Käsknöpfle of Liechtenstein

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Teeny, tiny Liechtenstein created a national dish packed with comfort and cheese: Käsknöpfle.

This dish was reminiscent of Slovakia’s national dish (a potato dumpling with cheese and topped with bacon), but Liechtenstein welcomed caramelized onions to the mix, an ingredient that put this dish over the top (for the taste testers and myself, at least). The starchy base isn’t made with potatoes, but is a homemade pasta dough. One simply makes the dough and pushes it through the holes of a colander into a pot of boiling water to create glops of pasta (recipe describes it as “thick rain” or “tiny oblong balls”).

The recipe also calls for a lot of cheese, so essentially, it’s the European twist on homemade macaroni ‘n cheese. Let’s be clear though: Kraft did not invent Mac N Cheese… as you could’ve guessed. Check out this link for some Mac N Cheese history!

Top with caramelized onions for savory perfection. We had a special guest for this dish… Julie! My mom was visiting us for a week, and we so enjoyed sharing our International Cuisine tradition with her.

Ingredient List

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Gruyere, Emmental or similar cheese
  • 2 onions

Quick Quotes

S: “It was like Slovakia with onions, which means it was better.”

Mom, Julie: “Creamy goodness, creamy cheeeeeeeezy. The onions made it.”

T: ” Whoa. Cheese.”

Trivial Trifles

  • The capital of Liechtenstein is Vaduz
  • The official language is German
  • It is 15.5 miles long & 62 square miles
  • There are 37,000 people living in Liechtenstein
  • It has the third highest GDP in the world (follows Qatar and Luxembourg) and has an unemployment rate of 1.7% (one of the lowest)
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