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The >OTHER< Kraut

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Bayerisches Kraut  (Bavarian Cabbage) is the lesser known cousin of  Sauerkraut. Also made of shredded white cabbage, it is prepared from fresh, (not fermented) cabbage and its main characteristic is the inclusion of caramelized sugar and caraway seeds, which gives the dish its distinctive flavor and color. In my opinion, the only reason  Bayerisches Kraut  is not as popular as Sauerkraut stems from the fact that you can’t buy cabbage ready-sliced and therefore the extra work to do that prevents most home cooks to prepare this great dish. But let me assure you, the few minutes it takes to slice the cabbage are well worth the trouble and you will be rewarded with an extraordinary, flavorful dish which pair’s great with pork and game dishes.
Today I served my  Bayerisches Kraut  with  Eisbein, another one of my  “can’t live without it  ”  favorites 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Click here for another version of Bayerisches Kraut
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Click here for Krautsalat (German Cabbage Slaw)
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Click here for German/Vietnamese Cabbage Rolls
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Click here for Sauerkraut on ChefsOpinion
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P.S.
As one reader has pointed out (thank you Sherry), you CAN get shredded cabbage at the supermarket. However, it is usually shredded very fine and therefore NOT suitable for Bayerisches Kraut.
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Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

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Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

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Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

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Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

Eisbein Mit Bayerischem Kraut, Senf & Meerrettich

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Preparation :
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Shrimp Sliders

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After having a monstrous burger with all the trimmings at Fuddrucker for lunch, dinner was a bit more quaint.
The attraction of these sliders is the flavorful butter in which the shrimps are sauteed. Lots of garlic paste, horseradish and sriracha make these sliders exceptional and extraordinary.
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Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !
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Shrimp Sliders

Shrimp Sliders

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top sliders with sauteed sheimp

top sliders with sauteed shrimp

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Preparation :
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EASY DOES IT # 24 – Potato Salad

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This  potato salad is a far cry from the one I usually make at home, which is “Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat” (Swabian Potato Salad), which does not contain Mayo or any other “stuff” besides potatoes, onion, stock, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and sometimes herbs and/or bacon.
This one is a VERY different baby, but just as delicious 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Link to more Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat
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Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad

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Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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Week Two – Tuesday Dinner

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Grilled  Roman  Romaine Feast
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Who  on earth would object to lighter, healthier food if it comes prepared and presented like this mouth-watering  salad ? ! 🙂
The grilled romaine salad is a marvel of taste and texture, just make sure you don’t overcook it on the grill. The outside should have nice grill mark’s, while the heart should still be crispy, Use a strong dressing, so it will not be overpowered by the charred taste of the salad’s outer leaves. As for the other veggies, use whatever you have available and you think will be enhanced by grilling. If smoked salmon is not your thing, use any other protein, grilled, smoked or sautéed.
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Grilled Romaine Feast

Grilled Romaine Feast

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Grilled Romaine Feast

Grilled Romaine Feast

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“The German Dip”

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This  is the second  dish I prepared with the leftovers from the roast pork ham I prepared on the 25th. It turned out to become a masterstroke of a sandwich, and since I have not heard of a national German sandwich, I hereby declare this sandwich the “Official German Sandwich”, also known as “The German Dip”.
(Without the dipping jus, it shall simply be known as “The German”).
You are welcome Germany, glad to help 🙂
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"The German Dip"

“The German Dip”

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"The German Dip"

“The German Dip”

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Link : Löwensenf
Link : Allgäuer Bergkäse
Link : Rotkohlsalat
Link : Schweinebraten

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Roast Fresh Ham With Caraway Jus (Gebratene Schweinekeule Mit Kümmelsoße)

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Like  last year, this year again I celebrated Christmas eve with my dear friends Dieter and Chacha, who were gracious enough to invite me to their family celebration. As usual, the food was out of this world. This years star of the dinner was a wonderful, tasty and succulent  standing rib roast  with all the trimmings and for dessert we all enjoyed Dieters traditional, perfect  soufflé.
After everybody ate, there was one leftover soufflé, which I bravely volunteered to put out of it’s lonely misery.
(All this great food plus two soufflé’s  on one evening – no wonder my belly looks so muscular). 😦
Earlier, just before I left my home to go to dinner, my  friend Curtis showed up with Christmas gifts. Among the goodies was a fresh ham of generous size, about enough to feed 7 people with a healthy appetite. In other words, enough for Bella and I to pig-out for two days 🙂 So, before I took off to Chacha’s and Dieter’s dinner, I scored the skin of the ham, salted it very generously with kosher salt and put it in the fridge to be cooked the next day. (This helps to draw the moisture from the skin and gives you a superior crackling). The next day, Thursday, I cooked the ham by starting it off at 420F for 20 minutes, then turning down the temperature to 325F for 4 hours and finishing the last twenty minutes at 420F again to crisp up the cracklings.
On this occasion I have forgone more traditional sidings such as vegetables, beans, rice, pasta or potatoes in favor of a simple guacamole, seeded rye bread, the pork jus, the onions which cooked together with the ham, grey poupon mustard and horseradish.
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Bon Appetit !   Life Is Good !
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Click here for  Guacamole Recipe
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P.S.
I will post a follow-up on the dishes I prepared with the leftovers.
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P.P.S.
I believe it is time to live a bit more “light” for at least the next few months, so starting January, I will change my food  (and therefore my post’s) to a bit of a lighter fare 5 days a week, while the weekend will feature the same type of food as usual, just smaller portions – and, sad to say, a drastic cutback on sweets.
Look for   ” Hans’ Lighter Comfort Food “  in upcoming post’s. See you there 🙂

