Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homemade Ham Pot Pie with homemade noodles

Alright guys, I've had this huge craving for chicken n' dumplins from Cracker Barrel, like my most favorite resturant, but...times are tough.  So I thought of the next best, closest thing, ham pot pie, with home made noodles. Plus I STILL can't use the oven :(  Not to mention it's helping me get in the holiday mood!  I just found out that trick-or-treat is next Thursday for our new town, yaaaaaay! Now we just need to stock up on candy and lots of it!

Homemade Ham Pot Pie
1 5lb. ham hock (fully cooked and cut into pieces.)
2 qt. any flavored broth (we used the broth from our ham when we cooked it.)
4-5 small potatoes cubed
2 c. frozen peas and carrots
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c.all purpose flour
2 tsp. parsley

Homemade Noodles
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp. cold water 

It's actually a very simple easy recipe, not too many ingredients.  Just simple and to the point, perfect for me who is cooking challenged.  

Start out either cooking your ham on the stove in a large pot with about 2-3 quarts of water, or how ever much you need to cover it about 3/4 of the way.  After your ham is done, ours took about 2 1/2 hours, remove it from the broth (DO NOT POUR OUT THE BROTH!!!!) and cut it up into small pieces, return to the broth.  Add potatoes, onions, and celery, let them cook on medium heat. When potatoes become soft (able to put a fork through) add your frozen peas and carrots along with flour and parsley.  Now time to make the noodles. Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl.  In a separate bowl beat together eggs and water.  Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture. Stir dough until it forms a ball (add small amount of water if necessary), dough should be stiff.  Cover surface with flour along with your rolling pin.  Roll out dough approx. 1 in. thick.  Cut into 2 in. squares, makes about 24 squares.  Slowly add noodles to pot pie, add them one at a time, if not they will stick together. After all your noodles have been added, let it simmer on low for about 1 1/2 hours, or until ready to be served.

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