Citizens – trust me on this one, I know whereof I speak!
The Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world – only 62 square miles – yet this tiny postage-stamp of a country has managed to produce one of the world’s tastiest dishes!
Liechtensteiner cuisine is the cuisine of Liechtenstein. The cuisine is diverse and has been influenced by the cuisine of nearby countries, particularly Switzerland and Austria, and is also influenced by Central European cuisine.
Cheeses and soups are integral parts of Liechtensteiner cuisine. Milk products are also commonplace in the country’s cuisine, due to an expansive dairy industry. Common vegetables include greens, potatoes and cabbage.
Widely consumed meats include beef, chicken and pork. The consumption of three meals a day is commonplace, and meals are often formal.
Liechtensteiner Käsknöpfle is basically mac and cheese that has evolved to a higher plane of existence.
The “mac” are actually spaetzle – which offers a more toothsome bite than pasta – while the cheese is actually a mix of 3 different varieties, each selected for superior flavor and/or meltability. Lastly, add in some caramelized onion for additional goodness and optional apple sauce to heighten the sweetness of each bite.
I wax rhapsodic about this dish – and rightfully so. It is not known outside of Liechtenstein, a true tragedy that I intend to dictatorially fix with this post. 🙂
I personally found the following recipe from the exceptional food blog of Global Table Adventure to be the most canonical – the site they’ve put together is one of my favorites, expect to see other recipes from there cropping up in the future.
I especially approve of their selection of cheeses – they are truly the right choices for this dish!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do – it deserves your attention and your respect.
Battle on – The GeneralissimoPrint
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