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postheadericon Colcannon

In ode to the Irish roots that run deep in the Coal Region, here is a very simple yet very tasty dish great for family suppers or a warm and filling meal on a cool day. Each family has a version they like best, here is a very quick and easy one – enjoy!

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Instructions
  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until fork tender.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.
  3. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with cream or milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Some people like to add garlic, sliced scallions...the choice is yours, this dish is very each to customize to your taste.

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postheadericon Amish Macaroni Salad

The Pa. Coal Region shares it’s love of eastern european foods with Pennsylvania Dutch delights.  Here is a versatile macaroni salad recipe for your next picnic or potluck.

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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, onion, celery, red pepper, and relish.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the salad dressing, mustard, white sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed. Pour over the vegetables, and stir in macaroni until well blended.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
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postheadericon Bleenies

These are a staple at church picnics and block parties in the Coal Region. Like potato salad recipes, every body’s is a little different than every body else’s.

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aka Potato Pancakes
bleenies
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aka Potato Pancakes
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  1. Peel and grate potatoes. Squeeze dry.
  2. Mix potatoes (except salt) and all other ingredients together.
  3. Add oil to large frying pan, about 1/2 inch deep in pan. On medium high heat, scoop a couple tablespoons of the pancake mixture into pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. (Amount depends on the size of the pancakes you want) Fry until brown on one side, flip, brown on the other. Make sure potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Salt now to taste. Hold warm in 200F oven if desired.
  5. Some people put vinegar on before eating, others smear on some grape or strawberry jelly, some eat with sour cream and/or apple sauce.
Recipe Notes

 

Feel free to adjust the seasoning or additions to your own taste. I grate a rib of celery into my potato mix, and I squeeze the excess liquid from the shredded potatoes before mixing. Salting after they are removed from the oil rather than adding salt to the batter results in less unwanted liquid forming in the mix as it sits awaiting frying.

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postheadericon Barbecue (aka Sloppy Joes)

Known to many as “Sloppy Joes”, this simple, quick, any night sandwich is a winner. Can be made ahead and frozen, too. Add diced green peppers if you like, but this traditional coal region version does not use them.

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Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Barbecue (aka Sloppy Joes)
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Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 sandwiches 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Brown burger and onions in medium sized frying pan.
  2. Drain excess grease if desired.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Serve on burger buns.
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