Maple Bacon BBQ Baked beans in the crock pot

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Maple Bacon BBQ Baked beans in the crock pot

We all know how Himself loves maple syrup, and bacon. I made this for a Scouts Canada potluck we are having tomorrow. (note Scouts Canada is not like BSA. They do not exclude due to sexuality, or gender (Not even Transkids/folks get excluded, and we have the first Mantracker as our Head Scout..so umm yeah we rock)

Anyway in celebration of Lord Baden Powell week, our Scout unit has a potluck dinner, with all the awards and ceremonies that go with it. We are kind of tight in the grocery budget so I needed to do something that could feed many people for as little cash as possible.

This is what I made (or am making since I have yet to turn the crock pot on)

Maple Bacon baked beans done up in the crock pot.

Ingredients:

1lb or so of yellow eyed beans.

about 6 cups of home made chicken stock (because better) I added a bit of water to thin it out.

1 cup of Maple Bacon flavored BBQ sauce, maybe more, I eyeball it.

(I used storebought because lazy, but here’s a recipe for one:

1/4cup REAL maple syrup, not table syrup, MAPLE syrup. trust me
1 can tomato paste
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
bacon cooked and crumbled
a few tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
Dash of liquid smoke
Mix it together, done)

dash Salt,
1tbsp yellow mustard,
2 tsps summer savory,
2tsps thyme

Salt pork (those white things you see floating around)

Soak beans for about 24hrs or so, with 2tbsp baking soda Drain/Rinse

Dump them into the crock pot with the stock, BBQ sauce and seasonings. Give it a stir.

Cook on low for around 12-16hrs give or take. Because crockpot is good.

Because of the long soaking time with the baking soda, you don’t need to pre-boil the beans. If 12-16hrs isn’t long enough just cook until the beans are tender, adding water/stock as needed.

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Rouladen with potato dumplings

NOTE, I know that there are regional variations of this dish.  This is my dish.  I’m Canadian.  This is what I found through a google search..and I tweaked it to my tastes.

 

This one might be a little complicated so I’ll just do each part step by step, like I’ll start off with the potato dumplings:

Potato Dumplings:

3 whole potatoes, washed, and skin on
a loaf of sourdough bread
butter.
flour
corn starch
I don’t have any measurements for the flour and corn starch because it’s subjective,  you’ll see why later
1 egg.
1tsp of nutmeg
1tsp of salt

Ok,  now, wash/scrub the potatoes, and then boil them whole until they’re done, about an hour.
Cool em off in the fridge and peel.  The peel will come right off. 
cut them into cubes and put them in the fridge until they are cold. 
While you do this you can cook the rouladen which I’ll post later in the post.
Cut the sour dough into cubes the size of regular croutons.  Fry them in butter until they are golden brown.  (Or use garlic butter for extra flavor)  put them in a container to cool.
once the potatoes are cold, mash them up with a potato masher.  Then, mix in:  Egg, Flour, corn starch and do this until they aren’t sticking to your hands.  grab a bit, then put a crouton in the middle and make a ball out of it.  Do this until no potato mixture is left.
Boil in salted boiling water in small batches until they float to the top. keep the cooked ones on a plate under a damp towel so they don’t dry out.

Rouladen:

Inside Round cut for rouladen
bacon
thinly sliced onion
dill pickles
mustard
toothpicks
beer
beef stock
thyme
veggie oil

Step 1: go to your butcher and ask for Inside Round cut for Rouladen.  It’s supposed to be pretty thin.
Step 2:  Place rouladen on a cutting board or something.  It’s easier to do one piece at a time anyway.  so unfold it if it’s folded…sprinkle some steak spice on it, spread some mustard on it, lay a piece of bacon on it, lay some onion slices on it, then lay some sliced dill pickles on it.  Then roll it up.  You start from the wide end, folding in the sides as you go.  Secure with a toothpick.  Repeat with the rest of em.

Step 3:  sear the rouladen in a hot pan on all sides.  Put in a roasting pan (of course if you have a metal roasting pan you can do this in one step)  put seared rouladen on a plate (or in a roasting pan if you are using a glass one) while you make the sauce

Step 4: The sauce:  dump half a bottle of beer, about 1 cup of beef stock, a tsp of thyme and a tbsp of steak spice in the pan where you seared the beef.  (If it’s the roasting pan it’s all good trust me)  scraping up the bits that stuck to the pan.  Now,  either put the sauce in the roaster with the rouladen, or the rouladen in the sauce if you’re using a metal one.  Cover well and put in the oven at 300deg farenheight for about …3 hours.

Once everything is done, take the rouladen out of the roaster,  (If you’re using a glass pan put the sauce in a pot) put the sauce over medium heat and thicken it with a mixture of corn starch and water.

Serve hot, with the hot potato dumplings and some red cabbage.

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Pirogies!

Here’s something for pretty much everyone.  Home made pirogies.

I know you all have probably bought the frozen variety, mostly due to convenience, but, if you have a bit of time on the weekends or something, you can make your own, and actually put what you want in them, instead of dealing with the store supplied fillings.

What you will need:

Dough:

2 cups flour
a tsp of salt
enough water to make it into a pliable dough

Now mix all these together…the water is subjective so just add a little at a time until it forms a dough.  Then knead this dough. and let rest

Filling:

1lb of potatoes, peeled and mashed.

Now what I like to put in it is a mixture of stuff

I take some bacon, cut it up and fry it until crisp with some minced onions so they caramalize.  Then I mix in with the already hot mashed potatoes, some garlic spread,  the bacon, the onions, a bit of grated sharp cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream and some minced chives.

Now,  Roll out the pirogie dough on a floured surface so it’s about 1/4-1/8″ thick..not too thick but not too thin.  Take a glass or a small plastic cup and cut out circles.  Put a tablespoon of your potato mixture in the middle of each of the circles, then take your finger, put it in some warm water and trace the outside of each circle before folding them in half and pinching the pirogies shut.

Cook in boiling water until they float.  If you want,  you can freeze them for later, or toss in butter/bacon/chives and serve with sour cream!