I make no secret of the fact that I love meat braised or stewed in beer. And my favourite beer style to do this is doppelbock because of its sweetness and richness in flavour.
In German cuisine veal brisket is almost only ever used for the classic "Stuffed Veal Brisket" dish that uses a bread based stuffing. But veal brisket is also a wonderful cut for braising and stewing as long as you don't mind some fat and connective tissue on your meat. In this dish the sauce is enriched with cream and a dash of brandy.
Most of the times when I cook a pork roast I go for the traditional Bavarian "Krustenbraten". This recipe has some similarties but it uses a liquid you would not normally associate with pork: dry vermouth. But it works.
Here I used doppelbock for a strictly Bavarian version of the famous Italian osso bucco. The side dishes are typically Bavarian too, pretzel dumplings and Speckkrautsalat, a kind of coleslaw with bacon.
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.
Some people say it's dog food, others love it. Tripe is a typical poor man's food of the past, but in Germany is has become almost forgotten, except in Swabia. My mother was born near Stuttgart, and in her youth she learnt to prepare all the traditional Swabian dishes. This is how she cooks tripe.
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.
A few years ago I bought a jar of Filippiono fermented shrimp paste called Bagoong alamang in an Asian grocery, simply out of curiosity. When I looked up what to do with it I was delighted to learn that one of its main uses is actually to make a sauce for pork.
Apart from using it as a sauce for vegetables, sauce hollandaise is also great for gratinating. This recipe is fairly simple in principle but because of the hollandaise it takes some time to make. Don't even think about using fake supermarket hollandaise made with oil for this. If you don't have the time, better use cheese for gratinating.
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.
Cholent is a meat stew usually eaten on shabbat. It is prepared on Friday and simmered overnight so it can be eaten without breaking the "no cooking" (bishul) shabbat rule.