Canederli soup, a Northern Italy soup.
I always been in love with this wonderful town in the most northern part of Italy, Bolzano, located in the Alto Adige region. The city is located and surrounded by the Dolomites Mountains. The panoramic views are just breathtaking. Growing up, we were very fortunate to have an aunt that lived there. Her apartment was facing Piazza Della Vittoria and from almost every rooms we had a beautiful view of the mountains.
Historically the town dated back before the Middle Ages. Became part of Bavaria and was united to Austria in 1809. It belonged to the Austrian Empire until Italy acquired it at the end of World War I in 1918. With World War II Bolzano was heavily bombarded. After the war the city was restored to his influential Austrian structure.
Bolzano or Bozen to this day is still a dual speaking town, Italian and German.
The city is divided by the Talvera river. The low bridge that divides the Old City Center, to the New City Center, has this beautiful cast iron railing on each side of the road. Once crossed towards the older part of the city, cars are sent to the surrounding streets leaving the city center free of any noise, cars. Pedestrians owns the streets, shops owns the “portici”. Fabulous shopping.
The Dolomites Mountains are so accessible and enjoyable during the winter with all sorts of winter sports, as well as during the warm months of summer. We used to take a short car ride to the gondolas and 15 minutes later we were at the top of this stunning mountain looking down at the town. The air was just clean, the rolling hills too inviting for us children’s to stay away from them.
We always enjoyed the beautiful promenades and after what seamed hours we would stop at this wonderful barn like restaurant and enjoy this wonderful dish of “Speck”, Tyrolean salt cured ham, fresh bread, strudel and a chilled glass of white wine for the adults, and warm apple cider for us children’s. Desserts were sinful. A simple apple strudel, fresh whipped cream cups, or a very delightful chocolate cake, desert is just part of the day.
We also enjoyed goulash, canederli, sausages and pasta with beans.
My favorite as well as my mom are the canederli which I will be sharing with you.
½ pound day old white bread
1 tablespoon butter
2 ounces of Speak ham, diced
1 cup of whole milk
1 small onion, peeled, and chopped small pieces
Salt and pepper
Cut the bread in small cubes and place in a bowl. In a small frying pan sauté the onion with the butter. When done place with the bread.
In a small bowl mix the eggs with the milk, add the parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the mixture to the bread onion mix. Add the speak.
Let it rest for 30 minutes. Form small balls in the cavity of your hand and roll it lightly in the flour to barely cover.
In a large pot warm the chicken broth and boil the canederli for at least 20 minutes