Earlier this year I made cholent, a traditional Jewish dish that is braised overnight to avoid kitchen work on shabbat. Now low-temperature braised beef is a wonderful thing, and so I decided to take this concept and use it for a more generic approach that does require some work the next day.
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.
I was born in the Kurpfalz region of Germany which roughly is located between Frankurt and Karlsruhe along the Rhine river. A traditional late summer treat of this region is onion pie served with Federweißer. It is grape harvest season, and vintners sell partly fermented wine which is unfiltered and still sparkling.
The very first recipe on this blog was for Leberkäse. Shortly afterwards I made Weisswurst. Here is something that in a way is a cross between the two. Kalbskäse is very much like Leberkäse, but it is made with veal and pork just like Weisswurst and it does not use nitrite, so it is not pink.
Doppelbock is a very good beer for cooking because its sweetness stronlgy offsets the bitterness of the hops. In braising doppelbock can replace red wine in numerous cases without problem like with oxtail.
In Germany there are quite a few different sausages from various regions that are called Knackwurst, most of which are either related to frankfurters or to mettwurst. But there is one type that is unique. Brunswick has always been famous for its sausages, and this particular Knackwurst is a local specialilty.
Ox or beef cheeks are quite a tough cut, they are the heavily used muscles the cows use for chewing. Their high content of connective tissue makes them a prime candidate for slow braising. Clasically, ox cheeks are braised in red wine or port, this recipe uses sweet red vermouth instead.