Friday, June 26, 2009

Use it Or Lose It Challenge: Sweet Potato and Herb Dumplings

Alien tentacles greeting me as I reached past the bag of sweet potatoes hanging in my pantry:

The plan switched to reaching into the bag to make a quick rescue.  But, broken off, the shoots are very pretty:

This recipe uses sweets from the nice folks at Dodson Farms and Van Cheeseman's hen and duck eggs.  Check it out:

Bet you can't guess which one came from a duck.

Sweet Potato and Herb Dumplings
Adapted from Local Flavors by Deborah Madison

About 1/2 lb (two large?) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
sea salt and ground pepper
2 medium or large eggs, beaten
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped parsley (use half this amount if using dried)
1/4 cup chopped tarragon, marjoram, or rosemary (ditto)
1 cup AP flour, plus more as needed

Cover the potato with cold water, add 1 tsp salt, and bring to a boil.  Cook until tender, then drain.  This took me about 20 minutes.  Gently mash or pass through a potato ricer.

Stir in the eggs, then add the herbs, 1 tsp salt, and a few grinds of pepper.

Gently stir in the flour, taking care not to overwork the dough, which should end up fairly stiff but still somewhat tacky.  (Once it becomes too still to work, you can turn it out on a counter and gently knead in the rest.)  Dust with flour, cover loosely in plastic wrap, and let it rest for 20 minutes.

Dust a counter lightly with flour and gently roll or pat the dough into a rectangle, approx. 10 x 4 inches.  Cut the rectangle lengthwise into thirds, and then cut each third into 10 to 12 pieces.  Gently roll them between your palms or leave them in little squares.

I froze mine at this point, but you could go ahead and cook them in water that's been brought to a boil, and lowered to a simmer.  Cook til they float to the top (7 or 8 minutes).  These would be a good, starchy addition to a soup, ragout, or even as an accompaniment to other lightly cooked green veggies (I'm thinking green beans or broccoli).

Still insanely hot here.  Moving soon!  (Cannot think in full sentences)

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