Monday, December 28, 2015

A Taste of Germany: Pepper Cream Sauce with Chicken

Pfeffer-Rahm Geschnetzeltes (Pepper Cream Sauce with chicken)

My Husband and I were stationed in Germany for 5 years during the early part of his Military career. We were only 20 somethings who'd never been outside of the United States. To say we weren't culture shocked is an under statement. The language, the way of living, the driving, food, euro (money) was something we had to get used to. After about a 6 moths living in this beautiful country we started to venture out more. We explored the castles, landmarks, eateries and local shops. Germany is a pretty diverse country with many cultures residing there. I was able to experience many different cuisines from Turkish, Asian, Indian, and of course German to name a few. I enjoyed several german dishes like schnitzel, wurst (sausage, curry was my favorite) there are over 1500, aphelstrudal (apple strudel) and spatzel (egg noodles). Don't get me started on the breads and pastries. Addictive! 


While browsing the International aisle at grocery store I came across foods and sauces imported from Germany. I picked this pepper cream sauce to try out first because it reminded me of the spatzel meat dish I used to eat. All you need is 1 1/4 cup of water and 3 oz of heavy whipping cream to make this sauce come alive. The taste definitely took me back down food memory lane of our time in Germany. I may try to cook it from scratch next time, but for now I don't mind the assistance. The Maggi brand is delicious and convenient if your short on time, but don't want to cut on flavor. 

Chicken in pepper cream sauce.

I used 1/2 of a yellow onion (chopped), 2 tsp of minced garlic, 1 pound of of boneless skinless chicken tenderloins cut into bite size pieces and seasoned with Mrs. Dash garlic and herb. I opted not to season the meat with additional salt as the sauce packet contains quite a bit of sodium. I cooked the recipe according to directions.

Note: You can use turkey, beef, pork, etc. Top it with rice, quinoa, couscous, egg noodles, or brown rice. I steamed jasmine rice with ours.

I added fresh steamed green beans with red onion and garnished it with smoked bacon bits. The boys gave me a big thumbs up for this amazing and super easy dish.

Will you give this recipe a try?

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