Classic Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz is a classic Austrian dish and is considered the national dish of Austria. It is boiled beef in broth served with horseradish.

To make Tafelspitz you will need 1 round of beef, 750 g beef bones, 3 carrots, 3 turnips/parsnips, 1 small celeriac, 1 onion, 2 bay leaves, 10 peppercorns, 2 juniper berries, salt, and chopped chives for decoration.

To prepare fill a pot with about a gallon of cold water. Wash the bones and boil them in the water. Place the meat, bay leaves, peppercorns, and juniper berries in the water and simmer for about 2 ½ hours.

Split the onion and fry in a pan until dark brown and cut the vegetable into cubes and add the onion to the meat.

Continue to cook until the meat is tender. Remove the meat and strain the soup and the put in the meat again. Slice the meat and arrange on a warm plate. Pour in soup and add salt to taste. Sprinkle with chives.


Garbanzo Bean and Tripe soup

Buseca or Garbanzo Bean and Tripe soup is one of those special tastes of Milan visitors can enjoy. There are several varieties from parts of Europe and Spanish South America.

To make the soup you will need 1 pound honeycomb tripe, 1 cup white vinegar, 7 bay leaves, 1 tablespoon red-pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 onions, diced, 4 plum tomatoes, diced, 6 cloves garlic, minced, 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves, 1 gallon beef stock, 1/2 cup dried garbanzo beans,1 c up dried white navy beans, 2 turnips, diced, 4 carrots, sliced, 1/2 head white cabbage, shredded, 1 cup long-grain rice, 12 ounces chorizo sausage, thinly sliced, 12 ounces morcilla sausage, thinly sliced, 1 cup grated queso blanco, 5 sprigs basil.

Rinse the tripe under cold running water and fill a large bowl with ice water and add vinegar. Place the tripe in the bowl and soak for 30 minutes. Remove from the water and cut into small cubes.

In a large pot combine the tripe, bay leaves, pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, 1 gallon water and the remaining vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook at a full boil for 1 hour. Drain the tripe and rinse. In another pot over a high flame, combine the oil, onions, tomatoes, garlic, parsley and remaining bay leaves and cook for 5 minutes. Add the stock, reserved tripe, garbanzo beans, white navy beans and turnips, and boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add the carrots, cabbage and rice and simmer for another hour. Add the chorizo, morcilla, cheese and basil. Stir and simmer 10 minutes.