Lithuania February 16

Independence Day

Lithuania celebrates its independence yearly every 16th of February. Lithuania is a legitimate member of the United Nations and The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (2004). Although the country originally declared independence from foreign rule on 1918, the result of World Wars crippled the country’s security infrastructure. It later succumbed to invasion but later re-emerged as an independent nation from its last occupier, the Soviet Union, in 1990.

Cepelinai
Serves 6
Ingredients:
For dough
• 5 pounds potatoes peeled cut in 4
• 2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Meat filling
• ½ pound ground pork
• ½ pound ground beef
• 1 onion diced
• 1 egg
• salt and pepper
Sauce
• ½ pound bacon diced
• 1 small onion diced
• 1 ½ cups of sour cream
• Salt and pepper
• ¼ cup chicken stock
• 1 cup mushrooms (optional)
Method:
Boil potatoes in salted water when cooked mash 1/5 with potato hand masher only or put through a ricer set aside to cool. The rest of the potatoes grate with medium grater add lemon juice to potatoes to keep from turning black. Split potatoes into 2 equal parts and put in cheesecloth and squeeze the water out in a bowl, empty the water only out and keep starch on the bottom of the bowl.Unwrap squeezed potatoes and add to bowl with starch, add salt and mix dough well.
In a small frying pan cook onions in oil until soft set aside to cool.Mix ground pork, beef, cooled onion, egg, salt and pepper.
Put salted water in a stock pot and bring to a boil then turn down to a slow boil.
Take 1 cup of dough and flatten then take ½ cup of filling and fold the dough press the edges very well and lower into the water. Cook for around 20 minutes, with a slotted spoon remove from water and repeat. In the meantime make the sauce. In a frying pan cook bacon when done add onions and mushrooms (optional) add sour cream and chicken stock, salt and pepper to taste.
Arrange on a platter and pour sauce over and enjoy.
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