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TRANNSYLVANIAN PASTA — CSIPETKE ( HUNGARIAN PINCHED PASTA )

30 Oct

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN

HERE IS A  DISH THAT YOU CAN REALLY SINK YOUR TEETH INTO…….YES I DID HAVE TO SAY THAT.

 

THERE  IS NO PICTURE SO YOU WILL HAVE TO USE THE THEATER OF YOUR MIND ……………..

3  CUPS FLOUR

1/2  TSP. SALT

1 TSP BAKING POWDER

2 EGGS

3 TBSP  ICE  WATER

 

for COOKING:

4  qt water

2  tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. olive oil

3 strips bacon – finely chopped

 

FOR TOPPING :

4 oz feta cheese – crumbled

4 oz goat cheese – crumbled

1/2 cup sour cream

Combine cheeses and sour cream and set aside

Sift together twice the flour salt and baking powder into a large metal bowl.

In a small bowl beat eggs with ice water until light and runny.

Pour  into flour mixture and work together with your hands. It won’t be easy. when done you will have a firm dough. if need be add 1 more tbsp. ice water .. but no more !

Knead for 5 min

Dust rolling pin and large flat surface with alittle flour

Roll out dough into a circle

Cut circle in half and roll out each half to the thickness of a wooden matchstick

dust with FLOUR   and transfer to a cloth. (  I use a clean towel on the kitchen table )

Let rest 1 1/2 hour ……………

 

IN a large pot, bring the water to a boil with salt and oil.

Dust dough again with just enough flour to make a textured  ” floury  ” surface

With your thumb and  index finger pinch off pieces of dough the size of a postage stamp ( or a nickel  ) or just a little bigger.

When all dough has been  PINCHED, scoop up with both hands and slide into boiling water.

When all pasta is ADDED  make sure water covers completely ( add a little if need be ) and bring to a boil over high heat,

Stir ,let foam subside, adjust heat to med and cook until   AL DENTE

Drain in a colander and shake well

While pasta cooks ,  cook bacon in a large skillet.

Add cooked pasta to skillet with bacon and the drippings and toss on high heat until pasta is coated

Reduce heat to low and cook until pasta is golden on both sides.

Quickly fold cheese mixture  into  hot pasta.

Serve with a salad made of radicchio   

(  Radicchio   is an Italian salad plant related to chicory. The distinctive plant grows in a rich maroon color with white veins and has a peppery flavor that adds a textural bite to salads )

 

with a hot bacon dressing or a vinaigrette

Pour 2 glasses of Egri Bikaver     BULLS BLOOD ( HUNGARIAN WINE)   bb

You gotta have this to make this meal hypnotically good !!

 

Eat and Enjoy  !!

 

 

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