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Vegetarian Cholent, Crockpot II (P, TNT)
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Serves: 6-8

1 cup each white dry big beans, chick peas, and barley (try to buy the big ones),
4 slices bread, toasted and cut into small pieces
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. parsley chopped fine
1 tbsp. Veggie Schmaltz (click here for recipes)
1/2 cup flour
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 potatoes medium size, peeled and pricked with a knife
1 big onion, cut into big pieces
4-5 garlic cloves, big, cut in big slices
salt, freshly ground pepper, and sweet paprika
1 tbsp. powdered chicken soup
2 tbsp. veggie schmaltz
3-4 cups boiling water

*Note: The night before soak the beans and the chick peas, and barley, each in a different bowl, with plenty of water.

Next day bring to a boil with fresh water (again in different saucepans or one after the other) beans and chick peas, Add 1 teaspoon baking soda. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Drain and wash well. Put aside for further use.

Wash and bring the barley to a boil with water for only a few seconds. Drain and wash with cold water, Put aside for further use.

Beat egg, add water, schmaltz, parsley, salt and pepper; beat. Add the flour; mix well. Last add the toasted bread pieces. Mix until all is well blended. Cover and put in refrigerator for later use.

In an heavy skillet with high edges, heat schmaltz and lightly fry the onion. Add the garlic and the seasonings (except the chicken powder soup). Mix and continue to fry on medium heat for just a couple of minutes.

Put in the crockpot half of the onions as first layer. At the side of the pot arrange the potatoes. Add side by side the grains and on top put the bread dumpling.

To prepare the bread dumpling: With floured hand make 2 or 3 balls.

Meanwhile, put in the skillet the boiling water and add the powder chicken soup. Stir; add some more salt if it is needed.

Pour water/soup mixture on top of all. It should cover, if not add some more boiling water. Cover well with foil. Put in preheated 350°F HOT oven for 1 hour.

Put the pot back into preheated crockpot and continue to cook for about 8 - 12 hours. It should always simmer.

To Serve: Half an hour before serving arrange on heated serving dishes.

One dish : Fish out carefully the Bread Dumpling.

Second dish: Fish out the beans, and at the other side put the chick peas.

Third dish: Fish out potatoes, and by its side put the barley.

Cover each dish with a foil, and keep in warm oven until you serve. You can have it with or with out meat.

Serve with salads.

Posted by Rina Perry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A