Irish Egg Rolls (Reuben Egg Rolls)

    Made with leftover Corned Beef, you won’t believe how delicious and simple these are to make.  I air fried mine on 350 ° F, brushed with Olive Oil, but you can certainly deep fry them if you’d rather.  Serve at parties, game day, appetizer, or even a main meal with a salad on the side.  They’re like a Reuben to go! A Westover Leftover!

INGREDIENTS:  Yields 10 Egg Rolls

2 cups Bok Choy Cabbage, cooked and drained well

2 cups Corned Beef, fully cooked (about 10 ounces)

¼ cup Onion, chopped

4 slices Swiss Cheese, cut in long skinny strips

Olive Oil for brushing

OPTIONAL:  Cooked carrots, chopped

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder

PREPARATION:

     In a food processor or electric chopper, add Cooked Cabbage, Corned Beef, and Onion.  Add Cooked Carrots and Seasonings if you’re using them.  Rough chop until you end up with small pieces.  Don’t make it too fine. 

     Place wrapper down with corner facing you and place approximately 1/3 cup of the filling on the wrapper.  Lay 3 thin strips of Swiss Cheese on top.  Roll wrapper away from you.  When you get to the corners, wet them with your fingers and press down.  Continue to roll until you reach the last corner.  Wet and seal.  Repeat until filling is gone.

     Brush top, bottom and sides of each Egg Roll and place in a 350°  F air fryer.  Cook for 3-5 minutes until they are browned and crisp.  Turn over with tongs and repeat.

DIPPING SAUCES: Best to make these early, and refrigerate to help the flavors meld.

Mustard Sauce: 4 TBSP Honey Dijon Mustard, 2 TBSP Yellow Mustard, 1 TBSP Rice Vinegar, 2 tsp Mustard Powder, ¼ + Cayenne Pepper (or Chipotle Powder). 

Thousand Island Dressing, Use your favorite bottled dressing or make Homemade by combining ¼ + cup Ketchup, ¾ cup Mayo, 2 tsp Sweet Relish, 1 TBSP minced Onion, ½ tsp Garlic Powder, Pepper. (Optional half a Hard Cooked Egg, finely chopped).

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce: ¼ cup Mayo, 1 TBSP Prepared Mustard, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Lemon Juice.  Spice it up by adding a dab of Horseradish or ½ tsp Sriracha Sauce.

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Halupki Shepherd’s Pie

     I’m sure you’ve never heard of this recipe.  If you’ve been following Chew Wanna Eat? for any length of time you know that sometimes a dish I’ve never heard of nor eaten will just pop into my head.  Halupki Shepherd’s Pie was today’s exceptional idea.  Everyone loves Mashed Potatoes with Halupki, right? I know we do.  I don’t believe there are any other recipes out there for this, so you’d better save it.  If you have a few cups of leftover mashed potatoes, all the better! 

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS ONE LARGE CASSEROLE

1 egg

½ cup milk

¼ cup chopped onion

1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp salt

Dash pepper

1/2 tsp poultry seasoning  

1 lb ground meat (I like to mix beef and pork)

1 cup rice, cooked and cooled

1 head cabbage

1 can tomato soup

12 oz tomato sauce

1 TBSP brown sugar (level.  Don’t overdo)

1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

Approximately 2+ cups of Mashed Potatoes

Optional:  Frozen Corn, thawed and drained -OR- Green Beans

PREPARATION:

     Rinse the cabbage and cut the cabbage leaves off the head.  Cut the large center vein out, and then cut the cabbage in large hunks.  Add the leaves to a large pot of boiling water and let them cook for about 3 -4 minutes.  It will make your oven time a lot shorter.  Drain, cool.

     In the same pan (which is now empty), mix the sauce.  Mix soup, tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice.  Mix well and set aside. No need to cook it.

     In large bowl, mix egg, milk, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.  Add rice, and uncooked meat.  Mix well.

     In a beautiful casserole dish, spray lightly and put a bit of the sauce in the bottom.  Begin layering – cabbage, meat, sauce, repeat.  (Make sure you leave room for the Vegetable and Mashed Potato Layer).  Cover with foil and bake at 350° F for 60 minutes.  Poke the cabbage to make sure it’s pretty tender.  Sprinkle the Corn or Green Beans across the top of the casserole, add Mashed Potatoes on top and return to oven, sprinkle with a little Parsley.  Bake another 20 minutes uncovered.

