Posts Tagged ‘german’

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maultaschen – black forest ravioli

December 22, 2011

this recipe is from black forest cuisine by walter staib.

he says this, accompanied by a gorgeous photo of them:
“whenever i think about maultaschen, i am home again. to me, this is the ultimate comfort food. this is my soul food. my mother would make piles of these ravioli in a single disciplined session, taking time and care with the dough and cutting it in various sizes to stuff with the meat filling. maultaschen can be large or small, sauteed as i suggest here, simmered in soup, or cut into strips and prepared like hash browns. sometimes my mother would float them in beef bouillon or chicken stock to make a delicious soup. personally, i will eat them anywhere at any time of day. in fact, when i used to travel home, my mother would prepare maultaschen especially for me and send my father to the airport, plate in hand. as soon as my feet hit the ground, i would begin to inhale them, at the same time thanking heaven that i was in the black forest.”

MAULTASCHEN

+dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 T + 1 t veg oil
1 T + 1 t salt

+filling
1 T unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 c soft bread crumbs
6 oz ground pork
6 oz ground beef
3 egg yolks
1 scallion, trimmed and finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
salt
pepper

+assembly
1 egg
2 T water
4 T unsalted butter

+process

1. MAKE THE DOUGH: pour flour into medium bowl and mix in egg yolks, eggs, oil, and salt. knead dough with hands until it comes together and can form stiff ball. rest dough in plastic wrap for 1 hour at room temperature.

2. MAKE THE FILLING: melt butter in frying pan, fry onions until translucent, set aside.

3. combine onion, bread crumbs, meat, egg yolks, scallion, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.

4. ASSEMBLE MAULTASCHEN: bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. whisk together egg and water to make an egg wash. roll noodle dough on a lightly floured surface VERY thin (1/16 in) and cut into 12 6-in squares. divide filling among squares, brush edges with egg wash, and fold the four corners of each square into the center, pressing the seams firmly to seal.

5. drop the maultaschen, one at a time, into boiling water and cook for approximately five minutes. remove with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to cool. drain and set aside momentarily.

6. melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. fry maultaschen until golden brown.

serve with potato salad

if you like his recipe, check out the book.

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rote riebesalat (german sweet and sour beet salad)

November 17, 2011

oh, try this!

Rote Riebesalat

Ingredients:

2 ea red beets; bunches

Marinade:

2 tb water

1/4 c vinegar

1/2 tb caraway seeds

pinch of sugar (do beets need sugar? not really! this is optional!)

2 tb onion; minced

1 ts horseradish

1/4 ts cloves; ground

1/2 ts salt

1/4 ts pepper

4 tb salad oil, like walnut or olive

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original instructions:

Wash beets, trim off greens, place in medium saucepan, and cook, without peeling, in salted water to cover, until beets are tender. Peel and slice. Prepare marinade dressing by combining remaining ingredients. Pour over beets and let stand for several hours before serving. Stir beets occasionally.

my instructions:
combine all marinade ingredients in a jar. shake the jar. add a can of beets. (for one can, cut ingredients in half.) add beets to jar, leave on counter, shake several times an hour for a few hours.

adapted by friedsig from Harald Pleiner.

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edit 2018:

seriously delicious. one of my new favorite schwabisch / swabian recipes!

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first zweibelkuchen!

June 15, 2011

what i wanted:

this is the basic recipe for my mom’s interpretation of my oma’s authentic schwarzwald zweibelkuchen.

what i did:

made this crust in the morning, rolled it into a ball, stuffed it in a plastic grocery bag, and stuck it in the fridge.

fried half a package of bacon; half “well done” and half “rare,” and reserved the grease and a few extra pieces for munching

cut two giant vidalias and a little yellow onion into skinny pieces and drench in veg stock, honey, and bacon grease on a cookie sheet with tall sides

roasted about 40 mins on 375, turning often

added caraway, salt, pepper, and nutmeg

rolled out the pie crust and shaped it to a bacon-greased cast-iron

layered a generous amount of homemade thick, sour whole-milk yogurt inside the crust (but it still wasn’t enough, so add more than seems sensible!) and topped it with the seasoned onions, another layer of yogurt, and on top of it all, whole strips of partially cooked bacon, and crumbled bits of cooked bacon.

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IT WAS AMAZING. this is definitely just as easy as pizza. believe it or not, this was the first pie crust i’ve ever done by myself, my first high-altitude pie, and my first zweibelkuchen. it was all easy. this is definitely happening again.

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spinach-sauerkraut soup

June 4, 2011

soup in under a half-hour with no prep? i’m down.

spinach-sauerkraut soup

250 g fresh or frozen spinach
300 g mild Sauerkraut
500ml stock
1 bunch parsley
300 ml heavy cream
salt, pepper
1 pinch sugar
100 g creme fraiche (ed: we used homemade yogurt)
(ed: a handful of beans, peas, or lentils)

1. Wash and remove stems and roots of fresh spinach – defrost frozen spinach and let it drain in a sieve so all water is gone.
2. Chop Sauerkraut; wash parsley and chop it.
3. Puree Sauerkraut, spinach and parsley with a hand mixer or in a blender; add it into a large pot and fill in the beef broth; let it simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add heavy cream, salt, pepper and sugar; let it steep for 5 minutes.
5. Serve the soup with a dab of creme fraiche.

