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Music of Klostertaller

Guten Tag
welcome to the Nov14 2013 Newsletter

Hooray to the Haxe!
Schweinshaxe and Eisbein
Pork Knuckle
with a German Soul

Our Cook Book

Specials from the German Deli

Schweinshaxe, with Potato Dumplings
and Red Cabbage

Schweinshaxe from a Tyrolean recipe

Eisbein mit Sauerkraut and Erbspüree

I am sorry that it has been so long since I have sent you a newsletter of the wonderful world of German cooking and it's background. I very much appreciate all of you that wrote me to tell me how much you appreciate them.

I also love it when you write me with insights of of German "Essen" such as a unique dumplings, kuchens, schwenkbraten or whatever I am writing about or posting at the time on our Facebook discussion page or here. I get fascinated with a certain dish even though it might not be something my German grandma made. So all the background and tips you can send me help fill the gaps.

In turn I share them here and others pick them up and recreate a dish from their childhood or take a chance in their kitchen try something new expanding their German horizons,

 

This time I take on the giant pork knuckle that is used for either a Schweinshaxe or Eisbein. I remember seeing them for the first time at King Ludwig's restaurant in the German theme town Leavenworth, Washington. They were roasting on a rotisserie in the window as you walk by. Not having this growing up I wondered what the heck it was?

For beer a fruity unfiltered Hefeweisen
works well! They bold flavors match the rich
flavors of the schweinshaxe.

 

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A Short Background of Pork and Haxe in Germany

Pork (Schweine) has a long history in Germany,
In fact has long been considered a figure of luck.

The Clever Man Reveres the Hog
In this he's not mistaken;
His outer husk is rather odd
But therin lies the bacon

Ein Kluger Mann verehrt das Schweine
Er denkt an dessen Zweck
Von Außen ist es ja nicht fein
Doch drinnen sitzt der Speck

 

If you had a pig on the farm you had meat for the winter. The pig of course had every inch accounted for when harvest time came along.

The Haxe (pork hock)  was a bony sinewy piece that would be time consuming for sausage and you couldn't make a schnitzel from it, but it was festive and heartwarming either roasted or braised. The marrow and collagen gives the meat a succulent taste when released through long slow cooking. 
In many regions like Bavaria it is popular to roast the Schweinshaxe and serve it on a platter of sauerkraut or red cabbage. its sawed-off protruding leg bone gives it a look of Teutonic barbarity, appropriate for consumption in a restaurant lit by torches and staffed by waiters smeared with woad. The kraut along with a nice fruity beer is perfect to cut the richness of the meat.

  In the cooler Northern regions this cut is called Eisbein which literally means ice bone. 


Why is it called an" Ice Bone" The Hock is white and looks a bit like snow and Ice.
It also is prepared during the cold months.
This is one reason some historians think it is called Eisbein.


Ice bone skate

However one of the bones in this cut is perfect to make ice skates, which
before cars and public transportation was a good way to get around
in winter in Northern Germany. Especially during the Nomadic times.
The ancient tribes had pigs as far back as 7000 BC some historians believe.
The bone was hollow making it easy to make a hole and then sinews from
the pig were used to make nice straps for the feet.

The Haxe (hocks) come from either the front or the back legs of
the pig.

 

The Shoulder hock is used for the Eisbein which is more often braised in stock,
and served with a puree of peas called Erbsenpuree.

 

 

The shank from the hind quarter is a better choice for the Schweinshaxe.

 

 

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Schweinshaxe

The Schweinshaxe is roasted till the skin is crispy and the meat is tender as butter on the inside.


the joint has a great deal of bone marrow and collagen that flavor the meat. The skin is left on the outside
and roasted crispy with an unforgettable flavor. Roy Denman calls it "Bacon in the Round".
It is a favorite of Hofbraus in Bavaria

 

Let's make a Schweinshaxe

with step by step pictures

Potato Dumplings

Rotkohl
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

 

The Schweinshaxe also is great done on a rotisserie.
This is from Bob Hilderbrand. He put a glaze on it.

 

Schweinshaxe
From a Tyrolean recipe
The Tyrol area is on the border of Austria, Italy and Germany

 

 

 


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Eisbein
mit Sauerkraut and Erbspüree

Pork Hock with sauerkraut and pea puree

Picture is courtesy of Essen und Trinken

This is a simmered pork hock rather than roasted. It uses generally the smaller knuckle
from the shoulder as opposed to the hind knuckle.
The Eisbein is often soaked in a brine ( water and salt) for a few days at least.
I am sure centuries ago it was cured in the fall and saved for a winter meal.

I read that this is especially popular in Berlin, and is served with sauerkraut, potatoes and
a puree of peas called Erbsenpüree. This uses a dried pea as you would do in split pea soup.
In fact this recipe for Erbsenpüree gives an alternative to cut up the meat
and serve it with the puree. This might have been the fore runner of our
Split Pea Soup!

