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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day.... and some Serviettenknödels (napkin dumplins)

Hope everyone who was supposed to remember Valentine's Day remembered it. There's still time if you hurry!
Give your loved ones extra hugs today too. :)
I'm going to treat myself to lobster tonight. Not sure how I will cook it but the store had a kazillion of them and I couldn't resist bringing one home.

I made my first Serviettenknödel recently. Had not tried these before. A friend in Austria described them to me and I wanted to give them a go.

I combined two eggs, salt, pepper, minced onion, parsley and about 1 cup of milk..

added day old bread cubes... I guessed on the amount. Wanted the mixture to be moist.

Rolled into a piece of cheesecloth. Kitchen towels are used but I tried it with cheesecloth instead.

then I let it simmer in salted water until firm...

sliced and served.  I also tried some sliced and fried in butter, they were tasty too!

While making this, I had a pot of venison buck and bourbon simmering on the drum smoker.
Heated a bit of bear lard..

seasoned some venison with salt and pepper then dredged in flour and browned in the lard...

added onions and garlic...

a bit of bourbon...

beef stock, margoram, thyme, coarse salt, pepper, oregano... about two pinches of each.
Then into the drum to catch a bit of smoke.

The venison simmered until tender, about 5 hours.

The venison buck-n-bourbon with "napkin" dumplins..

It was pretty tasty. I can see adding all sorts of spices and herbs to these dumplins to change up the flavor. Will be making these again for sure. :)

Hope everyone has a great V Day!


Unknown said...

Can I hire you as a consultant to teach me how to raise fresh water shrimp?


Mrs. JP said...

Wow, I've never heard of these dumplings. It looks really interesting and wow,,,I bet one could make a batch and have them in the freezer rolled up to throw into some stock for comfort food just any old time. you've got me thinking. thanks cowgirl,,,have a great day.
blessings from the holler..

cowgirl said...

Shoot Scott, no need to hire me. I'd be happy to answer any questions I am able to.
The MSU ( Mississippi State U) site listed on the right side of my blog page has some great info. Might get you started.
Good luck with it and let me know if you have any questions.
Happy V Day to ya! :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Mrs JP! Great idea on the freezer. Might be able to make some in foil and keep them frozen for a quick side dish.
I want to try different spices and ingredients in them too. Kind of a good way to use day old bread.
Hope you are having a nice V-Day! :)

Bushman said...

Bear Lard huh? Never had that. I like the Dumplin idea. You could definatley ad lib some crazy ingredients into that for a side dish for just about anything.

cowgirl said...

Hi Bushman! :)
The bear lard is pretty tasty. A friend sent it to me... it's great in biscuits too.
I was thinking the same on those dumplins. Would be easy to add to them to change the flavor. I'm thinking minced jalapenos would be good.
Hope all is well with you. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

LindaG said...

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. ♥

Chris said...

Today I learned about bear lard. The napkin dumplins, do they have a texture kind of like tamales when done?

Three Dogs BBQ said...

Those dumplings look good Jeanie. Do you happen to have a leberknodel recipe as well? I love those...

cowgirl said...

Thank you Linda! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day and weekend. :)

cowgirl said...

Chris you need to try bear lard sometime... it's better than it sounds. lol
The dumplins had a noodle texture. They were fairly smooth.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

cowgirl said...

Thanks Bill! No recipe but those sound tasty too. I'll have to give them a try. :)

David said...

Interesting dumpling and infinately variable. Hope you had a good Valentines day!

cowgirl said...

Thanks David! They were pretty tasty. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day too. :)