Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Creamy Cucumber Salad
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This is a German style cucumber salad and sounds delicious. Greek yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream but when doing this, leave out the lemon juice, or make the sour cream using labneh. I made this on 20 Aug 2017 and it is delicious! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sour cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt but omit the lemon juice. You can also make make the sour cream using labneh, shortcut for that is in the Recipe Notes section below.
  2. For the salt, you can make the dressing with the salt included but the salad will need to be consumed just after making or within just a few hours as the salt will cause the cucumbers to weep. An alternative is to salt the cucumber slices in a sieve and let them set for an hour, gently squeeze out remaining moisture, then proceed as directed, which will result in crispy cucumbers for 2-3 days with the dressing. This photo is of the cucumbers salted and draining.
  3. Using a small bowl, add the sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice only if using sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate until needed. Best results if you mix the dressing into the vegetables just before serving. If using the salted cucumber method, omit the salt in the dressing mixture.
  4. Place the cucumber and onion in a bowl, add the dressing and mix and serve then or within 2-3 hours, keeping the salad refrigerated until use.
  5. If using the salted cucumbers, mix in the dressing and refrigerate until use, store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. I used salted cucumbers so everything is mixed and goes into the fridge to chill. I also added the julienned carrot for a bit of color.
  6. Serve as a side as is or on a bed of lettuce for a nice presentation and a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Inspired by the recipe Creamy Cucumber Salad from Natasha's Kitchen.

Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)

Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)
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This is a true German dish and if you have ever had pork knuckles, this is a good way to prepare them compared to just roasting, which is also very good.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Pork Knuckles & Sauerkraut (Kombes mit Eisbein und Kartoffelbrei)
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This is a true German dish and if you have ever had pork knuckles, this is a good way to prepare them compared to just roasting, which is also very good.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the pork knuckles in your slow cooker.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients except the mashed potatoes and pour over the knuckles. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 hours without removing the lid.
  3. Remove the knuckles from the slow cooker. Scoop out some sauerkraut and place on one side of each plate, place a pork knuckle on top of the kraut, then place a scoop of mashed potatoes on the other side of the plate. Serve.
Recipe Notes

These are available at Makro, frozen, each is 800 grams and cost is 200 Baht each. And I recently seen them 4 in a bag, frozen in Tesco, cannot remember the price. If serving one knuckle for 2 people (easily done),  the cost would be about $2.95 per person. I will add  the cost of sauerkraut when I find that. More expensive than other meals listed here but is a great treat for yourself.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

German-Style Fried Potatoes

German-Style Fried Potatoes
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I cannot vouch for these being German style, sounds like fried potatoes with bacon, but it does sound good, and I do like the part of boiling the potatoes first. On my to cook list. This would be a good side with grilled brats, chicken, or about any dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 24 hours
German-Style Fried Potatoes
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I cannot vouch for these being German style, sounds like fried potatoes with bacon, but it does sound good, and I do like the part of boiling the potatoes first. On my to cook list. This would be a good side with grilled brats, chicken, or about any dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 24 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 24 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the cold potatoes into thin 1/8 inch thick slices, then set aside.
  2. Add about 1 tbsp of the oil to a large frying pan and heat gently. Fry the onions until soft then add the bacon pieces. Continue frying till the bacon and onions are lightly browned then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Set aside.
  3. Add the remaining oil and butter to the pan and fry the potato slices over a low/medium heat, turning them occasionally. Allow them to brown lightly on one side before turning, repeating the process till most of the potatoes are golden brown.
  4. Once the potatoes are almost done, return the onion and bacon mix to the pan, season with salt and plenty of black pepper, then continue frying over a medium heat till everything is nicely browned. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Potatoes run about 38 Baht/kilo, this is well under $1 per serving for 4 servings, more than reasonable for a good hearty side.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hot German Potato Salad

Hot German Potato Salad
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Sounds good.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Hot German Potato Salad
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Sounds good.
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil potatoes until tender, drain.
  2. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Remove and chop. Cook and stir onion in bacon fat until tender. Stir in flour, sugar, salt celery seed and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly. Slowly add water and vinegar and heat to boiling stirring constantly. Remove from heat and combine with drained potatoes and bacon until potatoes are completely coated.
  3. Remove from heat and combine with drained potatoes and bacon until potatoes are completely coated.
Recipe Notes

Provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
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Beer Braised Pork Knuckles

Beer Braised Pork Knuckles
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To start off, this is not a $1 meal by any means. Simple recipe however. This is a modified version of the original recipe I found. The crackling (skin) was perfect, the internal temperature was spot on for pork, bone pulled right out (great treat for our dog), and the meat was fork tender with a delicious flavor.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Beer Braised Pork Knuckles
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To start off, this is not a $1 meal by any means. Simple recipe however. This is a modified version of the original recipe I found. The crackling (skin) was perfect, the internal temperature was spot on for pork, bone pulled right out (great treat for our dog), and the meat was fork tender with a delicious flavor.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C.
  2. Score the skin of the knuckles.
  3. Slice an onion and place that on the bottom of a cooking dish, place knuckles on top, extra onion, just put that around the knuckles.
  4. Pour a can of beer over the knuckles then generously add garlic powder and ground black pepper to the knuckles, add salt to your liking.
  5. Put in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, remove and pour another can of beer over the knuckles. Reduce heat on the oven to 175 C and put the baking dish back in the oven for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours of 175 C temp, increase to 220 C, remove the pan and baste the knuckles with the liquid in the pan, put back in for another 30 minutes.
  7. You can either carve these or leave whole, in Germany, I guess it is tradition that one knuckle is one serving to a person and plated like that.
  8. Sides would be mashed potatoes, potato salad, buttered egg noodles, or sauerkraut, and as green vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I found these in Makro, frozen. Each is 800 grams and cost is 200 baht each. If serving one knuckle for 2 people (easily done), the cost would be about $2.95 per person. A bit more expensive than other meals listed here but is a great treat for yourself.

Adapted from an internet recipe.