Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Grandma's Noodles

Everyone remembers my Grandma's noodles.  I don't know if it's an Indiana thing, or a Midwest thing, but she always made egg noodles from scratch.  They were a staple every holiday.

This year, I decided to make my own.  I even hunted down the elusive Milnot milk to make them, which is apparently THE key ingredient.  I also discovered that Grandma's "recipe" was essentially all over the internet, and that it was truly simple as could be:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • Half-eggshell of Milnot (for real!)

You mix all that up (I found it was best to use my food processor, though I also did it with my stand mixer and dough hook.. hence the different photos), let the dough stand about 15 minutes, then roll out the noodles thin with tons of flour.  Cut them how you like them.  I learned that when cooked, the noodles definitely grow significantly in size, so I plan to make mine thinner and skinnier next time.

You can let them dry out and freeze them (use lots of flour!), or cook right away.  You toss them into boiling chicken broth and cook them, then you serve them over turkey, mashed potatoes, you name it.  I think I made like 4-5 batches of the recipe in the end, filling about 3 1/2 quart ziplocs in the freezer.  We found that one baggie fed five hungry adults, plus seconds/leftovers.

Simmering noodles

Grandma made so many they were all over the tables and counters drying...  then she froze them, sometimes handing out baggies to us as gifts.  My hope is that now that I know my noodles taste like Grandma's, I can learn to make them in mass to have them at an even bigger family gathering in 2015.

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