Zucchini and Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)
with Applesauce (Apfelmus)
Final BBQ for the Season
How about a Schwenkbraten or a Spiessbraten?
I absolutely love all of these dishes from the Saarland region of Germany.
This is in the southwestern part of Germany .
The Spiessbraten and Schwenkbraten (A Pork or Beef Steak dish), belong to the city of Idar-Oberstein Germany, as well as the jewelry and precious stones. It started in the 1800's when Gem stone prospectors returned from South America and wanted to do their own version of steaks like the Gaucho's did.
Beechwood Chips are the traditional wood
used for cooking Saarland food over a Schwenker
Idar-Oberstein is known as a gemstone center. Until the 18th century, the area was a source for agate and jasper . A combination of low-cost labor and energy helped the gemstone-working industry flourish. The river Nahe provided free water power for the cutting and polishing machines at the mills
This specialty is from the Idar Oberstein area of the Rhine. Read more about it here. Traditionally this is spit roasted over beechwood coals
. This recipe is modified for us that don't have a spit or rotisserie
I love the way these pork steaks are marinated. Onions pounded and mixed with
olive oil and spices are pressed into the meat in layers and sit overnight.
Traditionally they are cooked on a swinging grill over beechwood coals.
It is very hard to find beechwood here in the United States,
I am told that oak is an acceptable substitute
My friend Karen Kinnane told me a story that she heard recently when she was in Lepzeig
from her friend that was a chef in Communist East Germany.
This chef ,Andreas got so tired of using the limited vegetables on hand
and really missed what he referred to as the "Long green things" that he loved so much.
After some question and answer Karen determined this chef meant zucchini.
Karen tried to tell him that if you live in areas where they are plentiful
sometimes you have box fulls and box fulls that you can't give away.
In fact she says if you saw your neighbor walking up to the house with a box in his arms
you can guess it was zucchini,
close the blinds and turn out any lights to make it look as if
you weren't home.
Well there are many ways now to use that extra zucchini
Karen Kinnane who deals with lots of bumper crops of zucchini in her garden and this
is one of the recipes that she makes that is very quick and easy, nice for a fall evening
and can be served hot or chilled.
If you want to cut down on some carbs this is a nice alternative.
You can of course use whatever ratio potatoes to zucchini you want
but I like it about half and half and I add a bit of mashed potatoes.
Karin Elliot born and raised in Germany
is a chef and wonderful friend giving me encouragement through the years here and donated her recipes for our newsletter. She also does wonderful volunteer work like providing meals for school children in need in Tuscon, Arizona.
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German Cookbook Special
A recipe book and short biography of my Grandmother Emma Block. Her recipes, culture and cooking styles that were brought over from Germany. How they evolved when she came to America in the early 1900s and settled in Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the United States. Over 100 recipes