Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Das ist köstlich

With accordian music and yodeling in the background we sat down to dine on a scrumptuous German feast.

If there's one thing we do good in our household, it's celebrating different cultures, countries, and basically any kind of holiday with food.  We've had sushi nights, Mexican fiesta nights, Paella nights, Czech nights, Italian nights, and we even made Irish food one time.  Sometimes these revolved around a holiday or theme (the Irish food was for St. Patrick's Day) but a lot of times we just feel like having a theme night.

Last week it was Germany Day.

First we went to Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, which I know does not sound like a place where a vegan should be going to shop.  However!  This is a German supermarket and besides their selection of bratwurst they also had shelves and shelves of food imported straight from Germany!  I love these kind of places!  Things I purchased for Germany Day:

Four bags of German candy
Three jars of German mustard
One jar of German Kosher dill pickles
One jar of German jam (in a mystery flavor since the label was only in German)
One package of German potato dumpling mix
One carton of red cabbage from the deli

Earlier in the day I had bought Tofuky bratwurst, a jar of sauerkraut red potatoes from Whole Foods.

Thus our feast was ready to be prepared.

W made the warm German potato salad, so I don't have the recipe for that.  It was AMAZING!  Good job husband!

We had a nice pretzel and mustard spread to snack on while we prepared the rest of the food.  Delicious.  We love mustard.

I followed this recipe from German Recipes Online to make the sauerkraut and it was so good it tasted just like how my grandmother makes it.  (She's Czech, but the countries are very similar in their foods.)

18 Ounces of sauerkraut
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ Tsp crushed black pepper
2.5 Cups water
1 Tsp corn flour

Sauté the onions, until light brown. Add pepper, sauerkraut and 2 cups of water. Reduce the flame and stir frequently for 45-60 minutes. Make a corn flour paste and add to the dish. Allow it to simmer for couple of minutes. However, remember never to boil the sauerkraut dish.

I then followed the instructions on the box for the potato dumplings which were incredibly easy to make.

We grilled the bratwurst, opened the jar of pickles, warmed up the red cabbage, added it all to the sauerkraut, potato salad, and dumplings and Köstliche Speisen!  (I think that means something like bon appetit.)

Of course we may be biased because we slaved over this feast ourselves, but we seriously felt like we could have been in the middle of Germany with this meal!  Everything tasted so good and authentic, we loved it!

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