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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #285 on: June 08, 2011, 05:57:18 AM »
Didn't read the links but on an Iron Chef episode they just put the batter/dough in a collander and put it over the boiling water and pushed it through with a rubber spatula.  Only took a few seconds.  But you need the right kind of collander.

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« Reply #286 on: June 08, 2011, 10:10:14 AM »
Didn't read the links but on an Iron Chef episode they just put the batter/dough in a collander and put it over the boiling water and pushed it through with a rubber spatula.  Only took a few seconds.  But you need the right kind of collander.

I've done this. One needs to hold the colander above the pot so that it doesn't heat as quickly or the batter will seize up and cook before it has a chance to extrude through the holes. Then it'll be no spaetzl for you!
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #287 on: June 08, 2011, 10:16:05 AM »
Then it'll be no spaetzl for you!

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #288 on: June 08, 2011, 10:57:33 AM »
Didn't read the links but on an Iron Chef episode they just put the batter/dough in a collander and put it over the boiling water and pushed it through with a rubber spatula.  Only took a few seconds.  But you need the right kind of collander.

I've done this. One needs to hold the colander above the pot so that it doesn't heat as quickly or the batter will seize up and cook before it has a chance to extrude through the holes. Then it'll be no spaetzl for you!

yeah, its a b!tch.  one trick I came up with is to put a small amount of luke warm water in a mixing bowl and push the spatzl into this bowl and then when I've finished pressing, take that bowl and add it to the boiling water - sort of like tempering I guess.  its not the best technique, but its better than when it heats up - its like forcing gum into a coin slot.

As much as I hate unitaskers, I want that spatzelpress now though!
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #289 on: June 08, 2011, 11:40:57 AM »
As much as I hate unitaskers, I want that spatzelpress now though!
I'm about to buy a pasta machine.  Damn you Iron Chef!

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #290 on: June 08, 2011, 04:46:04 PM »
Fried squash & onions and turkey burger patties. Both with a healthy dose of ketchup washed down with a couple of IPA's.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #291 on: June 08, 2011, 05:15:57 PM »
NY strip grilled on charcoal and mesquite chips, MI asparagus sauteed in butta, and IPA. No starch, Doc doesn't approve...
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #292 on: June 08, 2011, 05:18:24 PM »
I been marinating some chicken kabobs that are going on the grill now...  with my wife's homemade baked beans and cornbread...  and a nice abbey ale to beat the heat!
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #293 on: June 08, 2011, 05:35:54 PM »
Farm raised mussels, steamed in poblano pepper wheat beer, with sauteed chorizo, poblano pepper, shallots, corn and garlic with some cream for flavor and texture, served with garlic parmesan bread.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #294 on: June 08, 2011, 05:58:20 PM »
Grilled Chicken Salad garnished with hard boiled egg and bacon. Served with Ranch Dressing.  :)
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #295 on: June 08, 2011, 07:42:48 PM »
Blackened Jamaican Jerk chicken. Steamed veggies and mashed spuds...

It's premade sauce that I bought in Jamaica. Marinated the breasts overnight. Yum.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #296 on: June 13, 2011, 07:41:48 AM »
Lasagna with homemade sauce and homemade fresh pasta.  My maiden voyage with the new pasta machine (Marcato Atlas 150).  Got a deal for $45 shipped.  I made double the amount of dough just in case but didn't need it (I put it through anyway, need the practice!).  It does get to be a >2-handed operation when you get down to the tightest settings but I was able to somehow clumsily get it done.

I used 100% Hodgson Semolina Pasta Flour for one batch and 1:1 mixture of same and plain King Arthur AP flour for the second.  100% semolina flour was slightly easier to work with.

Next up is a 3-cheese agnolotti.

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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #297 on: June 13, 2011, 09:45:25 AM »
Interesting. I think the 100% semolina flour is harder to work with.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #298 on: June 13, 2011, 10:10:51 AM »
I find when I use 100% semolina it is a harder dough but it doesn't rebound as much under the rollers so it's easier to get into shape. the higher the percentage of 'normal' flour the more bounce back after rolling so you have to let it rest more. in that way it's easier. However I have the kitchenaid pasta roller set so I don't have to hand crank anything. I like the final texture of the 100% semolina much more so I pretty much always use that.

When I am making udon it takes forever and gets really tough cause the buckwheat gets really sticky and I have to keep dusting it with more flour.
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Re: What's For Dinner?
« Reply #299 on: June 13, 2011, 10:25:52 AM »
Udon. That's a great idea! Never thought to make it.
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