Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dark Days Week 12: PA Dutch BBQ

You know how each region has its take on barbequed meat? Well, here's the PA Dutch version! More ethnic food for Dark Days. It's from the Mennonite Community Cookbook , but I called my mom and got her slight adjustments because her version is what I grew up on. Called simply "barbeque", it's ubiquitous at potlucks and picnics. Fortunately for me, Martin's Potato Rolls fall within my 100 mile radius (normally when I say local, I mean made/grown in my county).


Fry together in a little oil if needed, until hamburger is brown:
1 pound hamburger
1 chopped onion

Mix together:
1/3 c. ketchup
1.5 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. vinegar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt

Pour sauce over meat and onions in skillet. Simmer about 20 minutes and serve on rolls.

We ate our barbeque sandwiches with German slaw (also known as pepper cabbage). I used cabbage, spring onions, and parsley, which were local and organic. From Mennonite Country Style, this version freezes well. I also made oven sweet potato fries with plenty of salt and pepper.

A little thriftiness:
Instead of simmering the barbeque on the stovetop, I popped it in the oven where the sweet potatoes were roasting at 425. Worked fine. Then I also warmed the buns by wrapping them in a dishtowel and setting them just under my oven's vent. Also worked fine.


Anonymous said...

Another bun heating option....I put them in a covered casserole and they hot up real nice along with whatever else is in the oven.


A said...

I am seriously someone who sometimes chooses not to go to a fellowship meal when everyone is supposed to bring enough BBQ for their family to add to the pot because I had no idea how to do it and it seemed totally daunting. I had no idea it was so easy! (Although a voice from the living room just came: "You know what's easier? A can of Manwich.") LOVE the sweet potato wedges idea.

Margo said...

A, I know what you mean! I actually asked my mom for her recipe because I never never made it before (it's not really the kind of food our generation eats - is that why, maybe?)

You tell your husband that Manwich doesn't make the house smell that good, ok? That's the secret bonus to cooking!

Sara said...

totally do the oven-vent warmer thing. Works great for melting butter too!