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    Help with German Dinner

    *axxo*
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:42 pm
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    I posted this request in menu help but often find I get the biggest response here, I am anxious to make this dinner a wonderful surprise, so HELP!


    My sister-in-law's birthday is at the end of October and I want to prepare an authentic German meal for her, perhaps to tie in with Octoberfest.

    My s-i-l and husband lived in Germany for 2 years, she taught at an International School, they go back to visit whenever they can and I would love to surprise her for her birthday with as authentic a meal as I can manage.

    Any and all help is appreciated...German birthday customs?
    decorations? cake?

    You Zaarians always come to my rescue!

    Maggie
    papergoddess
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:53 pm
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    I have a couple of recipes for leberklosse (liver dumpling soup) posted here. Great light appetizer soup; Liver Dumpling Soup I
    Liver Dumpling Soup II

    You could consider Sauerbraten by Dee514. This is an authentic recipe, the one I use is just like this.

    Or maybe Schnitzel. Here's a link to Schnitzel recipes; http://www.recipezaar.com/r/q=schnitzel.

    Here is my mom's recipe for German Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage. It would go nicely with either entree.

    Here's a link to German recipes in general; Hope this helps! icon_wink.gif

    http://www.recipezaar.com/r/119
    -Sylvie-
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 2:17 pm
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    I am German and must say that Sauerbraten is one of the best meals in the world, the gravy it makes is to die forIMHO. It's worth the long marinating time. My mum always makes it on Boxing day and we serve it with Rotkohl and Kartoffel Kloesse. There are never any leftovers.

    Got this from another website:

    Kartoffel Kloesse (Potato Dumplings)
    Submitted by: AngelZita
    "This is a great German recipe for potato dumplings. It makes a excellent side dish." Original recipe yield: 12 servings.


    INGREDIENTS:
    9 medium potatoes, peeled
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup bread crumbs
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1 cup butter
    2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
    1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    DIRECTIONS:
    Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. Drain water, and place potatoes into a large bowl. Mash potatoes, leaving them slightly lumpy (just like making mashed potatoes). Mix in the salt, eggs, flour, 2/3 cup of bread crumbs, and nutmeg. Roll into walnut sized balls. If the dough is too sticky, you may want to mix in more flour or bread crumbs.
    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Gently drop the dumplings into the water. When they come up to the surface, allow them to boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon, and keep warm.
    While you are waiting for the water to boil, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are tender, and the sauce has thickened some. Pour sauce over the dumplings before serving.


    Rotkoh

    Ingredients:
    1 kg red cabbage
    3 medium sized sour cooking apples
    60 gr lard
    1 bay leaf
    a few cloves
    salt, sugar
    1-2 tsp vinegar
    125 ml Water

    1. Take the outer leaves of the red cabbage, and cut into quarters. Cut out the hard core and slice the rest finely.

    2. Peel the apples and chop into small chunks. Heat the lard in a large skillet and add the apples and cabbage. Fry until starting to soften but not brown too much.

    3. Stick the cloves into a peeled onion, add together with bay leaf, salt, sugar, vinegar and water to the skillet.

    4. Simmer for approx 2 hours on low to medium heat.
    -Sylvie-
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 2:39 pm
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    I forgot we usually have Herrencreme for desert on special occasions. To make it you need vanilla pudding ( in Germany you can buy vanilla pudding powder that you add to boiling milk to make it, don't know if you can get this where you are, if not just use one of the recipes on here for basic vanilla pudding they look pretty much like they would taste the same more or less the same). While the pudding is still really hot but not quite boiling anymore and before it's starting to set, you add 1-2 tsp of brown rum (the strongest you can find, my mum always brings back a bottle of 80% Strohrum from Austria just for this pudding, but don't worry if you can't find any that strong). Leave pudding to cool. Whisk up about 250 gr of cream and fold into the pudding as well as approx 100-150 gr of dark chocolate shavings (not to fine). It's really rich and special.

    Hope you have a lovely time! I'm sure your guest will appreciate and enjoy all the effort!
    *axxo*
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 4:37 pm
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    WOW...thanks for all the great ideas and recipes, I have printed them all out for my daughters to look at as they will be helping with the celebration.

    The pudding with the chocolate shavings sounds amazing.....can't wait to try it.

    Maggie
    Molly53
    Tue Sep 14, 2004 4:42 pm
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    Maggie0507 wrote:
    I posted this request in menu help but often find I get the biggest response here, I am anxious to make this dinner a wonderful surprise, so HELP!


    My sister-in-law's birthday is at the end of October and I want to prepare an authentic German meal for her, perhaps to tie in with Octoberfest.

    My s-i-l and husband lived in Germany for 2 years, she taught at an International School, they go back to visit whenever they can and I would love to surprise her for her birthday with as authentic a meal as I can manage.

    Any and all help is appreciated...German birthday customs?
    decorations? cake?

    You Zaarians always come to my rescue!

    Maggie
    Jagerschnitzel with fried potatoes OR noodles and butter, Rote Kohl (red cabbage), and Donauwellen Kuchen with some Tchibo coffee for dessert (it's available at our local market, but if you can't find it ask the grocery manager to get you some). Don't forget that Germany has some TERRIFIC wines...get a great bottle!
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