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Old-style recipes

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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tillywilstillywils Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hi everyone,

I wonder if this old-style recipe might help with the food budget. It goes back many years to other times when money was short and tummies were empty (I'm now a 'senior' and my Mum and Grand-mum used to make this way-back-when)

Bacon and Onion Dumpling
Two or three rashers of bacon (chopped), one onion (chopped), mixed herbs if you want, 6oz self-raising flour, 3oz suet (the vege sort is good) and some water.
Mix flour and suet together, add herbs if you want them and then add enough water to bring the pastry together. Roll out into a rectangle on a floured board, sprinkle the bacon and onion over the pastry, moisten the long edges and turn in a little way. Moisten again and then roll up like a swiss roll.
Put onto a piece of foil (lightly greased) leaving room enough for the dumpling to swell and then into a steamer. Steam for 2 or 3 hours (don't let the water boil dry). Serve with mashed potatoes and whatever other vegs you want, and some gravy. Cheap, tasty and filling! :T

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  • angukanguk Forumite
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    I make something similar but bake it in the oven instead of steaming it. I got the recipe from this thread:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=278084&highlight=suet
    I use mrbadexample's mum's recipe:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=3291818&postcount=23
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    great recipe, thanks, I've put a link to this from the Grocery Challenge recipe list :beer:
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  • TurkishdreamerTurkishdreamer Forumite
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    I like the sound of this, but would need to adapt it to a veggie option, any ideas??? Think onions and herbs would be a bit bland needs a bit of bulk, but the time for cooking doesn't lend itself to quorn.
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    angukanguk Forumite
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    edited 4 March 2011 at 11:57PM
    I like the sound of this, but would need to adapt it to a veggie option, any ideas??? Think onions and herbs would be a bit bland needs a bit of bulk, but the time for cooking doesn't lend itself to quorn.
    It's lovely made with leek and mushrooms instead of bacon and onions. I always lightly fry the filling first but that's because I bake the dumpling/roly-poly in the oven, if you're going to steam it for a couple of hours you probably wouldn't need to.

    Roast pepper or roast veg filling would be nice, served with something like a herby tomato sauce instead of gravy.
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  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    Hi tillywils,

    Welcome to Old Style and what a great first post! :T I'll add your recipe to the main cheap recipes thread later so that it will be easier for other users to find.

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  • How funny that I should read this old thread today, I was just talking to my son yesterday about this dish as I haven't cooked it for years!

    My Mum and Dad used to do this and I loved it, we had it with mashed potatoes and carrots in white onion sauce...yummy!

    Now I'm a vegetarian I'm going to try it with Quorn rashers for me and bacon for the boys.
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