Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Spiessbraten -Idar-Oberstein, Germany

Idar-Oberstein is a city famous for its jewelry and precious stones it is also the home of the Spiessbraten (Beef Steak). It started in the 1800's when Gem Gem prospectors that were in South America wanted to do their own version of steaks like the Gaucho's made.
It is the typical meal in the springtime and the barbecue starts. They are a lot of versions of Spiessbraten.

Idar-Oberstein also has a very interesting church in the rock to visit as well as a castle, gem mine, and shopping/resturants. There is a train station that stops in Idar-Oberstein.

Spiessbraten (sometimes called August Goerg's Grilled Steak)

1 large T-bone steak (just over 1 pound), at least 1 1/4 inches thick per person.
1 shallot or small onion chopped
freshly ground black pepper
pinch mace

Mix together the shallot or onion with the pepper and mace. Insert a few shallot pieces into the steak with a small knife.

Coat the steak with the mixture.. Pressing so it will stay on.

Remove loose shallot pieces and put steak on grill

Take steak off grill while still pink inside and sprinkle with slat and pepper.

Note: A special grill is used suspended on three chains form an iron tripod.

Serve with Kartoffelsalat (potato salad), Tomaten Salat(tomato salad) and Baguette ( or Broctchen)

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