Maultaschen aka Herrgottsbescheißerle: ‘God’s little bullshitters’ served piping hot by Gabrielle Borrmann
Gabrielle is from the Swabian Tribe, Germany. She lives in a small village called Sonnenbühl – Genkingen, which is part of the Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve, in the Federal State Baden-Würrtemberg. There are 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves in Germany. According to German law, large-scale cultural landscapes with a rich natural diversity can be declared “biosphere reserves”. They are model regions of great beauty and with a high quality of life that show how business, settlement and tourism can develop further in a forward-looking way in harmony with nature and the environment.
Between work and cooking, Gabrielle spends time grooming and riding her horse named Naomi, a Noriker.
In Swabia, Maultaschen are the traditional dish associated with the Lenten commemoration of Maudy Thursday and Good Friday- During Lent, Catholics and other Christians are encouraged to refrain from eating meat. However Maultaschen are humorously associated with these days because the meat in the dish is concealed under the pasta dough and cannot be seen God. Among the anecdotal stories regarding the origin of the dish, one claims that Maultaschen were created by the Cistercian monks of Maulbron Abbey for that purpose. Indeed, a Swabian German nickname for the dish, Herrgottsbescheißerle, means “God’s little bullshitters”. LINK
Dough: 500 g flour, 4 eggs, water (amount depends on size of eggs). Sift the flour into a bowl and make a large indention in the center. Break the eggs into the center and slowly mix the eggs into the flour with a fork, beginning in the middle and moving outwards. Add water as needed (about one-half egg shell of water per egg) until a solid dough has formed. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it on a well-floured surface until it is firm and smooth. Form into a ball, cover with a cloth, and let rest for 30 minutes.
Filling: 500 g spinach, washed (coarse stems removed), 2 onions, finely chopped butter, 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped, 4 day-old white sandwich rolls, softened in water, 250 g ground meat, pork and/or beef, 250 g finely chopped ham or schinkenwurst, when available 2 eggs, beaten salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste, 1-2 Tbl. unseasoned dry breadcrumbs.
01. To make the filling, begin by blanching the spinach. To do this, you’ll place the spinach in boiling salted water for about 30-60 seconds and then stop the cooking process by placing the spinach in an ice bath. Take the spinach, which should still have a vibrant green color, and squeeze the remaining water out of it before chopping it roughly.
02. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large frying pan and sauté the chopped onion until soft. Take the day-old rolls from the water in which they’ve been soaking and squeeze out the remaining water. Add these together with the chopped parsley to the onions and mix until blended.
03. Sauté the ground meat in a separate pan with a bit of butter until the meat is fully cooked. In a large bowl, combine the cooked meat with the chopped ham or schinkenwurst, onion-bread mixture and the eggs. Knead the mixture until well combined and add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. If necessary, add breadcrumbs to absorb excess moisture.
04. Divide the dough into 6 parts and roll each as thin as possible. Place about a tablespoon of filling in the dough at regular intervals, leaving some space between each spoonful to create little pockets. Lay a second thin layer of dough on top of the first, and pressing and sealing the edges between each bit of filling. Cut the dough to form little pockets.
05. These can now be cooked in simmering water for approx. 10 – 15 minutes, according to their size, taking care not to overcook them or they may not hold together in the final preparations. They may now be added to a broth soup or sautéed in butter with some chopped onion.
Note: Photograph by Laura Schlegel. Maultaschen prepared by Gabrielle Borrmann.
Gabrielle Borrmann : School – Kepler elementary school in Schorndorf, Gottlieb Daimler Junior high school in Schorndorf, Economy high school in Waiblingen. Study 1988-1987 – Study of Geography at the University of Stuttgart minor field of study geology, botanic, rural settlement planning, Sociology Graduated (Diplom Geographie). 1998 Study trip to South America. In 2000 – Training in the area of multimedia. Professional experience 1994-1997 – Collaboration in Germany´s largest public participation procedure at the Academy for Technology Assessment Baden-Württemberg. From 2000-2004 Author for communication media (Lernsoftware). And 2004 – 2015 Marketing and sales distribution sector electronic and Internet.
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