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Winter Holidays Snowman Recipe – Hungarian Potatodumplings stuffed with Fruits

2018/12/28 by Varga László

  

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg potatoes
  • 1-2 oranges
  • a cup of preserved sour cherries
  • about 15-20 g flour depending on the type of the potatoes
  • 100 g coconut flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 handful of cloves
  • 1 persimmon
  • dried herb sprigs for the brooms
  • wooden skewers


Preparation method:

  1. Cook the potatoes with their skins on until cooked and soft.
  2. Skin the potatoes and mash them using either a press, a masher or other device to your liking.
  3. In a large bowl add the mashed potatoes, the egg, the flour and salt.
  4. Mix together thoroughly until there are no more lumps and forms a dough.
  5. Clean the oranges of their rind and cut the slices in two.
  6. Remove the preserved sour cherries from the jar to drain their excess liquid.
  7. With floury hands take a piece of the potato dough and form a round shape. For the orange slices, these rounds will be a bit larger than for the cherries.
  8. Place one fruit piece in the centre of these rounds and carefully shape a ball of dough around the orange/sour cherry middle, covering them completely.
  9. Bring salty water to boil and carefully place the dumplings in this pot.
  10. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes until the dumplings are cooked and are floating on the surface. Turn off the heat and cover them with coconut:
  11. Lay the coconut flakes in a larger saucer. A few dumplings at a time place them in this coconut flakes saucer and shaking gently try to move the balls around the plate to be covered completely by coconut.
  12. Let them cool down for an hour or so.
  13. When cooled assemble the snowmen: place two bigger balls with oranges for the bottom ones and a smaller – sour cherry one for the top.
  14. Ornate with cloves for the eyes and buttons.
  15. Cut some small pieces of the persimmon for the noses and attach them using toothpicks.
  16. Add the herb sprigs as their brooms.
  17. For their hats, I used some red caps of small rum essence bottles.
  18. Make sure you stick the end of the skewers into something that can hold the snowmen in balance / upwards. I used a cardboard box.


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