Meat-stuffed Potato Dumplings (Bramborové knedlíky plněné uzeným masem)
One thing to be said about Czech food is that it is very filling. Filling and delicious. The smoked meat used inside this dish is not very easily found in the UK but we used smoked ham. In hindsight it may have been better to use some mince fried in a smoky sauce but smoked sausages or similar would also work well. This dish uses cooled mashed potatoes and so is the perfect way to use up any leftover mash from a meal the night before.
- 400g smoked meat
- 800g potatoes
- 400g flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
Peel and boil the potatoes and leave to cool. This is traditionally done the evening before but can be done prior. Mash the potatoes and add the salt, egg and flour. Combine well with your hands.
Roll out the mixture on a floured surface until around 1cm thick. Cut it into squares depending on how big you want your dumplings to be. Fill each dumpling with some of the meat and then fold up to cover. This is a lot easier with floured hands.
Boil the dumplings for 8 minutes and then drain. While doing this, heat some fat in a pan and fry off the onions on a low heat until caramelised. Pour over the dumplings to prevent them drying out and serve with the caramelised onion and pickled red cabbage