Baden Wurttemberg

Beef Medallions, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

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Gnocchi,  in a slightly different shape as the Italian version, are very popular in Germany, especially in the south – namely, in  Baden-Württemberg and Bayern.
Our “Gnocchi” consist of the same basic ingredients, potatoes, flour and egg, but they are slightly different in shape -more elongated than the Italian version.
We prepare them savory or sweet. We use rye or wheat flour, add eggs or not, add potatoes or not, fry them or simmer them, saute them after simmering or not, and do basically whatever we want to do with them 🙂 (Unlike our Italian friends, who are pretty set on how to do their own gnocchi).
As for the name given to our versions, we are pretty flexible as well: Schupfnudel, Fingernudel, Baunzen, Dradewixpfeiferl, Erdepfebaunkerl, Schopperla, Bauchstecherla, and even “Bubenspitzle“, which literally translates into “little boys’ willies” – look at the pic and you’ll understand 🙂
Btw- If you wonder about the rather unrefined addition of a couple of slices of tomatoes- the texture and fresh taste of the tomatoes compliment the gnocchi, eggs and beef perfectly.
The entire recipe below serves 2 big eaters, or 4 with a smaller appetite…..
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
Jamaican Dumplings – Sinkers (round) or Spinners (bubenspitzle shape)  are another, even more distant version -made mostly of flour and water; they are fried (Jonny Cakes),  simmered, or first simmered and then fried. Add cornmeal, baking powder and sugar, then fry them and you have Festival.
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Gnocchi Recipe:
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Ingredients:

1 lb Russet potatoes,   cooked, peeled, mashed
A/P flour,   sifted – as needed
Eggs,  whole, whisked
Kosher salt, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste
1 0z Butter
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Method :
Add egg, seasoning and flour to potatoes, mix lightly until smooth.
Shape into gnocchi.
Make light indentations with a fork.
Cook a sample in simmering salted water. If too soft, add flour. If too dense, add egg.
Cook gnocchi in simmering water until gnocchi float. Remove with slotted spoon into strainer. Saute in melted butter.
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Beef Medaillons, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

Beef Medallions, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

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Beef Medaillons, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

Beef Medallions, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

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Beef Medaillons, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

Beef Medallions, Gnocchi And Truffled Eggs

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Preparation :
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Schwäbischer Sauerbraten Mit Mafaldine Und Schmelze – Braised Beef In Red Wine & Vinegar Sauce



I had  this beef marinated since last sunday, so today the day has finally come : Sauerbraten 🙂
I started cooking this at 10.30 an, so by 1 pm I was finally rewarded with this wonderful dish, which was as good as any beef dish can be.
When I was a child, you could get this in most restaurants in the area where I grew up (Baden Wurttemberg) and you could also find it in many homes as sunday lunch. It is an easy dish to prepare, but boy o boy have I been served some crap labeled “sauerbraten” in a couple of so called “German Restaurants” around the world.
However, today’s sauerbraten was just perfect. Super tender but not falling apart, tart but not sauer and although I usually serve this with Semmelknödel, the Mafaldine with Schmelze were a perfect substitute.

Bon Appetit !   Lasst’s Euch Schmecken !


Schwäbischer Sauerbraten

Schwäbischer Sauerbraten




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