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Saturday April 4th Menu, served 9 AM -2 PM

Kernel Restaurant: Saturday April 4th
taking orders 9 am- 2 pm
Owatonna, MN     call 507-451-2585
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Soups of the day: Garden Tomato, Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice, Chili
bowl 4.69 cup 3.99 quart 10.00
Kernel Favorites Breakfast w Crumbled Sausage Patties & Sauteed Onion & Green Peppers, HB, toast
And Beverage 8.99
Biscuits & Gravy w beverage 6.99
Biscuit & Gravy w Sausage Patties & 2 Eggs, & Beverage 9.49
Classic Breakfast: 2 eggs, ham, bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast & beverage 8.99
Ham & Cheese Omelet w Hash browns, toast & beverage 8.99
Caramel Pecan Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls (while they last) 3.49 each
Hot Beef Sandwich whipped potatoes & Beef Gravy 6.99 Senior Hot Beef 6.49
Roast Beef Dinner w Whipped Potato & Gravy, Vegetable & Dinner roll 7.99
Beef Brisket Sandwich Basket 8.99 w BBQ Sauce Fries, Rings or Potato Salad, & Cole slaw
Pulled Pork Sandwich Basket 8.99 w BBQ Sauce, Fries, Rings or Potato Salad & Cole slaw
Fried Chicken Basket (2 piece) dark or white 7.99
Chow Mein on Crispy Noodles w Rice & Toast 6.49
Baked Beans (pint, quart, or as a side choice)
Patty Melt Basket Fries or Onion Rings, Cole slaw 8.99
Bacon Cheeseburger Basket w Fries or Onion Rings, Cole slaw 8.99
Chicken Strips Basket w Fries or Onion Rings, Cole Slaw 9.49 (4 strips)
Add a beverage to any entrée for $1.00


Value Baskets served daily!!

   Cuban Sandwich Baskets

           BBQ Smoked Brisket Sandwich Baskets                                       
     served daily9.29


Soup of the Month- Sweet & Sour Sauerkraut Soup
1 ½ gallon water
Chicken base – 1/3 cup
Ham Base 1/3 Cup
1 ½  cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 yellow onion diced
1 rutabaga diced
4 cups diced celery or half of a bunch
1 head cabbage- chopped
2 or 3  cups sauerkraut
Bacon chopped 10 strips
Roast pork diced 4 cups
Polish sausage diced 4 cups
Diced potatoes (fresh red are good) 8 cups
Bring to a low boil and Cook till rutabaga is cooked through (about 40 minutes)
Add 4 cups diced carrots (frozen)
If Fresh Carrots add at beginning of cooking process
Simmer on stove for 20 minutes
Season with white pepper, Mrs Dash, parsley flakes, powdered garlic



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Soup of the Week

I take alot of pride in the homemade soups we serve at the Kernel. I thought I'd give a little history of each of our soups. This week it our Bean & Ham. Served every Monday, sometimes on Tuesday.

What's in it?  I start by buying  a wide variety of dried beans. These include Black Turtle beans, Red Beans,
Yellow and Brown Lentils, Great Northern Beans, Pinto Beans, Lima Beans, Cannelinis, Split Peas.  I combine all these beans in varying proportion with the largest being the Great Northerns. Usually I buy about 100 pounds total of these beans at one time to get the proper proportions.

I like to start the cooking process very early in the morning as it will take several hours to prepare this soup properly, rushing it will bring the starches out to quickly resulting in a muddy taste. I like to add a little white pepper, chopped onion, Kitchen bouquet and Minor's Ham base. I don't need to add salt to the soup as the ham base contains enough. I slow cook the beans for several hours then add ketchup and diced ham towards the end. This soup is as easy as there is to make, provided you have a steam-jacketed kettle. Thats why we normally  have it on Monday, as I have alot to do on Monday mornings and I need a no-fuss soup.



Soup of the Month

Of all the soups we make at the Kernel, the one that has the most faithful following among our customers is the Potato Dumpling that we have served every Wednesday for at least the last 20 years. We've had requests to run the soup more often, or even every day, but after experimenting with having it other days of the week, and more often, I've decided the best way to do it is to have it once a week, the same day, that way those who really want it, know when we will have it available.  The soup actually goes back to my child hood when my dear mother made a version of this at our home. She always made homemade noodles and when she didn't want to take the time to make the noodles, she would make these dumplings that are more a free form noodle than a dumpling, but once you have them in your soup, you quickly become addicted. To make the soup you will need the following: 
  • Chicken stock,
  • Yellow Onion,
  • Diced raw potato (russets)
  • Eggs, Flour, Butter, Milk, Heavy Cream,
  • Chicken base,
  • Ham or Bacon,
  • Parsley Flakes, white pepper, onion salt.
For making this at home start with a quart of water with some chicken base added, or a quart of chicken stock,  dice up about half of a medim sized yellow onion and add that to your stock.  Add about 3 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled and diced to the liquid and put it in a large stock pot and put it on medium heat.

In the mean time crack 3 or 4 large eggs and beat well (by hand) in a mixing bowl, add some salt and pepper to your egg mixture and slowly add flour while whisking until the you have a thick and sticky batter, too thick your dumplings will be too heavy, not thick enough your dumplings will fall apart into little pieces, you'll learn with exerience.

When your potatoes are nearly tender, start dropping your egg/flour mixture into the still boiling stock, use a larger spoon to drop them in, I like to dip the spoon into the stock to heat it, then scoop some dumpling mixutre with the hot spoon and dip it into the stock, the dumpling should let go of your spoon,  try not to make your dumplings too large. Keep stirring the soup from the bottom during this process and make sure your stock is at a low boil. Once your have all the dumplings in the stock and your potatoes are nearly done add some milk and a little heavy cream (cream is optional). While stirring occassionally to make sure your soup doesn't stick, melt about half a stick of butter and stir in enough flour to make a paste the consistency of apple sauce. Stir this roux into your still cooking soup pot, and turn it down to the lowest setting. Add some diced ham or some crumbled crsipy cooked bacon, some parsley flakes, some white pepper and onion salt. Stir and taste, if your think your soup is too thick at this point, add some more milk.

This soup can be tempermental, my advice is to make sure you control the heat so it doesn't scorch, with milk it is very easy to scorch and scorching will ruin the flavor. Good luck!


Bean & Sausage & Rice Soup

Bean & Sausage & Rice Soup
We make alot of homemade soups, I am particularly proud of this one.
Its really a white chili. And here is how I make it:

Start with chicken stock.
Onion & Celery
Rice & Roasted Red & Jalapeno Peppers & Corn
Smoked Sausage, Cooked Bacon, & Diced Chicken Breast

Also add; Some diced tomatoes. garlic,
chili powder ( I use smoked Serrano) to taste
Bean & Sausage & Rice Soup

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