The classic Gratin Dauphinois is a very popular side dish in French cooking. With some bacon and cheese it can be transformed into a simple yet delicious main dish.
Italy is famous for its cured meats, be it ham, salami or others. One lesser known cured sausage is a regional speciality from Calabria: 'Nduja. The name derives from the French Andouille, but this is a completely different beast. This sausage is made from very fat pork and is spiced with 30% hot Calabrian peppers. You can spread in on bread or use it in the kitchen.
Guanciale is a cured pork speciaity that so far is hardly known outside Italy, but this is beginning to change. It is made from pork jowl and roughly resembles bacon or pancetta. It is the key ingredient of the traditional pasta preparations alla carbonara and all'amatriciana. But just like bacon, guanciale is much more versatile than to be used only for pasta.
One of the classic beer garden food staples is Obatzda, a cheese spread traditionally made with camembert and butter and seasoned with onions and paprika powder. It was invented as a way to use leftover cheese that would not be enjoyable on its own anymore. Nowadays many recipes try to cut down on calories by replacing some of the butter with sour cream or creamcheese, but here I am not going to make any compromises.
Trumpet mushrooms go very well together with pork, as I have learned when I made a pork liver paté with them. So I deciced to use the remaining dried trumpet mushrooms in my pantry for a cooked pork dish.
Tarts and quiches are a bit like pizza, they allow you to use a wide range of ingredients to create interesting variations. This is a fairly basic tart that combines the distinctive flavours of bacon and blue cheese.
Now what to do with the mortadella I made a few days ago? Normally it is used sliced as a cold cut or part of an antipasti platter, it is also wondeful cubed along with an apertif. But mortadella can also be fried which makes it a great hot snack.
Anyone who knows me will agree that I am an outspoken carnivore. And also in this blog meat plays a major part. But there is one vegetarian dish that I would not want to swap for anything in this world and that for me puts many meat dishes to shame: Käsespätzle
For a change, here is an almost vegetarian dish, but it is easy to make it completely vegetarian.