(It’s a very good idea to put a cookie sheet underneath when baking this).

     When serving, spoon some of the sauce over the Mashed Potatoes.

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon and Noodles

     We love Fried Cabbage, and it’s one of the most economical foods out there!  Since you use such a small amount of grease, it’s a very healthy meal.  Eat it as a main dish with a side salad and homemade bread, or as a side dish.  Cabbage is very high in fiber and nutrients, and contains zero fat.  I know!  It’s sounding better and better all the time, isn’t it?  Wait until you try this quick dish!  It’s SO good!

INGREDIENTS:  Yields 2-3 main servings, or 6 side dish servings

3 slices Bacon, cut in half, fried until crisp

6+ cups Cabbage, cut into bite sized pieces

½ cup Onion, chopped

2 large handfuls Egg Noodles (about 2 cups)

1-2 cloves Garlic, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 TBSP butter (Optional)

PREPARATION:

     Cook bacon until crisp.  Set aside.  You will crumble it later.

     Drain most of the grease from the pan, leave a few tsp.  Add Cabbage and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.  Add Onion and Garlic. Continue cooking until Cabbage is browned and tender.  I use Tongs to flip it over.

     Meanwhile, cook Egg Noodles for 5 minutes, drain.  Add to Cabbage mixture.  Add Butter.  Add Salt and pepper.  Add crumbled Bacon.

     Serve.

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Homemade Sauerkraut

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     If you’re like us and demand the best ingredients when preparing your food, don’t skip the homemade Sauerkraut.  Whether you’re eating Reubens, Pork and Kraut, or even Hot Dogs, you can’t beat homemade!  Cabbage is in season right now, so make enough to last you until next year.  You need just 2 ingredients – Salt and Grated Cabbage.  Couldn’t be simpler, and so well worth it.

 

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 5 QUARTS

3 Medium heads of cabbage

5 TBSP Course Sea Salt or Kosher Salt (NOT IODIZED)

 

PREPARATION:

Sterilize your jars and lids.

Thinly slice the cabbage and place in a large bowl.  Don’t over fill because you need room to stir the cabbage.  You may need to do this in a few batches.  Remember not to add all the salt if you do it in batches.  You’ll need 1 TBSP Salt per quart jar.

Add 5 TBSP Salt and mix well with your hands, squeezing as you mix.  This pulls the liquid out of the cabbage and creates the brine.  We usually mix and squeeze for about five minutes.  You will see water appearing, but that’s a good thing.

If you want to add a little Caraway, you can add it now.

Pack the cabbage in sterilized jars, pushing down to make a tight fit.  Stop when you have approximately 2” at the top of the jar. (You need this space to allow for expansion during the fermentation process.  Divide the leftover brine from the bottom of the bowl evenly between the jars.  The brine must cover the cabbage, you don’t want any sticking up that isn’t under brine.  If you need to, add a little bit of water.   Bob usually uses the leftover outer leaves to lay on top of the mixture to help hold the cabbage down.  (see photo).

Close jars tightly and let sit at 64° – 72° F for five days.  Then slowly open the lid to release built-up pressure.  You must open the jars every five days for approximately three weeks.  You can taste it every time you open the lid to see if it’s to your satisfaction.  You will notice that the flavor improves every time you open the lids.

Once it is sour enough and has fermented long enough to suit your taste, place a jar in the refrigerator, keeping it tightly closed.  Store the remaining jars in a cool dark place.

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Kalpudding (Swedish Meatloaf With Caramelized Cabbage)

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     I spotted this recipe in the NY Times and just had to make it.  It was simple, and delicious! I didn’t have any Lingonberry Preserves, so I substituted Raspberry.  It wasn’t overly sweet, no worries.  I followed the recipe exactly, but needed to bake it about 8 minutes longer than they suggested.  In a comment, someone posted that they warmed up a leftover piece of Kalpudding and served a Fried Egg on top.  I made that for Bob and he loved it.   Please note that the all the photos are Chew Wanna Eat prep and finished product photos.

