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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Nut Dumplings

Seasonal Recipe of the Week
Here is a great side dish that you can add to a nice, home-cooked stew or a bowl of homemade soup. And you can use up old stale bread, really any kind, but not too heavy, man!

7 cups stale bread cubed
1 3/4 cup boiling milk
3/4 cup diced bacon (about 6 slices)
1 1/2 cup finely dice onions
1/2 cup finely ground pecans
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
4 eggs
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Place bread cubes in a large bowl, pour the hot milk over bread and let soak 30 minutes. In a small skillet, sauté the bacon until crisp then add the onions and sauté 5 minutes more. Pour this mixture over the bread. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley and — using your hands — mix thoroughly. Fill a large skillet 2/3 full of water and bring to a boil. Divide the mixture into 24 portions and roll into balls. Drop the balls into simmering water and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the dumplings and set onto a platter lined with a cloth napkin to absorb excess water and sprinkle parsley on top. Serve hot.