Good Eats Wednesday
On my European Express trip earlier this spring, I traveled with my tour group through the Alsace region of France. We stopped briefly at a rest stop, and I was baffled by this region and it's eye popping dish that was on every form of tourist paraphernalia. I was hooked!
Post Cards from the Region.
A regional girl in a traditional Alsacienne outfit. Image found here.
I grabbed everything I could find including a regional cookbook, postcards, magnets, and a tea towel with the stunning display of food. Unfortunately, I was in such a rush, I grabbed the cookbook in Italian, well at least it's interesting to look at.
While there is no specific recipe for Choucroute. It is typically sauerkraut preparred in Riesling or other white wine, sometimes with an onion or apple, seasoned with peppercorns, cloves, garlic, bayleaves, and juniper berries. It is heated with the wine or stock, and often goose or pork fat. It includes generally three kinds of sausages: Frankfurt sausages, Strasbourg sausages, and Montbeliard sausages. In addition, there is a choucroute garnie consisting of ham hock, shoulders, pork knuckles, and back bacon. Potatos are often part of this dish as well.
If you are a meat and potatoes kind of girl, or guy, this could be your dish!
May I suggest, a side of Tums, Rolaids, or Pepto to go along?