⎨YOKontour⎬ Two bacon dumplings in Merano
- 06. Oct 2015
Ms Aitch and Mr El spent one part of their holiday trip in Merano. Sissi (Empress Elizabeth of Austria) also spent time there long ago and you can see her traces everywhere. The city is full of tourists and you can barely sidestep them in the beautiful historic centre. It is ideal for people who love shopping. Ms Aitch and Mr El were there in search for a good meal and found "Gasthof Restaurant Rainer". For foodies a visit of "Pur Südtirol" is a must. They sell regional products, eg. bread, speck, wine, grappa, etc. and the best is: you can taste everything. You should definitely order a mixed variation of speck and cheese with bread and a glas of wine. Then you can sit down in front of the shop, relax a little and watch people going by.
For the garden fans you have to visit Trautmansdorff Castle and the beautiful botanical garden. All you have to do is follow the Sissi Path from Merano's City Center to the garden and in half an hour you are there. There are so many different areas with all kinds of flowers, bushes and trees and you can explore the garden on a loop trail around the castle in which you can find South Tyrol's museum of tourism. Ms Aitch and Mr El can't get enough of the old olive trees, the smell of the roses, the rice field and the autumn flowers like dahlias, sunflowers and asters.
For sure Ms Aitch and Mr El ate lots of tasty things in Merano. They forgot to take pictures because it was so delicious. There were Schlutzkrapfen (pastry filled with spinach and ricotta), chestnut noodles, venison fillet, minestrone, lots of cheese and speck. Of course they ate different dumplings: with spinach, cheese, mushrooms, bread dumplings and plum dumplings. You can eat dumplings in any variation, so here is the recipe for dumplings with South Tyrolean bacon inside. Serve with roasted mushrooms in cream sauce, with buttered breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese or as side dish to meat. It's the perfect meal to reminisce and watch some pictures:
Oh beautiful Merano, where pomegranates, figs, grapes, olives and apples are growing surrounded by mountains. There is still much more to discover - see you soon!
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For 6-8 dumplings:
4 stale bread rolls
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2-3 tbsp chopped chive
salt and pepper
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
Coarsely chop the bread rolls and let them soak in milk for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile finely chop the bacon and the shallot and roast with butter in a pan.
Squeeze out the bread rolls and mix with bacon, shallot, chive and eggs in a bowl. Add the flour and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and ground nutmeg and let it soak for about half an hour.
Bring a pot with water to boil, add salt and let simmer on low heat. Form 6-8 dumplings, put into the water and wait until the dumplings swim on the surface. Remove them and drain well.