Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Halushka Recipe ~ Braised Cabbage and Dumplings
This recipe is very popular in Pennsylvania where my family is from. There are slightly different names and slightly different recipes but basically halushka or haluski is a braised cabbage dish with either noodles, pasta or dumplings and sometimes bacon, ham or smoked sausage added. It is sometimes a side dish but most often it's a main dish. It is a common potluck dish.
In my version I use bacon and drippings and homemade dumplings. Most recipes will call for cooked wide egg noodles, kluski noodles or bite size pasta like farfalle (bowties). Instead, I like to make dumplings because they are delicious and because its more likely that I'll have a cup of flour and an egg on hand than a bag of noodles. Either way it is a quick, easy, inexpensive and delicious dinner.
If you want to omit the bacon you can substitute butter for a vegetarian version or use olive oil and an egg-free pasta for a vegan friendly version.
I hope you give this recipe and try and I hope that you love it as much as my family does.
1 medium cabbage, quartered, cored and sliced into 1/4" ribbons (about 10 cups)
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup matchstick carrots (or 3/4 cup grated carrot)
1/2 pound bacon sliced across in 1/2 inch slices
salt and pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking POWDER
2-3 TBSP cool water