Dining royally in South Tyrol… How? With dumplings and Schlutzkrapfen pasties, of course!
In South Tyrol traditions are not quickly forgotten and the recipes are passed down from generation to generation. So the dumplings have a long tradition in South Tyrol: this meal was probably already known in the 13th century. In the little chapel of Appiano Castle frescoes from this period can be admired, where a maid is eating dumplings.
Nowadays there are dumplings in all variations, whether sweet apricot dumplings or delicious bacon dumplings – the list is long! From the end of September until the beginning of October there is even a culinary week dedicated to the most South Tyrolean meal. Every year, the “Dumplings & Dumplings Weeks” take place in Castelrotto.
The Schlutzkrapfen pasties, called “Schlutzer” in dialect, are also a very delicious and hearty dish of the local cuisine. It is believed that this dish comes from the Val Pusteria valley. Traditionally the filling of the Schlutzkrapfen consists of spinach and curd cheese, but they are also offered today in all kinds of variations. The filled pasties are served with Parmesan and brown butter.