Potatoes are a (not only) Polish staple food. High in vitamin B6, potassium, copper and vitamin C, they are a brain and heart nourishing food. One of my favorite ways to take in this delicious nightshade (which also grows quite easily in the ground or in a container) is to make Slaskie kluski, also known as kluski nylonowe, or nylon noodles. This is because their texture is unlike any other dumpling – they’re chewy and gummy. They are great served with a sweet side (like plum jam) or savory ( meat or mushroom). The recipe is quite simple, and can be brought up a notch for festive occassion like Easter – which I did by adding freshly chopped dill and chives for a great color effect. Served with a mushroom onion garlic sauce, they were a favorite at the Easter dinner.
2 pounds (or about a kilo) of freshly bolied potates
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cup potato flour or starch ( give or take)
2 tablespoons cream
1/2 cup chopped chives and/or dill
Peel the boiled potatoes once they cool off a bit. Mash with cream in a very large bowl or on a pastry board. Add in the eggs and salt and mix. Keep mixing the mashed potates and flour until the mixture is a rubbery consistency. If you want the green effect, add the chives and/or dill at the end.
Boil a pot of water with a little bit of oil or butter (so the dumplings don’t stick). Pull 1.5- 2 inch (golfball sized pieces) of dough, roll and thumbprint the middle of each dumpling. After making 10-12 noodles, put them in the pot of water. After these rise put in the next batch. Each set of dumplings should boil for about 5 minutes after rising to the top. They can be served with bacon bits, with sweet jams (if made plain), or with our house favorite sos pieczarkowo-cebulowy (mushroom onion sauce).
Mushroom onion sauce:
1 pound mushrooms
3 medium yellow onions
2 cloves or garlic
1/2 teaspoon majoram
1/4 teaspoon oregano
pinch of rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
1 teaspoon potato or buckwheat flour
Chop mushrooms, saute on a skillet until slightly browned, add finely chopped onions and garlic. Add spices, pour water over well sauted veggies, then add flour to thicken, add salt to adjust. Top the kluski while hot. Smacznego!