Sunday pork roast on a sweet potato, apple and root veggie bed

Pork roast with apple, sweet potato & root vegetables

Warming comfort food happiness for grey Sundays

I was standing in the supermarket in the meat section last Saturday and started to wonder what ever happened to the good old Sunday roast. “Time to give it a go”, I figured, and took a nice piece of pork neck home with me. Pork roast is an Austrian classic, traditionally served with sauerkraut and bread dumplings and not usually placed in the “healthy” section of a menu. But since I need my beloved vegetables, I decided to go in a different direction and to serve the roast with sage, roast apples, (sweet) potatoes and a bunch of root vegetables.  Continue reading

Spanish chorizo gröstl

Spanish grostl

Traditional Austrian meets racy Spanish

Gröstl, or typically Tyrolian gröstl, is a traditional Austrian dish, often served in a skiing hut in the Alps. Usually, gröstl is a go-to dish for left-over potatoes fried with bacon and onions. As most Austrian food, it is absolutely delicious. Healthy? Well, maybe not, but everybody deserves a treat once in a while 😉

To jazz things up a bit and since I still had spicy chorizo from my last Barcelona visit I decided it was the right time for Spanish gröstl, for which I replaced bacon by chorizo. Now, chorizo has this fantastic smokey paprika flavor which works incredibly with lemon, so the gröstl is topped off with a fragrant mix of fresh parsley, lemon zest and finely chopped garlic just to give it a nice kick. Just keep in mind that due to onions and fresh garlic this is not a dish you want to eat before going on a date or meeting your significant other 😉 However, they say that the way to the heart is through the stomach, so you could also share a plate of gröstl.

This Spanish gröstl is a very down-to earth, quick and easy dish to prepare and tastes awesome. If you want to go full on Austrian (or you’re very hungry or have an untamable desire for additional protein), top the gröstl with a fried egg, it’s what I typically do. Trust me, it’s good! So try it out and bring Austro-Spanish feeling to your dinner table! 🙂

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