Variation: Instead of using the whole amount of heavy cream, mix in about 100g grated gouda cheese.

edit 11/11: WOW. j made some quick-kraut (no prepared lacto-fermented stuff) with apple cider vinegar and salt and let it sit a few hours. not having a functional food processor, most of the prep time was just in chopping and washing greens. the sour kraut lent such an interesting element to the thing; it made the soup taste like it had been cooking all day. j and i both loved this! threw some urad dal (black lentils) in to make it a little heavier. i definitely recommend doing that. we topped it with yogurt. YUM!

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lentil stew with spaetzle

June 4, 2011

lentil stew with spaetzle

250 g lentils (dry)
1 bundle soup greenery (carrot, celery, parsley root, celery root, leek)
50 g German Speck or Smoked Bacon
1 tbsp cooking oil (neutral oil)
broth or stock
200 g spaetzle
150 g sausage

1. Soak the lentils for at least 6 hours or overnight in cold water; drain and wash.
2. Fry soup greenery and speck in oil.
3. Add 1 l water and bring it to a boil; add stock and lentils and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
4. 7-8 minutes before the lentils are done, add the dried Spaetzle, and let them cook until they are soft. If spaetzle are homemade, they only need 2-3 minutes with the lentils.
4. Cut Kassler or sausages in slices or cubes and add them before the stew is done. Sprinkle parsley before serving hot with fresh bread.

I think it’s neat that there are so many Schwabisch recipes that call for lentils (although I don’t remember my grandmother ever making them.) I’ll be interested in experimenting with vegetarian Schwabisch recipes this fall.

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sourdough rye

April 30, 2011

just set the sponge to sour. we’ll see… i suspect this will be delicious, and increasingly more delicious with each week the baby sourdough is alive.

* 1 cup sourdough starter, at room temperature
* 1 1/2 cups rye flour
* 1 1/4 cups warm water
* 1 (2 1/4 teaspoon) packet active dry yeast (NOTE: I REFUSE TO USE THIS!)
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds

1. 1 Combine starter, rye flour, and one cup of the water in a large bowl; let sour.
2. 2 Add whole-wheat flour, 1 3/4 cups of the all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, and caraway seeds; stir until dough comes together.
3. 3 Knead 9-10 minutes until dough is smooth and springy; add more all-purpose flour, a tablespoon or two at a time during the kneading process as necessary to reduce excess stickiness (this particular dough will remain somewhat sticky); cover and let rise about 1 – 1 1/2 hours in a warm place until doubled.
4. 4 Punch down dough and knead a few strokes to release air; shape into a round loaf and place on a baking stone or a greasing baking sheet; cover loaf lightly and allow to rise about 30 minutes until almost doubled.
5. 5 Spray loaf with water and bake at 425° for 9 minutes, spraying loaf after 3, 6, and 9 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 400° and bake another 20-25 minutes until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom; transfer finished loaf to cooling rack.

modified from this.

ED: too dense. maybe the extra yeast would have been helpful for an airy, holey loaf. this was… bagely. delicious, but too dense. we still ate the whole thing in less than a day. the texture was so bagely that i may turn it into bagels if the same thing happens next time.

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soft pretzels

April 15, 2011

this is my first attempt at boiled bread. i’m a little nervous. and i’m NOT using lye.

basic form taken from this and this

* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 package / 1 cake yeast
* 3 3/4 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 2 teaspoons pretzel salt*

Preparation

Stir together sugar, yeast, and 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water (105 to 110°F) in a glass measuring cup, then let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)

Whisk together 3 1/2 cups flour and 1 tablespoon table salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough. Dust work surface with 1 tablespoon flour, then turn out dough and knead, gradually dusting with just enough additional flour to make a smooth sticky dough, about 8 minutes. (Dough needs to be somewhat sticky to facilitate rolling and forming into pretzels).

Return dough to bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap, then let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface and cut into 8 equal pieces. Using your palms, roll 1 piece back and forth on a clean dry work surface into a rope about 24 inches long. If dough sticks to your hands, lightly dust them with flour. Twist dough into a pretzel shape. (Dough will retract as you form the pretzel.)

Transfer pretzel with your hands to an oiled baking sheet and form 7 more pretzels in same manner with remaining dough, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart.

Let pretzels stand, uncovered, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F. Bring a wide 6-quart pot of water to a boil.

Using both hands, carefully add 3 pretzels, 1 at a time, to boiling water and cook, turning over once with tongs, until pretzels are puffed and shape is set, about 3 minutes. Transfer parboiled pretzels to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining 5 pretzels in 2 batches.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and oil paper, then arrange pretzels on sheet. Brush pretzels lightly with some of egg and sprinkle with pretzel salt. Bake until golden brown and lightly crusted, about 35 minutes.

edit: they looked sort of funny, but definitely tasted like soft pretzel. i wouldn’t say they were indistinguishable from mall or nyc pretzels, but they were delicious and one batch is DEFINITELY not enough. i did four pretzels with an egg wash and four without, and they were instantly devoured. the egg wash made them more soft/chewy (in a good way, like a nyc pretzel) and the non-egg-wash ones got a crispyness on the bottom that was delicious, but unauthentic. i liked both. i’m definitely making this again and again. everyone was delighted by these.

edit two: i made them again two days later. and now i’m making them again today. i’m addicted. i regret nothing.

i was born in new jersey of south german descent, so i’m sort of genetically programmed into a love of soft pretzels.