Halushki and Pickled Eggs and Beets for the Shelter

It's Spring so that means pickled eggs and beets to me. I made forty quarts of these for the shelter.

You can find my recipe here:  http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/search?q=pickled+eggs+and+beets

They are a bit messy!

These are always best made a day or so before serving.

I could have used some help peeling 8 dozen eggs.  Of course they did not peel easily.  I boiled them a day ahead of time, then I cracked them all and placed them in a pot of hot water which made some of them easier to peel.  Oh, I did use baking soda in the water too.  Do you have a full-proof way to peel hard boiled eggs?

I will give you the recipe for halushki using 1 head of cabbage.  I used 10.  Melt 1 stick of butter in a heavy pot.  Add 1 head of cabbage cut into 1X2 inch pieces.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add some savory, mace, white pepper, salt, sugar, marjoram, coriander, onion pwd. and garlic powder.  Use about 1/2 tsp. of each except for sugar, use about 2 tablespoons of it.

Sprinkle in about 1 tsp. of cracked black pepper.

Cook over medium high heat until the cabbage starts to brown.  Add about 1 cup of beef broth and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.  Stir occasionally. Cook just until cabbage starts to soften.  You don't want mushy cabbage.

I put the cooked cabbage in the shelter containers.

Slice some kielbasa or ham and saute' it in a heavy pot in a bit of oil.

Boil 1 bag of egg noodles.
Put your beets and eggs in the fridge in a sealed container until ready to serve.

Add the sausage and the drained noodles to the cabbage.

Stir well to combine and keep warm until serving. The guys should just be digging into all of this just as I finish this post.  It's very satisfying to be able to feed so many people.


Anonymous said…
looks amazing, except peeling 8 dozen eggs!!!!!!oh my,,
Jenn said…
Wow, that looks like a lot of work! I've heard that eggs peel best if they're not fresh.
Nellie said…
Yikes! That is a lot of eggs to boil and peel! The shelter is really enjoying them, though! The cabbage sounds wonderful!
Anonymous said…
Pickled beets is something we have often here but I've never had pickled eggs. Can't even imagine how it would taste :-)

The food look delicious and makes me even more hungry than I already was :-)

Have a great day!
Tammy said…
I've heard adding baking soda to the water helps, but I don't know how much and I've never tried it. I think it'd be worth looking onto, though, if I had more than a dozen to peel!
Mmmmm, that's real good stick-to-your-ribs kind of food! And apparently beets are the new "wonder food" that will make us all healthier and better people.
Megs said…
Love the Polish food. Growing up in the coal region, I has the greatest Polish and Russian food.
It all looks so wonderful! Love the pickled eggs!
Patty Woodland said…
You need to use old eggs. New eggs won't peel.Add a bit of vinegar to the cooking water. Then after they are cooked put them into ICE water. Let them sit for about 5 minutes. Then peel them.
That's a lot of eggs. Oh my goodness. I can only imagine how rewarded you feel, helping so many on a regular basis. Good for you. All that delicious food is appreciated more than you know.
Guillaume said…
Pickled eggs and beets, two of my favourite things.
gloriahanaway said…
Wish I could have helped with the eggs. I don't mind peeling them. With that many eggs, I would have used half a container of salt to boil them. It always seems to help with the peeling for me. I have never had pickled eggs and beets but they look pretty! I didn't have beets until I was in my 30's and I love them. The cabbage dish looks wonderful!
chickpea678 said…
Are the eggs in with the beets? I needed to use a head of cabbage tonight and I made a yummy soup, but I completely forgot about your haluski recipe!
steakandeggs said…
The best way I found to boil eggs for easy peeling is to start your water boiling. You don't need salt, vinegar, etc. Put the eggs in the boiling water and boil for 14 minutes. Drain boiling water add ice cold water. (I use cold tap water and a tray of ice) Let the eggs set in the cold water for about 15 minutes. Just crack the eggs and the shells will just slide off. This works on fresh eggs just off the nest to older eggs. This really works just ask my egg customers. (Smile)
I am SO proud to know you, Joyce! Just want to remind you of that. :)
Mary Ann said…
The halushki looks great... I think the addition of the noodles makes it a real meal!
CalamityJr said…
Ooh, you've made me hungry for deviled eggs and beets!
I certainly haven't tried this with 8 dozen eggs, but it works well with my smaller recipes :). Start with eggs in cold water, bring to boil, turn heat down to below a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Drain hot water then shake pan briskly, letting eggs hit each other and the side of the pan. The shells will crack repeatedly and some will come clear off on their own! Then I run cold water in the pan and finish removing whatever shell remains. Simple as that!