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Roast Fresh Ham

Roast Fresh Ham

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Roast Fresh Ham

Roast Fresh Ham

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Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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Here  you see  the  lunch I enjoyed today, which must be one of the most satisfying sandwiches I have ever prepared  (Or maybe I was just very hungry).
In any case, I had these ingredients at home and just put together what I found in the fridge and in the larder.
However, in the future I will go out and buy these ingredients on purpose in order to recreate this lovely beast 🙂

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Hans' Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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Hans' Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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toast two halves of a ciabatta roll, cover the inside of one half with mustard

toast two halves of a ciabatta roll, cover the inside of one half with mustard

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cover the other half with grated horseradish

cover the other half with grated horseradish

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top with fine quality, cooked sauerkraut

top with fine quality, cooked sauerkraut

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top with finely sliced pastrami

top with finely sliced pastrami

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drizzle with french cocktail sauce (mayo, ketchup, cognac, horseradish)

drizzle with french cocktail sauce (mayo, ketchup, cognac, horseradish)

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top with the other half of the ciabatta, slice in half

top with the other half of the ciabatta, slice in half

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Hans' Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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Hans' Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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Hans' Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

Hans’ Pastrami & Sauerkraut On Chiabata

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Rigatoni rigate,  smoked salmon and a creamy velouté – nearly impossible not to like this combination ! 🙂
After we have learned how to make a velouté in my last post, (click here for recipe), and hopefully have a few small containers in the freezer to use at short notice (just defrost in the microwave), wonderful dishes like this one take only a few minutes from start to finish.
The reward for this relatively small effort is a dish which oozes flavor, presentation, elegance and class 🙂 All in a mere few minutes of preparation and cooking time.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In HorseradishMustard Cream

Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Heat velouté (preferably fish velouté, but seafood velouté, chicken velouté or veal veloutéwill be just fine), add cooking liquid from pasta if too thick

Heat velouté (preferably fish velouté, but seafood velouté, chicken velouté or veal velouté will be just fine), add cooking liquid from pasta if too thick

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add diced smoked salmon and grated horseraddish

add diced smoked salmon and grated horseradish

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add dijon mustard

add dijon mustard

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simmer for one minute

simmer for one minute

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add freshly cooked, al dente pasta and sliced scallions

add freshly cooked, al dente pasta and sliced scallions

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mix well, careful not to mash-up the salmon, check seasoning

mix well, careful not to mash-up the salmon, check seasoning

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to serve, sprinkle with more diced salmon and sliced scallions

to serve, sprinkle with more diced salmon and sliced scallions

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In HorseradishMustard Cream

Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In HorseradishMustard Cream

Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

Pasta With Smoked Salmon In Horseradish/Mustard Cream

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Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



After being sick as a dog for the past few day’s, today I can at least walk again without fear of falling on my behind because my legs could not hold me up. So, as any sane person would do, the first thing to do was to prep a meal that would make me feel better. Shrimp and mayo might not seem very smart as a first solid meal in three day’s, but I am happy to report that three hours later I am still ok 🙂
(In case you wonder how I posted the last post about the fish in black bean sauce:
I usually have one or two post’s on stand-by for situations like this and all it needs is the push of a button, the rest takes care of itself)
Anyway, I hope my recovery is going to last for a good time to come and things will be back to normal, at least healthwise.
So here we go, today’s early, delicious lunch:

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



Preparation :

mise en place

mise en place

shrimp, green peas, golden grpe tomatoes, radish, scallion

shrimp, green peas, golden grape tomatoes, radish, scallion

mayonnaise, sriracha, ketchup, brandy, horseradish, dijon mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, lime juice

mayonnaise, sriracha, ketchup, brandy, horseradish, dijon mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, lime juice

slice italian garlic roll in half (toasting optional)

slice italian garlic roll in half (toasting optional)

top with romaine leaves in  lime vinaigrette

top with romaine leaves in lime vinaigrette

top with generaos amount of shrimp salad

top with generous amount of shrimp salad, garnish with fennel leaves

serve with lime wedges and arugula in french dressing

serve with lime wedges and arugula in french dressing

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



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Smoked Pork Shank



I cooked  this beauty yesterday for two hours, then let it cool in the stock overnight.
Served today for lunch with german potato salad, horseradish, dijon, pickled tomatoes and rustic Italian garlic bread.
Simple, but oh so good 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Click here for  German Potato Salad  recipe

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian Garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish



Preparation :

simmer pork shank in salted water with lots of chopped raw garlic, onion and plenty of hot sauce, after two hours, remove from heat and let cool in stock

simmer pork shank in salted water with lots of chopped raw garlic, onion and plenty of hot sauce, after two hours, remove from heat and let cool in stock

grill italian garlic bread

grill italian garlic bread

pickle tomatoes by pricking with toothpick all over, marinade overnight in balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper and kosher saltsalt

pickle tomatoes by pricking with toothpick all over, marinade overnight in balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper and kosher salt

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian Garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish

Smoked Pork Shank, German Potato Salad, Pickled Tomatoes, Grilled Italian Garlic Bread, Dijon Mustard, Fresh Horseradish

Smoked Pork Shank

Smoked Pork Shank



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