Monday, June 24, 2013

Ten Minute Cheese Dumplings

This is a nourishing tasty meal especially handy when you have a houseful of guests, or the kids bring their buddies home, or you are just tired and in a hurry.  They only take a few minutes to prepare and everybody will be well fed and happy.  Note:  The recipe calls for Farmers cheese, but if that’s not available, you can substitute Ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese that has been drained very well and pressed thru a sieve to remove as much of the liquid as possible.  Serve with a green salad.

Serves 6

2 pounds farmers cheese
4 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cream of wheat
1½ cups flour
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs

Crumble the cheese well and mix in the eggs and salt. Add the cream of wheat and flour. Mix with a spoon or mixer on low for 2 or three minutes.
Using a teaspoon, drop small pieces of the dough (try to make the size consistent) into a pot of salted, boiling water.  Bring to a hard boil and cook on high heat for 3 minutes.  Note:  Larger dumplings will obviously take longer to cook so take one of the larger ones out (with a slotted spoon) and cut in half to make sure they are cooked through. 

Drain well and transfer to a warmed serving dish.  Slowly melt the butter over low heat or in the microwave. Add the breadcrumbs and saute for a few minutes, continuously stirring, until golden brown.  Pour the mixture over the dumplings and serve. 

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