Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Haloonki....comfort food and a perfect dish for a birthday celebration


Birthdays, so special.......the birth of a child....we are all somebody's child. These moments need to be celebrated each year. Special gift from God....a child...who then becomes an adult. This is dedicated to my son Rick who celebrated his 28th birthday this January and asked for Haloonki as his birthday supper.  I was very happy to accommodate as my Mother taught me her version of cooking this dish when I was young and living at home.
As you can see in the photo at the end of my post, Rick is enjoying his birthday supper.  Happy Birthday Rick, we are so very proud of the man you have become.  We love you lots!

HALOONKI

The ingredients you will need (plus water, and cream) for the tomato sauce.

Sauté the onion in some butter and add pepper and seasonings.
Sauté until onion is translucent then add in the tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Ingredients you will need for the Haloonki dough balls.

Drop the Haloonki into the boiling, salted water and cook for 14 minutes.

Place the cooked Haloonki into the tomato sauce, simmer for a few minutes
and if you like broil the tops until lightly browned.


Simmered and ready to serve with some sour cream and a bit of melted butter on top.

So good, tender light dough filled with beautiful onion bits and enclosed in a tomato garlic sauce.
Served with some marinated vegetables for a perfect birthday dinner!


My son Rick enjoying his birthday supper of Haloonki.....as per his request.

HALOONKI in tomato sauce RECIPE

Sauce:
1 Tablespoon butter
4 cups tomatoes, chopped (1 medium can)
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt
pepper
cayenne (optional)
 6 Tablespoons cream
Sauté onion in the melted butter for 2 minutes, add the garlic and seasonings and continue to sauté until the onion is translucent. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes, stir in cream and bring to a simmer. Take off stove and set aside.

Haloonki Dough:

2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canned evaporated milk
11/2 cup white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 onion, chopped fine
In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients, set aside.
In another small bowl beat eggs and stir in the evaporated milk.
Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Drop by large spoonful onto a floured board and set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and drop in the Haloonki dough balls, simmer for 15 minutes turning them a few times. Remove with slotted spoon and place into the tomato sauce.
Bring all to a simmer and put into the oven to broil until a nice light brown.
Enjoy with some sour cream, melted butter and a salad or marinated vegetables as we did.

'GRACE is a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better.'
Carolyn Myss