[Sca-cooks] Okay, anybody doing anything unusual for Thanksgiving?

rene chaisson renechaisson at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 25 15:43:52 PST 2008

I still feel the childhood canned sauerkraut pain! But the other day we had a potluck at work and this wonderful smell drove me forward. Only tried a bite, and was very good, so I'm willing to give it another try-if she makes it-NO CANNED STUFF!!!

--- On Tue, 11/25/08, Kathleen A Roberts <karobert at unm.edu> wrote:
From: Kathleen A Roberts <karobert at unm.edu>
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Okay, anybody doing anything unusual for Thanksgiving?
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 4:53 PM

On Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:50:38 -0500
  "Mairi Ceilidh" <jjterlouw at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Would you be willing to share your recipe for the 
>dumplings that go in the
> sauerkraut and sausage dish?  I would be grateful, even 
>if my husband would
> rather be elsewhere.

as would my husband, oddly enough.  in his food formative 
years, his mother ate cold sauerkraut out of the aluminum 
can.  i believe the trauma has lasted until this day, 
altho he will eat a small serving of this sauerkraut on 
holidays.   which is when i make it, out of deference to 
his.... pain.

the dumplings are a vague recipe learned when i was young. 
 about a cup of flour, 1/4 tsp salt, black pepper to 
taste, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, water until it looks 
right.  once i added caraway seeds and it tasted great, 
but looked like i used buggy flour. 8)  so add seeds to 
the kraut, not the dumplings.

the sauerkraut needs to be a bit soupy.   in a crock pot i 
mix 1 jar of sauerkraut, 1 small chopped onion, 1 small 
chopped apple, about 1 cup of white wine, a heaping 
tablespoon of brown sugar (not packed), fennel or caraway 
as you like, and lay some plain pork sausages or pork 
chops on top and cook until the sausage/pork is about 
done.  then i moosh (technical term) everything around and 
drop the dumpling batter on top, return the crock pot lid 
and cook until the dumplings are done.

it's a meal in itself.

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which 
sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
W. B. Yeats
Kathleen Roberts
Coordinator of Freshman Admissions
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
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