Thats right, the German to English translation for Maultaschen is "mouth (or feed) bags." Sounds kind of gross, but never judge a dish by its name! I was in Germany last summer, Tuebingen to be exact in the southwest kind of near Stuttgart for a friend's wedding. Well, we had a ton of free time and since I wasn't staying with a family this time I figured it would be a little more difficult to find where to go for authentic German cuisine, in Germany ha. It was only difficult because it had been years and years since I was in Tuebingen, and even still I don't remember being there 10 years ago!
Anyways, we had a free day to explore the city and all it has to offer. During our very very long walk, I was starting to scope out all of the restaurants and everything souned so good. It was difficult to pick just one place, but finally I did. We actually ended up at the same place that we had been previous days before having a beer. Across the street was one of my FAVORITE things to eat, Doener Kebap, but I really just wanted German food...even better, Swabian!
After looking at the menu and translating what I knew, I decided to go with something that I wasn't too sure about, and that happened to be Maultaschen! I know I had heard of it, but I couldn't remember what exactly it was. When the plate arrive I wanted to cry, it looked and smelled amazing. It was two large 'ravioli' and a pile of german potato salad. Inside the ravioli is a spiced meat mixture with a very light gravy over the top. This was one of the best meals I had in Germany.
I've come up with a recipe which I have made twice since last summer using won ton wrappers as the noodle. I mean, if you want to make the noodle yourself, by all means go for it, but I am lazy.
1 tb butter
6 strips medium-lean bacon, cut into cubes
3 md onions, diced
1/4 lb fresh sausage meat (sweet Italian sausage)
1 hard roll, without crust, and best when stale
1/2 lb frozen spinach
1/2 lb ground meat or smoked sausage
1 c Bauernbratwurst or leftover roast, stew meat, etc., diced (really, anything!)
3 tb to 4 tb chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tb milk
Melt the butter in a skillet and fry the bacon with the onions until translucent. Combine the bacon mixture with the sausage meat. Moisten the roll in water, press dry. Put every thing in a food processor, I mean, everything and lightly combine it. Then fold in the eggs, parsley, and seasonings; mix together.
Take a whiff, this recipe smells as delicious as it tastes!
So take your wonton wrapper, and put quite a bit of mixture in the middle, fold in half, into a rectangle. Next, fold all of the sides over slightly and press with a fork to ensure the filling doesn't fall out during cooking.
|and this is the home made version|
If you don't dare or care to try, then come over and I will feed it to you, and you will love it!