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Thursday, April 15, 2010

North & South Dakota (ND Dinner and Apple Kuchen)

This week in our study of the Midwestern states is North and South Dakota. The capital of North Dakota is Bismarck and South Dakota's capital is Pierre. Wheat is the most popular crop in North Dakota and milk is the official state beverage. Every year in North Dakota a popular place to go is the Norsk Hostfest. Another interesting thing is that dinner is served at noon and supper is the evening meal. As for South Dakota's history an interesting thing we learned was about water being scarce long ago. Coffee breaks twice a day were the norm for Scandinavian families. At mid-morning and mid-afternoon the women would carry steaming coffeepots and baskets of almond cakes, spice cookies, and yeast crullers out to the men in the fields. Here are some recipes we found that we will be trying:

North Dakota Dinner
Cook Time: 1 hour
·2 (16 oz) cans cream style corn
·5 med potatoes, peeled & sliced
·2 Tbsp butter or margarine, cut into 6 pats
·2 tsp flour
·1 tsp paprika
·1 small onion (to be cooked with hamburger) optional
·1 lb ground beef
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Brown ground beef and onions in medium frying pan. Drain excess fat.
3. Layer the meat and potatoes in the casserole dish by spreading half of the ground beef, then layer half of the sliced potatoes. Add remaining ground beef and then remaining potatoes.
4. Sprinkle flour over potatoes. Add three pats of butter.
5. Cover with creamed corn, sprinkle with paprika.
6. Top with remaining 3 pats of butter.
7. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour or until potatoes are done.

Apple Kuchen
Cook Time: 20 minutes
For the crust:
·2 cups flour
·1/2 cup sugar
·1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
·1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
For the filling:
·1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
·3/4 cup sugar
·1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·1 egg, at room temperature
·For the topping:
·2 tablespoons sugar
·1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
·3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, if desired, cored, and thinly sliced
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
1. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl or food processor fitted with a steel blade and mix to combine.
2. Add the vanilla and butter, a little at a time.
3. Press into the baking pan and bake in oven until slightly golden but not brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.
4. Cool.
5. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
To make the filling:
1. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in mixer (preferably with a paddle) and beat until creamy.
2. Add the egg, mix to combine, and pour over the cooled crust.
1. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix to combine.
2. Place the apples on top of the filling in two or three columns.
3. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and transfer to the oven.
4. Bake until firm and a rich brown, about 20 minutes. Cut into 20 to 24 pieces.

The North Dakota Dinner turned out good. It could have used some salt and pepper IMO because it did taste a little bland. Maybe it's because I'm from the South and we do like a lot of flavor. The Apple Kuchen was yummy. We served it with a dollop of whipped cream. If you are from North or South Dakota please share some recipes with us to try out. I'll be back next week to tell you about another Midwestern state in our study.


Anonymous said...

ohoh I have apples, gonna try that one first :)

Growing In God's Wisdom said...

Let me know how it turns out :)

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