We love cooking together as a family...and the cold blustery February weather motivated us to try a German inspired menu that would be a fun family project. We visited Helen, GA a few weeks back, and while we were there had the opportunity to eat at a quaint German restaurant, Bodeneese, that we truly enjoyed. We ordered a sampler platter, and everyone was able to try a variety of German fare and determine their favorites. We all agreed the Wiener Schnitzel, Red Cabbage, and Spaetzle (not in that particular order) were our top picks. So we decided to try our hand at preparing an authentic German meal. Below are the recipes we used....hope you enjoy!
Rotkohl German Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage....
Spaetzle literately translated means "little sparrows". When hand-prepared, the little dumplings do indeed share a resemblance. The main ingredients in this soft egg noodle are principally eggs, flour, salt, and a liquid (milk/water). We found the trickiest part to be pressing the dough into the noodle forms. Our first try involved a plastic bag with a small part of the corner cut out...the bags popped on us twice! We then did a little more research and came across the suggestion of using a colander...just be careful of the steam from the boiling water!!!
Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour; 1/4 cup milk; 2 eggs; 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg; pinch of pepper; 1/2 tsp salt
The first step for us in making Wiener Schnitzel was to find locally grown pork cutlets. We are fortunate to have a local farm that grows and sells free-range heritage pork just down the road from us (Mountain Valley Farms). For those of you looking to source products locally, Local Harvest website is a great resource to find farms in your neck of the woods that sell directly to the consumer. This recipe was fun and easy and the kids LOVED getting to use the meat tenderizing mallet on the pork chops!
Ingredients: Pork cutlets sliced thin; 1 cup all-purpose flour; 2-4 eggs well beaten; 4 cups bread crumbs; lemon
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