Maultaschen are a local specialty from the South of Germany, from Swabia, and are filled pockets with meat and/or vegetable. The classic filling is a mix of spinach and ground beef. Some recipes are using bratwurst filling, and some are without meat. There are different ways how to serve them. They taste delicious in a beef broth or fried in the pan with roasted onions or bread crumbs. Home made Maultaschen requires some cooking skills and time. You would need a ravioli cutter and a wide enough wooden board – In Germany you use special baking boards that can be easily adjusted at the table’s edge so they won’t move around.
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350 g flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
150 g fresh or 100g frozen spinach
1 1/2 German bun (some days old, not fresh)
2 tbsp parsley(chopped)
2 eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg
1.5 l beef broth or water
fresh ground nutmeg and pepper
- Beat eggs, 3 tbsp water, vinegar with a whisk and add bit by bit the flour; knead it then until you get a firm, smooth dough
- Cover dough or wrap it it in foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Fresh spinach: Wash thoroughly, remove hard parts like stems and roots. Defrost frozen spinach.
- For the filling soak bun in milk and squeeze all milk out. Bun should not have any liquid in it.
- Peel onions and chop it finely.
- Melt butter in a skillet; add onions, chopped parsley, spinach and bun; saute for some minutes
- Add ground beef, spice with salt, pepper and nutmeg, mix well, then take off and let cool off a bit.
- Now roll the dough (on a wooden board with some flour) and with a special roller make 15cmx15cm (6inches x6inches) squares. Dough should not be thicker than 3mm (1/4 inch).
- Brush water or egg white on the edges.
- Place 1-2 tbsp of the filling on each square.
- Fold the squares to a triangle and press the edges firmly together. Now cook them either in water or broth.
- Bring water with some salt (or the broth) to a boil and place pockets inside, they are done when they float on the surface.
- Take them out with a slotted spoon.
- Sprinkle Maultaschen with roasted breadcrumbs and serve them with lettuce.