Erbsenpüree

 

Eisbein
simmered with Sauerkraut in a crockpot

Go here to make Eisbein (Pork Hocks)
with sauerkraut in a crockpot.

 

 

 

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Klostertaler - Die längste Nacht der Welt 2000

Nananananananananananananananananana
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt, hey
Nananananananananananananananananana
das wird die längste Nacht der Welt, hey

Der Tag war ziemlich hart, doch das ist jetzt vorbei
Bis morgen früh der Wecker klingelt haben wir noch frei
Ich weiss da ein Lokal, da tanzt heut nacht der Bär
Da mußt du gar nichts haben, denn da bist du wer

Hey Nananananananananananananananananana
das wird die längste Nacht der Welt,
Nananana, das wird die längste Nacht der Welt

Hier bist du wirklich Mensch, hier darfst du wirklich sein
Und jeder der grad Lust hat läd dich auf 'nen Dudler ein
Was immer dich auch plagt, hier hört man gerne zu
Und ist im Handumdrehen gleich auf Du und Du

Hey Nananananananananananananananananana
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt, hey
Nananananananananananananananananana
das wird die längste Nacht der Welt.

Wirf eine Münze ein und wähl dein Lieblingslied
Weils hier für deine Lieder immer gute Freunde gibt (La paloma, aufn Sofa)
Und gehts dann richtig los, ja dann wird durchgemacht
Dann geht es volle Kanne durch die ganze Nacht

Nananananananananananananananananana
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt

Ahm, La Paloma, aufn Sofa
Ahm, La Paloma, aufn Sofa
Ahm, La Paloma, aufn Sofa
Ahm, La Paloma, aufn Sofa,
.....dann geht es volle Kanne durch die ganze Nacht

Nananananananananananananananananana
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt hey

Nananananananananananananananananana

Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt
hey Nananananananananananananananananana
Das wird die längste Nacht der Welt, jawoll

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Klostertaler - Frei Wie A Vogel Im Wind 2004

 

 

Klostertaler - Frei Wie A Vogel Im Wind 2004

Auf 'm Berg ob 'n is mei Leb'n
Auf 'm Berg so frei und froh -
Und weil's schön is,
Ganz da ob'n samma do und sog 'n
Hallo (Hallo - Hallo - Hallo - Hallo)

Frei frei frei wia a Vogel im Wind
(holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
auf'm Berg ob'n ganz bestimmt
(holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi,
holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi)

Frei, frei, frei wia a vogel im Wind
( holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibt's nur auf 'm Berg ob'n
Auf'm Berg ganz weit weit ob'n

Steh i do und schau ins Weite,
alle Herrlichkeit und Pracht-
soll i sing'n oder jodl'n
Ganz egal wie man es macht.

Frei frei frei wia a Vogel im Wind
(holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
auf'm Berg ob'n ganz bestimmt
(holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi,
holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi)




Ja frei, frei, frei wia a vogel im wind
( holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
Auf'm Berg ganz weit weit ob'n

(Instrumental)

Frei frei frei wia a Vogel im Wind
(holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
auf'm Berg ob'n ganz bestimmt
(holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi,
holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi)

Frei, frei, frei wia a vogel im wind
( holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
Auf'm Berg ganz weit weit ob'n

Frei, frei, frei wia a Vogel im Wind
(holladijedi holladijedi)
Des gibts nur auf m Berg ob'n
auf'm Berg ob'n ganz bestimmt
(holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi,
holladi, holladi, holladi, holladi)

Frei, frei, frei wia a vogel im Wind
( holladijedi)

 

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Klostertaler - An a Wunder hob I g'laubt 2008

Klostertaler - An a Wunder hob I g'laubt 2008

An ein Wunder habe ich geglaubt

Klostertaler - An a Wunder Hob I G'laubt 2008

An a Wunder hob i g'laubt,
wia a kloana Bua nur schaut,
Denn der Himmel kam zu mir,
mit am liaben Gruss von Dir.


Und die Herzen tanzen mit,
ganz verliebt im Walzerschritt,
Wie die Blumen auf dem Feld,
gibt's no Wunder auf der Welt.

Von der Liab und dem Glück braucht a jeder a Stück,
s'Leben w"r so leer,
Ohne Sorgen und Beschwerden, a Himmel auf Erden,
ach, wie sch"n das w"r.



Kleine Wunder geschehen, wenn wir uns verstehen,
a bisserl Sonnenschein,
Kann a jeder vertragen, ma muss es nur wagen,
dann bleibt ma net allein.

An a Wunder hob i g'laubt,
wia a kloana Bua nur schaut,
Denn der Himmel kam zu mir,
mit am liaben Gruss von Dir.

Und die Herzen tanzen mit,
ganz verliebt im Walzerschritt,
Wie die Blumen auf dem Feld,
gibt's no Wunder auf der Welt.

 

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