Food & Recipes from the Alps
Travelling to the Alps, you will enjoy the lovely mountainscape, nice people and of course the lovely food. In this section of our MiaDeRoca-Magazine we will present you typical local recipies. Recipes for things to drink and things to eat, a wide variety of dishes with meat, with vegetabels and the so called "Mehlspeisen". "Mehlspeisen" are dishes with flour, sweet meals like the "Kaiserschmarrn", "Palatschinken" or "Topfenknödel".
You won't be able to get all the traditional ingredients everywhere, but in cases the products are rare, we will mention some alternatives. And if you still doubt, just drop us a line, we will try to help you to get some Alpine savour to your lunch or dinner.
Quick Dill Quark Spread
Fresh spread with dill
We love to eat bread topped with spread. Half of the family likes the meaty versions of spreads like liverwurst and Verhackertes (minced speck), the other half is more into fresh, herbed spreads, cheese or vegetable spreads – but sometimes we are lucky to find recipes everyone enjoys. We make our own spreads, sauces and dips every now and then.
A few weeks ago (yes, yes, new year, new plan) we decided to mix up a fresh spread every Monday, which can be eaten right away. If the gang does not eat it up completely, it can be stored in the fridge and be used for a sandwich to take to school or for a snack.
All the ingredients for our dill-spread
We usually have warm cooked meals for lunch and dinner, it is not common in our household to have a cold dinner – in Austria to have cold platter regularly for dinner is typical for many households. But we prefer the quick meal for lunch, like a hot soup and sandwiches, or a quick Tortilla de Patatas with spreads or veggie sauces or some salad with slices of bread topped with spreads – the typical bread that holds the yummy topping would be brown bread, sometimes pumpernickel or toast or the typical Austrian bun: Semmel or Semmerl.
When you visit Austria or the Southern parts of Germany like Bavaria and the Black Forest you can get spreads accompanying a snack, the typical "Brotzeit". Brotzeit literally means "bread time" and is in certain way similar to the British tea time, but consisting of bread and bacon, cheese, spreads and pickles to top the bread.
Hint from the chef: use white pepper instead of black pepper
Especially when you are hiking and mountaineering you will be able to get Brotzeit on the mountain inns and Alpine huts en-route: yummy self-made brown bread, local and even hand-made cheeses and spreads.
Recipe Dill-Spread for Sandwiches
250g quark - of no quark is available go for curd cheese or mix 125g cream cheese with 125g yogurt
2-5 stems of dill (depending on the taste of your family)
1-2 garlic cloves
1 chili pepper - only for those who like it hot
salt and pepper
Im Handumdrehen ist der leckere Kräuter-Quark-Aufstrich fertig, mit ein paar Radieschen dekorieren - und genießen!
Wash the dill and cut it, press or cut garlic or, cut chilli pepper. You can either cook and cut the egg, I usually fry it quickly and cut it into dices. Add mustard and quark, mix it and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
This spread is whipped up in no time, you can use it to accompany baked potatoes or as a dip for vegetables or sauce for bbq, for picnicks we like to fill slices of tramezzini bread with different spreads.
Have a try on our other bread spreads from our recipe collection:
Kartoffelkas - Potato Cheese
Wild Garlic Spread
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