Schwaebische Maultaschen

Maultaschen
Schwaebische Maultaschen
Maultaschen are pockets of noodle dough similar to ravioli that are stuffed with various fillings such as spinach, meat or cheese. This recipe is from the Baden-Wuerttemberg region of Germany.
Course Appetizers, Entree
Cuisine Baden Wuerttemberg
Keyword Lent
Region Baden-Wuerttemberg

Ingredients

  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 9 ounces raw spinach
  • 10 ounces ground beef cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 chopped onion
  • salt and pepper
  • nutmeg
  • 1 egg white
  • 5 onions
  • 1-1/2 ounces butter

Instructions

  • Mix the flour, salt, 5 eggs and a little water (teaspoon by teaspoon) into a dough. Knead well until smooth using the dough attachment of an electric mixer. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to stand in a cool place for one hour.
  • Roll the dough on a floured surface to the thickness of a knife blade and allow to dry.
  • Blanch the spinach, chop finely and mix together with the ground beef, egg, parsley,bread crumbs and chopped onion. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Cut the dough into 4 x 4 inch squares. Brush the edges with beaten egg whites. Divide the meat and spinach mixture between the dough squares and fold them into triangles, pressing the edges together to seal them.
  • Place the Maultaschen into simmering water and boil until they float to the surface. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain.
  • Cut the 5 onions into rings and fry in butter until golden brown. Place the Maultaschen on warmed plates and sprinkle the onions on top.

Notes

Legend has it that about 200 years ago, monks at a monastery in Maulbronn in the German state of Baden-Württemberg conceived a specialty known as Maultaschen, something like the Italian ravioli. They mixed meat with herbs and spinach and hid it inside a little dough pocket (Tasche). The clever, meat-loving monks thus avoided the strict Lent observance. This tale may account for the Swabian nickname Herrgottsbescheißerle which, roughly translated, means “Little Cheaters on God”.
Wherever the name comes from, Maultaschen are a favorite Swabian culinary treat According to European Union law, the word Maultaschen is protected under a Protected Destination of Origin or PDO indication. This means that Schwäbische Maultaschen can only be labeled as such if they genuinely originate in Swabia, Baden-Württemberg or the Swabian speaking area of Bavaria. Like Italian ravioli, Maultaschen can be made with all sorts of fillings, both savory and sweet.