I read When Ann Sloan wrote me a few months ago asking about a dish her grandmother made called Schinkennudeln Auflauf, I hadn’t a clue.
The first thing that is fun is that Auflauf means casserole in German. I love the sound of the word Auflauf...(OWF-Lowf) as in if you get cut and say OW!
One thing I am finding out about many dishes like this and even stews is that some Germans love to layer them, as opposed to mixing them all up and pouring it in the baking dish, or stirring everything up in the pot.
This reminds me of my dad and his not wanting to dirty another dish if he doesn’t have to, so layering is Germanly –efficient!
At first I thought this would be like a German Mac and Cheese but the recipe that German born and raised, Anette Holmes sent was authentic had only a small amount of cheese used with the bread crumbs on the crust. Trudy Maynard made it and confirmed it is how she remembered in Germany. You can certainly add more cheese on every layer if you need it , but I liked it without all the cheese just as much.
I then found the recipe in “The Cuisines of Germany” and read that it is one of the most popular casseroles in Southern Germany especially south of the Main Line.
This recipe the author Horst Scharfenberg recommends making your own egg noodles which seems to have been a something that German Hausfrau’s prided themselves with making.
Anette said that King Arthur AP Flour
is very close to what you get in Germany so I used that, and is easy to find.
This is a nice companion book to Recipes from a German Grandma. From Germany with Love tells more about the story of my grandma, Emma Block, growing up in a little town in Baden/ Würtemberg, Germany near Heidelberg named Steinsfurt. Then at the age of 15 immigrating to the United States, taking a train with one of her sisters and brothers to Hamburg and sailing the Atlantic with other hope filled Germans wanting to make a life in the "New World". It was not easy but with good values learned in her German upbringing made a full life, had a wonderful family with lots of fun and celebration including great German meals.