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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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Ingredients
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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 Pa. Dutch Meatloaf

In keeping with sharing our Pennsylvania Dutch  diversity in the Coal Region, today’s recipe is Pa. Dutch  Meatloaf.

This meatloaf is sweet from the addition of brown sugar and has a ketchup/brown sugar glaze.  I just love the leftovers in sandwiches after it has been chilled. And of course, it is also topped with strips of bacon…

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Pa Dutch Meatloaf
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, crushed crackers, onion, eggs, 3/4 cup ketchup, and 1/4 cup brown sugar until well blended. Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Lay the two slices of bacon over the top.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until cooked through. While the loaf bakes, mix together the remaining 1 cup ketchup, vinegar, mustard and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Spread over the top of the meat loaf for the last 15 minutes of baking.
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postheadericon Pierogie Casserole

Pierogies made the traditional way are labor intensive, but oh-so-good.  Try this “lazy pierogy” casserole and get the taste of tradition without all the work.  Great for potlucks.

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Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
pierogie-lasagna
Pierogie Casserole
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Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add salt to onions and saute 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned; reserve 1/2 cup sauteed onions for topping. Add remaining onions, pepper, and cheese to mashed potatoes; mix well.
  4. Place 3 noodles on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spread 1/3 of potato mixture over noodles. Repeat layers until a total of 4 layers of noodles and 3 layers of potato mixture have been placed (end with a layer of noodles on top). Top with remaining sauteed onions.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Freezer-friendly version: Follow recipe above except for baking. Cover with a few layers of foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze. When ready to eat, place frozen entree in refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours in advance. Once thawed, cook at regular time and temperature

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postheadericon Halushki

Inexpensive and hearty! Great warmed up the next day.

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  1. Cook noodles as directed on package in salted, boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onions until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Cut cored cabbage into 1 inch pieces. Add remaining butter and cabbage to onions, cook stirring occasionally until cabbage is softened.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper. Place cooked noodles and cabbage and stir gently to combine.
Recipe Notes

Instead of noodles, you can use 2 packages (1 lb) commercial prepared gnocchi.  (or go all "old-country" and make your own dough balls!)

If you like your cabbage softer, cook it to your desired consistence before mixing it with the noodles or gnocchi.

You can also fry three pieces of bacon cut into small strips, add the reserved bacon grease to your butter for frying the onions and the cabbage and return the reserved, browned bacon to the pot with all the ingredients 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
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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