Dumplings are a core part of the Tirolean diet. While centuries ago there were just a few different varieties, these days you will find all manner of weird and wonderful creations. Here are our top five dumplings you have to try next time you are in Tirol.
1. Spinach Dumplings | Gasthof Wiesejaggl | Kaunerberg
On a clear day the Gasthof Wiesejaggl in Kaunerberg offers views all the way across the border to neighbouring Italy – which has its own variation of spinach dumplings known as "malfatti". While the Italians use ricotta cheese, the Tiroleans prefer tangy mountain cheese. Here at the Gasthof Wiesejaggl the chefs source their cheese from the local organic dairy. We recommend working up an appetite before you come here so that you can try the spinach dumplins and also enjoy a dish from the excellent seasonal menu.
Spinach dumpling recipe
Spinach dumplings are a great way of eating healthy veggies without even knowing you are doing so! Here is the recipe if you want to have a go at making them at home.
2. Cheese Dumplings | Aschinger Alm | Ebbs
Cheese dumplings are a classic you will find throughout Tirol. At its best it is a simple dish – which is why high-quality ingredients are so important, especially when it comes to the cheese. The Aschinger Alm in Ebbs is a traditional hut at the foot of the Zahmer Kaiser Mountains known for its excellent cheese dumplings made using cheese from milk given by cows fed only on natural hay and herbs. Indeed, the hut has won several awards for its cheese dumplings – quite an achievement considering how many places in Tirol make them. Why not work up an appetite with a walk up to the hut followed by a well-deserved portion of "Kaspressknödel" as they are known here.
Cheese dumplings recipe
Cheese dumplings are a perennial favourite in Tirol. They are served either in a broth or with a fresh salad. Bon appétit, or as we say here: Mahlzeit!
3. Semolina dumplings | Gasthof Gröbenhof | Fulpmes
The Gröbenhof is a traditional guesthouse perched in a sunny spot between Fulpmes and Neustift in the Stubai Valley. It is run by the Schüller family and has developed a reputation for its excellent food. Highlights include Danube salmon, organic beef and, if the season is right, venison ragout. Make sure you leave a little space for dessert. Semolina dumplings rolled in breadcrumbs are one of the best options on the menu – and if you ask the chef he will be happy to let you in on the recipe.
4. Bacon dumplings | Landgasthof Adler | Hinterhornbach
When the Eisnecker took over the Landgasthof Adler in Hinterhornbach ten years ago, they also decided to revive the farm which had once been part of the site. Today the guesthouse sources much of the produce used in its kitchen from its own farm, including the dried bacon that goes into its famous bacon dumplings.
Bacon dumplings recipe
Bacon dumplings are easy to make at home.
Bacon dumpling soup
5. Beetroot dumplings | Schulhaus | Zellberg
The Schulhaus in the village of Zellberg is, as the name suggests, located in a former school building. When it comes to grades, Christian Geisler and his son Stefan definitely deserve top marks for their food. One of the most popular items on the menu are their beetroot dumplings, which has even guests who are not normally big fans of this root vegetable coming back for more.
Beetroot dumplings recipe
Beetroot dumplings look amazing and taste just as good.
Tirol is home to around 120 inspected and approved "Tiroler Wirtshäuser". These guesthouses and restaurants meet exacting standards when it comes not only to food but also to decor and service. Keep an eye out for the sign – a green-and-white logo with the words "Tiroler Wirtshaus" – indicating membership of this exclusive club and guaranteeing an authentic dining experience in Tirol.