Palt is a Swedish potato dumpling stuffed with meat (usually pork). I am not Swedish but my in laws are. I learned to make palt when my ex's maternal grandmother came to visit us years ago. I had seen my mother-in-law make it but Grandma Johnson had me help her so I know how to make it. I don't have a recipe to follow as I make it by feel just like Grandma Johnson showed me.
I am including the recipe from Treasured Recipes - 70th Anniversary of the Bethesda Lutheran Church - 1911 - 1981 so you have a starting point.
5 c grated potatoes or use a blender
4 c flour - approx.
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
Mix grated potatoes, salt, flour and baking powder to form a dough, stiff enough to handle.
Put a large spoonful of dough in hand and pat out enough to make room for filling. (Diced bacon, side pork or hamburger, or mix together as you wish) Form dough around meat and pinch and roll to form ball shape.
Drop into boiling water (salted). Cook 45 min. to 1 hr. If you don't want a filling you can form into patties and cook as usual. Flour may have to be varied (more or less). Practice makes perfect. Serve with butter, syrup or whatever. Recipe can be doubled.
So now here's my palt recipe. I use lean hamburger for my filling. I add salt and pepper and roll the hamburger into golf ball size meatballs. My mother-in-law used side pork either alone chopped up or mixed with hamburger. I found it too greasy for my liking but I guess it is a matter of taste and what you are used to.
Peel and grate potatoes. I now use my food processor to grate them as it is much easier. Squeeze out some of the liquid or your batter will turn a pinkish colour from the potato starch.
Mix together potatoes and flour until you have a sticky dough. I used to do this by hand but now use my Cuisinart. I also add some water so I can add more flour so it is more dough like instead of grated potato texture.
Have a bowl of water available because once you start making the palt, you won't want to be turning on the tap with your doughy hands. Grab a handful of dough - about a tennis ball size and flatten it on our palm.
Place a meatball in the centre of the flattened dough.
Form the dough into a ball around the meatball.
Make sure the surface is smooth without any holes. At this point you can dampen your hand with water to smooth out the surface better.
Drop into large pot of salted boiling water. If you don't have a heavy pot, place a plate on the bottom of the pot so the palt don't stick.
Stir the bottom of the pot to loosen any palt that stuck when you dropped them in.
Reduce heat until the palt is at a gentle boil. They will float to the top. Cover the pot and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour. I usually cook them for 1 hour because I always have meat filling. If you don't fill them, you could cook them for less time.
Remove from pot. People like their palt in different ways. Many people eat it with butter and salt. When my kids were young they ate it with syrup. Some people like it with sour cream.
When you cut the palt open, the centre has a reddish tinge to it. Don't worry, it is cooked, it is just the colour from the hamburger.
Here is the palt cut up with butter and salt, all ready to eat. It is not an attractive meal but it is tasty and sticks to your ribs. I think palt to Sweden is like perogies to the Ukraine.
You always make extra palt so you can have leftovers. You can cut it up and fry it in butter as I usually do. Or you can cut it up and heat it slowly in cream.
I hope you give it a try. Enjoy. :)