Posted by: Kelli
Growing up, we were the family that saw both sides of extended family every year. We usually spent Christmas day at home just the five of us, but you would find us on the road traveling to see family for much of the holiday season.
We have now transitioned into that family where cousins have all grown up, and many of us have our own families. Our grandparents are aging considerably, and holidays look a bit different. I haven’t seen some of my cousins for years, and my grandparents aren’t the ones hosting any more for the family gatherings.
Sometimes we make it back down to southern Illinois to visit my mom’s family. This year we made it back for Thanksgiving, but we don’t have plans of heading there for Christmas in December. Every time we go down there for the holidays, we aren’t sure who will be there. Sometimes a few cousins make it. Sometimes I just see my grandparents. At Thanksgiving this year, I was able to see my uncle and aunt.
Grandpa’s homemade egg noodles.
You will find them simmering in a huge pot on the stove right next to the mashed potatoes. No matter who is hosting the big meal, no matter who eats that day, no matter what the weather is like, you can always find grandpa’s egg noodles.
Since my grandfather has grown rather old, he is not able to make the homemade noodles anymore. The job of making the noodles is gladly passed around our family, and this year my mom, Kari, and I made the noodles.
4 egg yolks and 1 whole egg
3 Tablespoons cold water
2 Cups of flour
Mix the ingredients well. I use our bread machine and let the dough cycle run for about twenty minutes. This works great for us, but if you don’t have a bread machine, mixing by hand does just as good. Grandpa never used a bread machine.
If you have a pasta maker, separate the noodle dough into four to six small round balls. Lightly flour the outside of the balls. Send them through the pasta maker to flatten the dough. Then send them through to cut the noodles. We use the thinnest setting on our pasta maker.
If you don’t have a pasta maker, roll the noodle dough out onto a lightly floured table top or cooking mat. Roll out the dough until it is less than a quarter of an inch thick. Cut the rolled dough into quarter of an inch strips.
Toss the noddles lightly in flour to avoid sticking. Then let them sit out on the counter until they dry out. They may take up to a day and a half to dry out.
You can freeze the noodles if you don’t need to use them right away. I have done this, and it works well. Otherwise, cook the dried noodles in chicken broth. Like I said above, I highly recommend serving them over homemade mashed potatoes. We often add shredded chicken to the noodles, but I don’t think this is necessary when other meat is being served.
Remember to make some angel food cake or lemon meringue pie with all the left over egg whites.
Do you have any holiday traditions related to food that is a staple at most of your family gatherings? Who started the tradition in your family?