‘Little hooves’ with crispy onion and bacon bits

‘Little hooves’ with crispy onion and bacon bits

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From
Polska
Serves
4
Prep
35 mins
Photographer
Laura Edwards

‘Little hooves’ and ‘lazy dumplings’ look very similar, yet as soon as you taste them their difference becomes obvious. ‘Little hooves’ are savoury and similar in texture to Italian gnocchi. I have vivid memories of making these in my grandma Ziuta’s kitchen, which didn’t have any windows, it was dark and small and we would sit there, as if in a bird’s nest and make these ‘little hooves’. It was our own little world, one with just me and my grandma in it.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 large potatoes, peeled
3-4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
3-4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
4 rashers bacon, finely chopped
1 egg
200g plain flour
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water until they fall apart when you poke them. Drain and mash with a bit of salt until they are perfectly smooth. Tip the mixture onto a flour-dusted work surface to cool down.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the shallots and bacon bits over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until crispy. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make a dent in the middle of your potato mixture and break the egg into it. Add the flour and quickly knead it all together before the egg has a chance to leak and get messy. Roll the mixture into three snake-like cylinders.
  4. Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Cut the dough diagonally into ‘little hooves’ then throw (not too violently as you might burn yourself) into the pan. Cook them in batches as you don’t want to overcrowd the pan and end up with a sticky mess. Once they float to the top, give them about 3–4 minutes more, then remove them with a slotted spoon and drain. Repeat until all of them have been cooked.
  5. Add the cooked hooves to the pan of crispy shallots and bacon and fry for a minute or two before serving.
Tags:
polish
eastern european
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