Paula made knepp for everyone tonight. Knepp is a simple noodle that she learned to make from her mother…and Paula’s mother learned to make it from her mother. It is a filling depression-era dish. While it is simple, we have learned to really enjoy it…especially in the winter months. We generally enjoy the knepp with a piece of ham and baked beans. It is really filling. While Paula grew up loving this meal, all three of us have learned to appreciate it.
In order to make the knepp (noodles), you have to mix 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of shortening. Then you have to add enough milk, about 1 cup, to make the dough. It should be stiff but soft enough to knead.
Once you have kneaded the dough, you will need to roll it out and cut it into noodles. While you are preparing the noodles, you should have a boil a large pot of water. When the water starts to boil, add 1 diced large potato along with the noodles to the water and cook until the potato is done and you can just pierce it with a fork. This should take about 15 minutes.
While the noodles and potato is cooking, you need to make some croutons to mix with the knepp and potato. Cover a small skillet with some oil and heat over medium heat. Add 1-2 pieces of bread that has been cut up into small pieces. Toast until they are brown. Finally add 1 cup of cream and cook for a few minutes until the cream is hot and thickens slightly. After draining the knepp and potatoes into a large bowl, pour the cream and croutons over them and mix thoroughly. Serve and enjoy. I always like to add salt and pepper to mine to give this plain and simple dish some flavor.
As I said earlier, we generally serve this with some sliced ham and baked beans. Last night Theodore also made us a Caesar salad to enjoy with the meal. He had made some Caesar dressing earlier in the week and so he made the salad to give us some green vegetables with the meal. All three of us enjoyed the meal…even if it took a long time to clean up the dishes afterward!