Hummel und Erde
Heaven and earth. Apples from heaven, potatoes from earth. This side dish comes from the Rhine, traditionally the dividing line between Germany and France. Far from it. More cultures, peoples, and recipes have poured back and forth across this river than anywhere else on earth. Every Rhineland recipe is rich not only in taste, but in history as well.
- 1 pound peeled potatoes, quartered
- 12 ounces cored cooking apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 4 tablespoons creamy butter
- 2 cinnamon cloves
- A little nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 12 ounces blutwurst, which is black pudding – ask your local butcher
- 1 large white onion, ring-sliced
- Salt and pepper
1. Boil salted water in a large pan. Cook the potatoes until tender and drain.
2. In a small pan, place the apples, a dollop of butter, and the cloves. Cook on low for ten minutes.
3. Remove the cloves. Mix the apples in with the potatoes. Add the remaining butter, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
4. Mash the whole thing until it has the texture of mashed potatoes.
5. Place in a serving dish and keep warm in the oven.
6. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the black pudding for 5-6 minutes, until crisp. Remove the pudding and set next to the Hummel und Erde mixture in the oven.
7. Make sure the oil is still very hot, and fry the onion rings until crisp.
Scoop the warming ingredients onto small plates and top with the onion rings. The essence of this dish is brown, no garnish.
An Oregon Riesling is a perfect accompaniment, an angel flying through Hummel und Erde. Find at least twenty of them at http://oregonwines.com/winesearch.php?action=Search&browsetype=varietal&VarietalID=9&searchlabel=Riesling. Enjoy!
OregonWines.com suggests serving the following types of wine while enjoying Hummel und Erde. Click on a wine type to search our database for matching wines.
||A medium-bodied wine, usually moderately sweet in flavor and with pale straw hues, although it can also range from dry apéritifs to sweet dessert wines.|
||Light green in color and with soft flavors when young, an aged Riesling will have a darker, golden color, and in some cases, even a 'petrol' characteristic.