Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Detroit: Making Potato Noodles

It isn't necessary to go to Poland to learn about Polish food. The Hamtramak area of Detroit is the perfect place to learn about Polish heritage. There are Polish bakeries, supermarkets, churches and restaurants. The Polonia Restaurant gives classes in Polish cooking.

Polonia’s Potato Noodles
2.5 lbs cold cooked potatoes, boiled the day before
12 oz flour (30% weight of potatoes)
one whole egg
large pot of boiling salted water

Finely grate potatoes or just mash them until there are no lumps. By hand, lightly mix all ingredients in large bowl. Flour a flat working surface and transfer the dough to it, knead the dough into a large 10-inch roll. Cut the roll into five parts. Hand roll one part into a snake about one inch thick by 12 inches long. Flatten the roll lightly using a knife. Cut the flattened roll diagonally into 3/ 4 inch noodles strips (about 15 pieces). Repeat with the remaining dough. Drop noodles into boiling water. Allow the noodles to float to the surface and boil about three minutes. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the noodles out of the boiling water and drain, rinse in cold water and drain again.

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