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This is a Swedish version of a dish with roots in the Ottoman Empire, an infidel’s version of Turkish dolmas, made not with lamb and grape leaves but with ground pork and beef cloaked with deeply caramelized cabbage. It is served here with lingonberry preserves cut with vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, and made velvet with butter. The dish goes beautifully with boiled potatoes. In Sweden, you’d use golden syrup to caramelize the cabbage, but molasses works just as well. The Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson told me the result is no less Nordic for the substitution. “Cabbage smells in a very special way when it almost burns,” he said. “It gets savory, almost like a beef stock. It tastes almost brown and umami yummy.” You’ll want to eat it right away, but the leftovers make for a fine sandwich in coming days.

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INGREDIENTS

FOR THE MEATLOAF:

  • 2tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1head green cabbage, approximately 3 pounds, cored and shredded
  • 3tablespoons molasses
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¾pound ground beef
  • ¾pound ground pork
  • 1small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1cup heavy cream
  • 4tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • cup chicken, beef or vegetable stock, ideally homemade or low-sodium store-bought (or water)

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • cup lingonberry preserves (I used raspberry)
  • 1tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 350. Put a large pan over medium-high heat and add the butter. When it starts to foam, add the cabbage and molasses, lower the heat to medium and sprinkle with salt. Cook slowly, stirring often, until all the liquid has evaporated and the cabbage is caramelized, approximately 20-25 minutes.
  2. While the cabbage is cooking, lightly mix the meats in a large bowl, then add the onion, cream and breadcrumbs, and mix again to combine.
  3. When the cabbage is done, add about a third of it to the meat mixture, and mix to combine. Use the remaining butter to grease an 8-inch-square baking pan, and transfer the meat mixture to it, spreading it out to cover the whole surface evenly. Spread remaining cabbage over the meat, pour the stock or water over the top and place in the oven, on a sheet tray, to cook for approximately 40 to 45 minutes, (I had to cook it almost 10 minutes longer because meat wasn’t done). or until the cabbage is very, very caramelized, almost dry and crunchy at the edges. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes or so before serving.
  4. While the meat and cabbage cooks, make the sauce. Heat lingonberry preserves, vinegar and butter in a small pot set over medium heat, then add Worcestershire sauce to taste. Serve alongside the kalpudding.

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HALUSKI

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     If you are of Eastern Europe heritage, I’m sure you know and love Haluski. This dish is a popular, inexpensive favorite in Polish, Slovakian, Ukranian, Russian, and Czechoslovakian homes.   If you live near a Polish or Ukranian church, you may have been lucky enough to have tasted this dish at one of their neighborhood fund-raisers.  It is so flavorful, as well as being simple.  We went to a Polish festival a few weeks ago and tried Haluski for the first time.   I was determined to find a great recipe so I could make it at home.  Yes, of course I modified everything, but the basics and technique are unchanged. 

 

     First of all, I have fried cabbage in a little grease and love the added flavor.  I cut down on the butter and added a scant two tablespoons bacon grease to the cabbage, onions, and garlic while sautéing them.  I did see a few recipes that included crumbled bacon, so naturally I added some.  I didn’t see any recipes that called for garlic, and what we tasted recently had the distinct flavor of garlic, so my recipe will include it.  Here’s how I made it:

INGREDIENTS:

One 12 oz bag medium egg noodles

1 ¾ stick butter

1 large onion, halved and sliced

1 medium head cabbage, rough chopped

4 large cloves garlic minced

Salt

Pepper

4 strips bacon, cut into thin strips and fried crisp

PREPARATION:

Cook egg noodles in boiling water for 5 min, drain well and set aside.  While noodles are cooking, get out your largest skilled and melt butter.  Add onions and garlic, and cook over medium heat until limp and translucent.  Add cabbage and cook another 10 minutes.  Salt and Pepper to taste.

In a small skillet, cook bacon pieces until crisp.  Drain, adding 2 TBSP of grease to cabbage/onion mixture.

Get out your most beautiful baking dish and add cabbage/onion mixture, drained noodles, and cooked bacon.  Mix to incorporate.  Bake at 300° F for 30- 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

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CREAMY COLE SLAW

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CREAMY COLE SLAW – This is our family’s favorite.

Creamy Cole Slaw (2)

INGREDIENTS:

One 16 oz bag grated cabbage with carrots

¾ cup Mayo

¼ cup Sour Cream

2 1/2 TBSP Sugar

½ tsp each, Salt and Pepper

2 TBSP Tarragon Vinegar

1 1/2 tsp Sriracha Sauce

PREPARATION:

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for about four hours.

NOTE:  Feel free to add a couple TBSP of finely chopped onion.

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