Kasspressknödel: Tirolean Cheese Dumplings, © Tirol Werbung/Ilvy Rodler
Kasspressknödel: Tirolean Cheese Dumplings, © Tirol Werbung/Ilvy Rodler

14 Must-Eat Foods in Tirol

Tirol’s got the goods when it comes to fresh produce and hearty local delicacies, from cheese dumplings to “Tiroler Gröstl”. While you’re in Tirol, seek out some of the following quintessential foods…

Let’s make it official: Tirol is an amazing place to eat and drink, serving up some of the best food in the world. There is no shortage of amazing restaurants to inspire warm feelings, from friendly country inns to on-mountain eateries, you’ll find an endless selection of delicious and hearty specialties prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Bacon or cheese dumplings are a Tirol staple, best enjoyed in soup or with sauerkraut and salad. No trip to Tirol is complete without a delicious “Kiachl”, a traditional fried yeast dough pastry. We also love our desserts – “Moosbeernocken” and “Strauben” are real Tirol favourites. While you’re in Tirol, seek out a couple of the following quintessential foods…

4 · Tiroler Marend (Brettljause)

Tirolean “Marend”, © Tirol Werbung

A hearty Tirolean “ Marend” – the original in-between snack with dry-cured and smoked specialties like speck and sausages, mountain cheese and delicious bread which is traditionally enjoyed in the Heart of the Alps in the afternoon or early evening during a merry get together. Today’s “Marend” refines these traditional tidbits with lard, cold cuts of roast pork and horseradish.

7 · Schlutzkrapfen

These Tirolean-style pasta parcels are also known as ‘Schlutzkrapfen’. The dough-and-egg crescents with hearty potato filling are boiled in salt water and served with brown butter and parsley.

9 · Strauben

Strauben, © Tirol Werbung / Kathrin Koschitzki

“Strauben” translates to “ruffles”. We won’t tell if you eat more than one of these toothsome delights. A batter of flour, eggs and milk is poured through a funnel or pastry bag to form ‘unruly’ curls (hence the name), fried to even brownness, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with cranberry jam.

10 · Apfelradln

Apfelradln, © Tirol Werbung / Kathrin Koschitzki

Another sweet treat are “apple wheels”: Apples are dipped into batter and carefully dropped in a pan, fried until they start to brown on both sides and served immediately, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.

13 · Tiroler Paunzen with Apple Sauce

Traditional "Tiroler Paunzen" are made using a potato-based dough which is then cooked in a mixture of clarified butter and rapeseed oil.

14 · Buchteln

Buchteln, © Tirol Werbung / Kathrin Koschitzki

"Buchteln" are a bit like edible clouds. The ingredients: butter, schnapps, sugar, flour and eggs. If you get the mixture just right, the taste is truly heavenly.

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