I have just returned from the Den, where the LP has given me to nights menu and cooking instructions. Tonight we are having the ever popular Sauerkraut, w/hot dogs and dumplings dinner.
1 Qt Jar Jar Sauerkraut
12-14 Slices Slices Bacon
1 Lg. Sweet Onion
6 Cups Chicken Broth
10ea Frankfurters (all beef)
Open the jar of sauerkraut, and drain the liquid, and set aside. In a skillet, cook the slices of bacon til crisp, spoon out and lay cooked bacon strips on paper towels to drain and cool. While bacon strips are cooling, chopped the large sweet onion into a nice diced condition and place into skillet used to cook the bacon, and return skillet to the burner and cook onions til caramelized. While onions are cooking, take a large ( 5qt pan with lid) and crumble the crisp bacon strips into the bottom of the pan. Add the frankfurters (uncut) on top of the bacon crumbles, add the drained sauerkraut, and the caramelized diced onions. Add The chicken broth , put lid on pan, and put pan on burner, and simmer on low for 3 hours minimum. Check pan from time to time and add more chicken broth to keep the ingredients covered while cooking.
When it comes time to serve dinner to the troops, prepare the standard recipe for dumplings as described in the ever popular Betty Crocker Cookbook, and spoon into the simmering pot above and cook (covered---no peeking mind ya) for an additional 15 minutes.-------voila Dinner is ready to be dished up and served.