Sunday, February 24, 2013

Swabian Beef Spaetzle +1 Soup {Gaisburger Marsch} for #SundaySupper

Are you ready for #SundaySupper?  This week's them is Soup and we love soup in our little house in Portland.  Our gracious host for this week's event is Pam the amazing person behind The Meltaways - please go ahead and say "hello" to her.

Today I bring you Gaisburger Marsch. Have you heard of it?  I am almost certain that for most of you this is a clear "no".  It is a traditional Swabian dishes and I do not think {I maybe wrong} it is very well known outside of Swabia.  At least my German friends here in PDX had no clue what I was talking about...To me it is another of those "comfort in a bowl" dishes in part also because my Mom always makes Gaisburger Marsch when we arrive in Tuttlingen {Germany}.  It is the perfect meal after a long trip, to combat jet lag and to welcome all of us back home...

So what is Gaisburger Marsch?  It is a delicious soup consisting of homemade beef broth, pieces of beef, Spaetzle, and potatoes {that is the +1}.  My version is a little bit different as I also added additional carrots, and celeriac - it has everything in one bowl - see it even has it's own entry on wikipedia :)
Swabian Beef Spaetzle +1 Soup {Gaisburger Marsch}|copyright galactopdx 2013

This is a dish that takes a little time to prepare, as in make the broth, and Spaetzle; however once those are done you put it together for a delicious, filling dinner in a snap.  I make the broth the night before, let it cool and then it is easy to skim the fat off...

Swabian Beef Spaetzle +1 Soup {Gaisburger Marsch}
Beef Broth

ingredients for beef stock {plus beef shanks + water}
  • 3 pieces of beef shank about 1-1/2" thick each
  • 1/4 celeriac - peeled, and cut into pieces
  • 1 tomato whole {I had one in my freezer from last summer}
  • 1 large carrot - cleaned, and cut into rustic pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1-2 cloves
  • Water - about 12 -14 C 
beef stock
Step #2 
  1. In a large stock pot add beef shanks and cover with water.  Bring to a quick boil, remove it from the flame, and dump all of the water back out.  Set aside the beef shank - rinse out and clean the stock pot.
  2. Using the same, cleaned out stock pot {or another clean one :)} add the beef shank, as well as all of the other ingredients, including the 12-14 C of water.  Bring to a slow simmer and cover.
  3. Simmer for at least 2-1/2 - 3 hrs.  Do not let it boil!
  4. When done, remove from the heat; when cool enough to handle take out the beef shanks and strain the broth. Keep beef shank separately in the fridge - and put broth into fridge until ready to use.
Gaisburger Marsch (assembly)
  • 5-6 C of beef broth {see above}
  • 1-1/2 C of cooked Spaetzle {or more}
  • Beef from the beef shanks, diced
  • 1-1/4 lbs of red potatoes in their jackets, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 celeriac cut cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large carrot cleaned and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4-1/2 C of finely chopped fresh chives
  • Plenty of salt, pepper
  1. Heat up beef broth, add plenty of salt and pepper to taste
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, celeriac, beef and some of the chopped chives.  Heat - no more than to a very slow simmer - until potatoes and vegetables are soft
  3. Add Spaetzle, and all of the chives.  Serve when Spaetzle are heated through!
I served the soup with the usual = crusty bread :)
Swabian Beef Spaetzle +1 Soup {Gaisburger Marsch}|copyright galactopdx 2013

The rating by Alena is...
no, I did not force her ;)

Are you ready to see what the rest of the #SundaySupper is bringing today?  Check out all these amazing soups....

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)

Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)

Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)

Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)

Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)

Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)

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