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German Style Creamy Potato Salad

We recently visited a new eatery in Melbourne called Hophaus Bier Bar Grill and rediscovered our love of German food.

We decided there and then to create  the perfect potato salad and this is it!  Quick and easy and utterly delicious, served warm it goes well with just about everything.

You can add additional ingredients like chopped egg if desired or omit the bacon and add in some crunchy celery and it becomes a lovely vegetarian salad…

German Potato Salad

We enjoyed it with grilled German bratwurst sausages and sauerkraut with hot mustard.

German Sausages

 

Ingredients:

8 baby potatoes

½ tub light sour cream

3 rashers bacon finely sliced

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

2 spring onions finely sliced

2 tablespoons cornichons sliced (small pickled gherkins readily available in supermarkets)

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Method:

Cut each baby potato into 3 slices (or 4 if they are a bit bigger)

Place in a microwave proof bowl with ½ cup of water, cover and microwave for about 8-10 mins or until tender

In a non-stick pan, sauté the bacon until crispy and set aside

Meanwhile in a large bowl combine the other ingredients

Throw in the bacon and drained potatoes and toss thoroughly

Serve warm with some additional dill fronds as garnish

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Delicious Pierogi

Pierogi are a filled dumpling usually found in Poland or Russia and can now be readily brought frozen from any very good deli.  The brand I buy is called Pelmeni and they are filled with spinach and ricotta cheese.  They also come filled with beef or chicken which we are also eager to try.

The pasta only take minutes to prepare and you can have a lovely authentic plate of deliciousness in no time at all…

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This is our favourite way of serving them…  If you omit the bacon it becomes a vegetarian meal – just add additional onions or mushrooms…  They can also be served without the sour cream – we were scoffing them straight out of the pan before we served them up!

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Ingredients:

Frozen Pelmeni Traditional Russian Pasta

1 finely chopped onion

4 rashers bacon, finely sliced into batons

3 tablespoons of sour cream

1 teaspoon of paprika (or to taste)

1 tablespoon finely chopped dill plus some extra for garnish

Salt & pepper to taste

Olive oil for frying

Method:

Boil the dumplings according to the packet – around 4-5 minutes

In the meantime fry the bacon and onion together in a little olive oil until crisp

Heat a large frying pan with a little olive oil and when very hot tip in the drained dumplings

Fry over a high heat until a little browned and tip in the onions & bacon tossing them through

Mix the sour cream, paprika, dill , salt & pepper together in a bowl

Serve the pasta/onions & bacon  with the sour cream mix spooned over the top

Garnish with fresh dill

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Good old Cabbage and Bacon

The poor much maligned cabbage is actually a wonderful vegetable and very versatile.  Our favourite way of cooking it is gently fried/steamed with bacon and served as a side dish with meat or potatoes.

I use Savoy cabbage or plain old green cabbage and always include some of the darker leaves finely shredded as well.  This adds a nice colour to the dish and the vinegar adds a lovely tang.  I used dill in this last lot I made but carraway seeds are also a nice addition.  This dish has a lovely texture and my tip is when you think the cabbage is cooked, there will be a lot of fluid in the bottom of the pot.  This makes for watery cabbage when you serve it up.  If you turn up the heat and let the fluid evaporate it makes for a lovely rich flavour.

If I find I have made too much it freezes well or, with the addition of a carton of beef stock, some chopped potato and sliced continental frankfurters, it can be turned into a wonderful soup.  We are also thinking of adding some minced pork next time to the leftovers and using it as a filling for spring rolls!  The possibilities are endless…

Cabbage and Bacon

Ingredients:

300g streaky bacon, sliced into batons

½ green cabbage, shredded

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 bunch dill, finely chopped

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Salt & pepper to taste

Chopped parsley for decoration

Method:

Melt butter and oil together in a heavy bottomed pot

When sizzling add the garlic and bacon and fry for a few minutes until the bacon

renders some fat but being careful not to let it stick to the pan

Throw in the shredded cabbage and continue stirring until it starts to wilt

Add the vinegar and nutmeg.

Season with some salt & pepper – this will be done again when it’s cooked

Cover and simmer for around 30 minutes until the cabbage is just about cooked

Take lid off and turn up the heat a little and simmer for a further 15 minutes until

the moisture in the pot evaporates

Have a taste and season again if necessary

Serve in a bowl topped with chopped parsley

Bon Appetit! 🙂

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