Schnitzelfest 2012

One of the side effects of a month of virtuous eating, was the excessive mental energy given to thinking about verboten foods, mostly in the form of fried potatoes, stewed meats, warm bread and pastry.  By the end of January, we had planned a dinner party.  Schnitzelfest  is our mid-winter culinary tradition, usually centered around short ribs, spätzle and braised cabbage.  This year, we decided to go with saurbraten, which needed to be marinated for 5 days before the party.  Although it was delicious, I think shortribs are a better contrast to the braised cabbage.

Here is the menu:


Pretzels with Quark

Fun-sized Wienerschnitzel with Preserved Lemons

Latkes with Smoked Whitefish and Horseradish Sauce




Braised Red Cabbage


Apfelstrudel mit schlag

Thumbprint Cookies


The biggest success of the evening was the Strudel.  Made by gradually stretching pastry dough over a bed sheet draped over our kitchen table, my husband managed to pull it out to 3 feet square!  The result was magnificent.  One friend brought perfect thumbprint cookies and another brought small bottles of Underberg to finish off the evening.  It was a Bavarian bender like no other.

We’re back to reality now.  No more mini-schnitzels. sigh.

  1. #1 by Helen Topcik on February 13, 2012 - 1:06 am

    Everything looks mouthwatering and decadent. How can you stick with reality? How about a seven layer cake cleanse?

  2. #2 by johanna on February 13, 2012 - 8:47 am

    That Underberg reminds me so much of my Mom. Everytime she visits her mother in Berlin she smuggles back tons of it and carries the little bottle off to bed with her when she would kiss me and tuck in for the night. I always thought German food was kind of boring but this actually makes it look really good! Have you made German Pancakes? I grew up with the and make them now. The girls sprinkle powdered sugar and roll them up like cigars and if you are feeling REALLY crazy you blow on one end of the cigar and watch all the powdered sugar come out of the other end like smoke. Then your mom tells you to stop doing that but you keep laughing.

    • #3 by domaphile on February 13, 2012 - 5:45 pm

      I think you really need to come to the next Schnitzelfest and bring some pancakes! xo

  3. #4 by Scott on February 13, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Everything was amazing, you two really went all out. Thanks so much for inviting us!

    • #5 by domaphile on February 14, 2012 - 7:32 am

      Why you are the schnitzelfest crew! Already planning for next year…

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