Monday Meal Review: Austria

Sacher Torte, chocolate happiness

This is the 10th meal in my personal challenge to cook one meal from every country in the world. We planned on eating our Austrian Global Table over candlelight. As a new parent, I'm learning to improvise. As you know, we have a 9-month old. With just the two of us juggling our little sweetheart, there was no way we could get our meal done, take pictures, feed her dinner, nurse her, put her to bed, and fit "romantic dinner" into all of that. So, to make things "easier" we ate our meal … [Read more...]

Recipe: Viennese Hot Chocolate

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Makes 2-4 mugs Viennese Hot Cocoa is so rich and tasty, you won't need dessert. Perfect for a chilly night! Take care when adding the egg yolk to the hot liquid, you don't want to make "scrambled egg cocoa." Ingredients: 2 cups milk 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa 3 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp raspberry brandy (or regular) 1 egg yolk For whipping cream: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 Tbsp powdered sugar Method: 1. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Add vanilla and powdered … [Read more...]

KasNocken (Austrian Spaetzle with cheese and caramelized onion)

Melted Gruyere takes this dish over the edge

Serves 2-3 This is an Austrian's answer to Mac and Cheese. Totally wonderful and, as a bonus, vegetarian! One taste and you'll want to move to Austria. Ingredients: 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cups flour 1 Tbsp butter 1 onion, sliced thinly 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese (or more to taste) Method: 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Add flour a 1/2 cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Let rest 10-20 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein (Breaded and Fried Pork Cutlet)

This very large plate makes it hard to tell that this Weiner Schnitzel is about 8" in diameter!

Serves 2 Wiener Schnitzel will fill you up after a long day hiking, skiing, or swimming. Enjoy this Austrian dish with potatoes or Nocken. Ingredients: 2 pork cutlets 1/2 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 eggs 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp paprika olive oil lemon slices Method: 1. Place flour, salt and pepper in a dish. In another dish, place whisked eggs. In a third dish, place bread crumbs, parsley, and paprika.  Whisk. 2. Place cutlets … [Read more...]

Recipe: Green Beans with Speck (Schinkenspeck)

Green Beans with Speck can be made ahead and heated in the oven right before serving.

Serves 2-4 Speck, technically called Schinkenspeck, is a dry aged prosciutto product. Bacon or ham can be substituted if your grocer does not carry this Austrian favorite. Enjoy Green Beans with Speck with chicken, fish, or pork Ingredients: 1 lb of green beans 2 ounces schinkenspeck, minced Method: 1. Simmer green beans in a large pot of salted water until just cooked. Drain and set aside. 2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add speck and cook until the fat renders … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to make good Nocken (Austrian Spaetzle)

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Kasnocken (Recipe) are small, "squiggly" pasta served with cheese and caramelized onion, essentially Austrian Mac and Cheese. This delicious "post-ski" comfort food can be made any number of ways, but I've done some research on proper technique. The best KasNocken techniques keep the dough tender: - Do not over-mix the dough or your Nocken will be tough. Just combine ingredients with your hand or a spoon until just mixed. - Let the dough rest for 10-20 minutes after mixing. This … [Read more...]

Menu: Austria

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When I wrote this menu, I was thinking of my husband. That's why chocolate shows up twice. So why was I thinking of my husband? Because we're due for a romantic date night. Ever since baby Ava was born, date nights have been at home. That doesn't mean the date can't be special, though.  I chose this menu because most of the meal is made ahead and just needs assembly at dinner time, leaving more time for socializing. NOTE: I just had the fortunate opportunity to speak with an Austrian. As a … [Read more...]

About Austrian Food: land of ‘sausage-gobblers’?

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"What did you call me?" "Sausage-gobbler!" "Why, I oughtta!!!" "No, no! It's a compliment in Austria!" Austrians appreciate good, meaty, fried, stick-to-your-ribs-after-a-day-of-hiking-or-skiing food, followed by so-decadent-they-should-be-illegal pastries and desserts. True, modern Austrians trend towards eating a more healthy, low-fat diet. However, traditional Austrian diners are affectionately referred to as Wurstfressers (sausage-gobblers). Wurstfressers are Austrians who enjoy so … [Read more...]