Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Czech" This Out!

'Ello, 'ello, 'ello my fabulous bloggers! Today, we have a special treat. We are visiting a country we have yet to discover something wonderful from. I hope you all clued into where from the title of this blog entry. If not, it's Czechoslovakia. We have a wonderful comparison to the American dish: Chicken and Dumplings. But, this meal does not contain chicken. I will be schooling you on how to make dumplings along with the rest of the meal. So, grab that shopping list and let's go!

Veprova Pecene S Knedliky
(Roast Pork with Dumplings)

You will need:

(For the Roast)
  •  4 to 6 pounds pork loin
  •  Salt
  •  3 teaspoon caraway seeds
  •  1 teaspoon marjoram
  •  1 cup water
  •  1 cup stock or water
  •  2 tablespoons flour
(For the Dumplings)
  • 4 cups flour
  • Salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 slices stale white bread

Have we got everything? Excellent! Let's start with our dumplings.

  1. Combine flour and salt.
  2. Use a wooden spoon and little by little, beat in the milk and mix with water.
  3. Beat the egg yolks into the mixture.
  4. Keep beating until the dough is well mixed and pulls away from sides of bowl.
  5. Dice the bread and fold into the batter.
  6. Divide into 3 pieces and shape each like an oblong sausage.
  7. Heat plenty of salted water in a large deep pot.
  8. When the water boils, put in dumplings.
  9. Do not cover, but let the water simmer very gently.
  10. Cook for half an hour, then drain.
  11. Cut into slices with strong thread.

Now onto our actual roast...

  1. Score the fat with a sharp knife, rub with coarse salt, sprinkle with caraway seeds and marjoram.
  2. Put a cup of water in your roasting pan (pork doesn't need fat for roasting, only a little water).
  3. Put in pork and roast very slowly, in a 250 degrees oven until meat is tender (about 2 and 1/2  to 3 hours).
  4. Baste frequently to obtain a crisp, crackling fat on top.
  5. Thicken the pan gravy with flour, dilute with stock or water.
  6. Slice pork and pour gravy over.
  7. Garnish with Bread Dumplings.

And there we have a Czech recipe. I hope you all enjoy it. Share the culture and the love. Leave me some comments about what you would like to see, or what you already like from the blog. I hope to see you all tomorrow. Thanks for joining in. Love to you all!