8" thickness, use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to make 2" squares.
- Lay out squares side by side on cookie sheet that is either lightly floured or lined with wax paper. Try to avoid overlapping squares. Roll out and cut remaining dough and layer. Place wax paper between all layers.
- Bring broth to a gently rolling boil and add dough piece by piece, stirring into broth about every 10-12 pieces to prevent sticking.
- Adjust heat as needed to keep a gentle boiling until desired amount of dough is added. Then reduce heat and simmer until dough is thoroughly cooked and "chewy but not gooey".
- Serve in soup plate or bowl and enjoy.
- Please note this dough recipe does not call for eggs. My gram always stressed to me their was a difference between egg noodle dough and pot pie dough. I never questioned her cooking practices, but I sure enjoyed the final products !
As a Pennsylvania dutch cook...I do this but insead of using water....I use fresh eggs...makes a much better noodle...and you want to get them as thin as you can...they do puff up a bit when they cook. When you serve put fresah chopped onions on top. Serve with a fresh apple sauce or with pepper cabbage. We make this a lot for church suppers and fund raisers in our neck of the woods.
EXCELLENT !!!! My grandmother was PA Dutch also, from Central PA, and this is as EXACT as you can get to the real way of making "pot pie". Most ppl confuse "meat pies" with "pot pie" but you have scored big with this recipe. The only thing I do differently is that I always use broth intead of water when mixing the dough, and I like my dough thinner. I use my bread machine to mix the dough, and avoid a lot of the mixing mess. Also, I cook the beans in a seperate pot. Some ppl don't like the beans, some do, and this way they have a choice. Your recipe is right on target....I hope ppl will try it.
Excellent! Don't let the length of the recipe fool you - it's really very easy. I cheated today and used canned beef but it was still great. I also used the broth to make the pot pie noodles - yum! This one will be a staple in my book. After all, I always have flour and salt. A little beef, canned or otherwise and you have a great meal. I served with mashed potatoes. Thanks for posting!