Grandma's Cleblan

Grandma's Cleblan
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Here's a family recipe my grandma taught my mother and it's been passed down through many generations. Grandma was what they called "Pennsylvania Dutch" and I've never seen a similar recipe for her "Cleblan" anywhere. She insisted the potato dumplings & sauerkraut should be cooked in a cast iron skillet to add iron to their diet, but I've cooked it in other types of modern frying pans with good results. I'd love to see this recipe carried on:

Grandma's Cleblan

1 pound bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces (remove fried bacon, but don't throw out grease)
1 pound sauerkraut, undrained
1 diced onion
6 potatoes, peeled & shredded
2 beaten eggs
flour (enough to hold potato dumplings together)
salt & pepper to taste in dumpling mix
pot of boiling, salted water

Mix shredded potatoes with beaten eggs, salt & pepper, adding enough flour to hold the dumplings together as you squeeze them into walnut-sized oblong balls. It helps if you dampen your hands to do this. Put dumplings in a bowl while you bring a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one by one until all are in the water and boil on medium high for 10 minutes. While they are cooking, fry the bacon, remove from pan and reserve the bacon grease. Drain the dumplings when done. Heat the bacon grease back up on high, add the sauerkraut, diced onion and potato dumplings. Stir carefully so as not to break up the dumplings. When the onions are done and the dumplings are a nice old ivory color, it's ready. It's so good, you'll want to eat seconds.

Grandma raised 10 kids during the Depression in a tent and she could make something out of nothing. Her sugar cookies, pies and so many other foods were the best. She always used lard in her baking and she lived well into her 80's. Grandpa lived to be 100 & 1/2, so cholesterol problems never seemed to be an issue with her cooking. Whenever visitors came to her house, she always sent them home with some of her homemade baked goods & preserves. She's been gone over 30 years now, but her cooking was legendary.

Editor's note: Special thanks to Teresa Smelser for sharing her Grandmother's recipe for Cleblan. We asked Teresa what the word cleblan meant and she was unable to tell us. We've come up empty handed in our search as well. All we can think of is that her grandma came up with the word that could have been based off of anything from a child's nickname to two words melded together. All we know is this is a time treasured recipe and we hope you enjoy it.

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