The most memorable meal during our recent trip to Bavaria was an impromptu lunch eaten on the top of the Zugspitze. We had taken shelter from the snow squall in a glass walled cafe and ordered off of a poorly translated menu. Much to my delight this is what the waitress brought to our table:
|My inspiration eaten at the top of the Zugspitze|
The potato pancake was light and crispy and smothered in melted Gruyere cheese. The sauteed pears that accompanied the pancake had been infused with fresh rosemary. I immediately began to think about how I could recreated this dish at home. Although it isn’t exactly the same, my resulting dish was just as tasty. To appease my meat loving family I served this with some leftover spiral cut ham that I fried in a bit of olive oil. I also reheated the previous night’s Swiss cheese fondue and served a dollop of the melted cheese on top of the pancakes. Served with a sparkling white wine, the resulting meal was a perfect light dinner.
For the pears:
4 large ripe (but not too soft) pears
3 large sprigs fresh rosemary
3 or more tablespoons apple or pear juice, or water
Pinch of salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1) Peel, core, and slice the pears.
2) Place in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan
with two tablespoons of juice or water. Add
the rosemary and salt.
3) Cover the pot and cook over medium heat
until the pears are fork tender –or cooked to
your likeness. Watch the pot carefully, adding more liquid as necessary to
keep the fruit moist.
4) When done, remove the rosemary sprigs from the pan. Sprinkle with the nutmeg.
For the latkes:
1 lb potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1) Using the largest holes of a box grater, shred the potatoes
into a large bowl.
2) Add the salt and pepper, toss to combine, and let the
potatoes sit for 5 minutes.
3) Using your hands, squeeze all of the liquid from the
4) Heat the oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet.
5) Once the oil is shimmering, drip the potato mixture by large
handfuls into the oil. Quickly spread the potato mixture to
form a flat pancake.
6) Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes are crisp and
brown. Adjust the heat to make sure the potatoes don’t cook too quickly. Using a spatula,
flip the pancakes over and continue to cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.
|Side two is cooking|
7) Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack in a 250 degree oven until all of the pancakes have