Monday, November 26, 2012

Homemade Noodles- No Pasta Machine Necessary

Every year after Thanksgiving I make my Grandma Helen's Homemade Noodles to make a bog pot of Turkey Noodle Soup

This recipe probably would have been more useful to you a few days ago.....most normal people are probably almost done with their leftovers

But I kinda suck as a blogger in the timing sense...and picture taking....and posting regularly....basically everything haha

But I'm just gonna say what they always say in sports... "It's a building year"

I'm going to consider this first year of blogging as sort of a wash and maybe next year this blog will finally be somewhat useful...and timely

(A blogger can dream)

But of course these noodles are good for anything too! Not just turkey soup.  I won't care if you use chicken....promise

Here's what ya  need


Start by sifting the flour and salt together into a medium bowl

Separate your eggs and just keep the yolks


Form a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the yolks and a tablespoon of the water



Beat the yolks and gradually start mixing in the flour and incorporating the water in a tablespoon at a time 




Once it gets hard to mix with the fork start mixing by hand

The original recipe calls for 7-8 tablespoons of water but I ended up using more.  Just do it by feel but you don't want it to be sticky....it will be a very stiff dough

Knead the dough until smooth and eleastic


This is the point where I look like a freak and I keep sniffing the dough...it just smells so good I want to bite it raw!  But I managed to refrain

Cover it in plastic and let it rest for 30 mins



Cut the dough in quarters and keep each wrapped until you are ready to roll it



You'll notice the dough feels completely different than it did before.  Before it rests it feels really tough and stiff....almost like rubber bands.  That 30 mins gives the gluten a chance to chill out and relax and it becomes easier to work with

Take 1/4 of the dough and begin rolling it out using flour as needed to keep it from sticking



Grandma's recipe says to roll it out to an 11x14 in rectangle

I have never once rolled it out into any kind of shape that remotely resembles a rectangle....ever.....and never once got it as big as 11x14

I don't think it's humanly possible

Or I am just incredibly impatient.....which is entirely possible

Lightly roll up your....errr....."rectangle" and cut across in thin strips




You'll get these cute little cinnamon roll lookin deals


Unroll them and lay them out onto a baking sheet to dry out a bit.  At least an hour



You could put these in boiling water for about 3-5 minutes and pull them out and eat as is......

OR

Do what I did and just add it to your soup

Saute onion, celery, and carrots


 Add in diced turkey (or chicken) and broth.  I used 12 cups of broth


Bring it up to a boil and then turn it off and add your noodles.  The residual heat is enough to cook the noodles




Why do my hands always look so disgusting in pictures?  I'm starting to get a complex

-__-


My turkey noodle soup has plenty of fresh thyme, a bay leaf, and 3 cloves of pressed garlic for extra flavor

Your soup and noodles are all done!




See how plump the noodles get when you cook them?  I cut them about fettuccine width and you can see how wide they got.  I like them because they have a nice bite to them....they're almost a cross between noodles and dumplings.....maybe I'll start calling them Doodles?


It's really not hard or time consuming so don't be scared to give them a try!  You could even make them the night before and just cook them when you're all ready


Grandma Helen's Noodles

2 C. flour
1 tsp. Salt
4 Egg yolks
7-8 Tbs. Cold water

Sift flour with salt into medium sized bowl

Make a well in the center and add the yolks and a tablespoon of the water

Beat the yolks and water together and incorporate a little bit of the flour

Begin mixing it together by hand adding the water a tablespoon at a time. The dough will be very stiff

Knead the dough until smooth and elastic.  Cover and let rest for 30 mins.

After 30 mins, divide dough in 1/4.  Keep each piece covered until ready to roll out

Roll each piece out to an 11x14 rectangle (or as close as you can get) Roll up lightly and cut into strips

Unroll strips and lay out to dry on sheet pan

Add to boiling soup or boil in water 3-5 minutes until cooked




2 comments:

  1. You've got to be kidding me. I had no idea noodles were so simple to make! Pinning and definitely plan on making my own!

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  2. yum. Those noodles look SO good! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

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