29 June 2012

Frankfurter & Potato Skillet Dinner and the Town of Sterzing-Vipiteno, Italy


My carnivore side comes out when I am here.  Frankfurters of different shapes and sizes were staring at me from the other side of the glass window.  I chose the simplest one, perhaps the most "friendly" looking among the others too.  This frankfurter skillet meal is one of my favorite dinners to put together.  The kids love it and it's fairly easy to do.   I cook them both on the stove and in the oven to get the crunch I look for in the potatoes.  After a day out in the nature, this is one of the meals that I put on the table. 


I find blogging away from home a wonderful way to in include my kids and husband in what I do.  We put together this set of props & board using what we had on hand.  The board is composed of firewood from the garage that my husband creatively put together, making them look like one big board.  It took him a lot of trips going up and down the stairs to finish his project.   The pine cones, grass & flowers were gathered by my kids to make my pictures beautiful.   There's nothing better than a homemade set created by my own family for me. 


Now let me introduce you to Vipiteno (or Sterzing in German), a medieval town that we visited three days ago.  We strayed away from our usual route at the Dolomites, spending a couple of days looking at some towns at the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige (South Tyrol) that are new to us and visiting Innsbruck in Austria.  One of the best feelings in traveling is to see new things, learn about (a part of) the history and trying out the local food.  I try to capture everything with my camera but it's impossible to do so.  These experiences will always remain in my memory. 


The town's cobblestoned main road is long and quite straight.  In the middle of it is the town's symbol, a tall clock tower called Zwolferturm, erected in 1470, to divide the New Town from the Old Town.


Vipiteno traces its roots to 14 B.C., when Nero Claudius Drusus founded a military camp called Vipitenum along the road between what are now Italy and Germany. 


Like most towns at the Dolomites, the buildings are candy-colored and the windows are donned with flowers and wreaths.  It gives me the pleasure to walk up and down the little roads and what takes a usual 20 minute walk would take me more than an hour photographing every single detail that feasts my eyes.  





We are still enjoying the fresh mountain air and the beautiful alpine scenery.   My posts in the following days will be dedicated to what I see and eat in this marvelous place.  It's always my pleasure to share them with you. 

Hoping all of you will enjoy your weekend.  A presto!



Frankfurter & Potato Dinner Skillet

Ingredients:
Serves 4
  • 1 red onion, sliced to rings
  • 50 grams speck, diced
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled & quartered
  • 8 frankfurters
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • rosemary or parsley, dried or fresh
Directions:
  1. Sautè the onions and speck in a cast iron skillet with extra virgin olive oil for about 5 minutes or when the speck are getting toasted.  Take them away from the skillet & set aside.
  2. Add about 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the skillet.  Put the potatoes.  Season with salt & pepper.  Cook for 15 minutes, tossing frequently.
  3. Transfer to a pre-heated ventilated oven of 190 degrees Celsius.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Turn off the vent.
  4. Add the frankfurters, rosemary, onions & speck.  Cook for another 15 minutes.  



32 comments:

  1. I love the ease of a one skillet dinner and your travel photos are just beautiful. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Have a nice weekend too Laura! Thanks!

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  2. Oh, I want to go where you are now! The travel photos are sensational and I love your easy one skillet meal! How wonderful the entire family helped stage the photos of your meal for the blog, I really like the teamwork! I look forward to seeing your upcoming vacation inspired posts, thanks for sharing;-)

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    1. One of the best feelings is teamwork of the family. I loved it! It's the cheapest set I have but the most valuable. Thanks Patty!

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  3. I am reading this post next to my partner who loves frankfurters and he has just said to me "why don't you make cool stuff like THAT for your blog". I agree that this looks extremely tasty but I may be in the market for a new boyfriend since reading your post!

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    1. Your comment just made me laugh so much! Thanks for sharing Amanda!

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  4. You really make franks look so sophisticated! What a gorgeous town and a cool, off-the-beaten location to visit.

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  5. Your photos are so beautiful! I am living vicariously... it's been so long since I've traveled.

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  6. I haven't seen person in this kind of bicycle since I saw in Japan! America is really a car country and I don't see people going to places like that...

    Sorry I digressed. :-) Love the skillet meal. Sounds like photo shooting became a family matter and I'd love to see THAT scene on photo! =) Looks like you are enjoying your vacation. Thank you for sharing the pictures. I have never felt so close to the other parts of the world without blogging. :-)

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    1. You're right Nami. I should have taken a picture of them helping me! There are a lot of bicycles in this area. It is a nice way to go around and it doesn't pollute the mountain air at all!

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  7. Lovely photos! I always enjoy visiting your website!

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  8. What a great area, your pictures are stunning! And I love that you all get together and help, and still blog on vacation!

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    1. I'm lucky because I have a very understanding & supportive family. They let me blog even on vacations. :-) Thanks Erin!

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  9. This looks sooo good and makes me miss Italy like crazy!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I hope you get to come back here soon then!

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  10. Oh my, I love this one too :-). Am I going to make all your recipes now :-)? Pinned!
    p.s. By the way, have you seen recipenewz? If you like it, you are always more than welcome to share some of your recipes there.

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  11. Very beautiful post and delicious meal that you've prepared! My family would love this kind of dinner... Loving your photos!

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  12. I am loving that you are blogging on the road and on vacation - love the resourcefulness! I want to be trasported to this town you are highlighting - the colors and cheerfulness is outstanding. Your skillet meal is perfect for kids and adults alike - I have not kids, but my hubby is a big kid and would devour this . Enjoy your vacation!!

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    1. Laughing about your hubby who's a big kid. I can only blog like this because my family lets me and I have a good internet connection. :-)

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  13. This place is so dreamy...As for your dish, please pass me the skillet! I can't resist franks AND potatoes! A hearty meal, perfect for vacations!

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    1. I will never pass a meal like this one too. So simple, tasty and good!

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  14. Really enjoying your pictures, Rowena, and I love that your family pulls together to help you find just the right thing to put together a shoot for the blog. :)

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    1. It's fun to see them help me put together a "set". It's the best part of blogging here.

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  15. How fun that the whole family got involved in the shoot :) This is one skillet dinner that my boys would go crazy for!

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  16. This sort of dish is really up my alley. I love frankfurters or all sorts, miss good old "tender Juicy". Your photos are fab!

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  17. Color me clueless, I have NO idea what speck is. Can you explain?

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    1. Hi Cindy, Speck is a dry-cured, lightly smoked ham from South Tyrol, Italy. If you want to learn more about it, click on this link:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speck_Alto_Adige_PGI

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