After an exhilarating morning buzzing about the crisp slopes, a proper filling meal is going to be the next order of business. Austrian mountain food is all incredibly soulful. It makes you and your stomach happy. You normally wouldn’t indulge like this, but when you spend the day skiing you feel like you have earnt it. Food doesn’t get more comforting than the truly delightful fare you will find up an Austrian mountain.
1) Wiener Schnitzel
The ultimate Austrian mountain food and Austria’s shining star on the international food stage, everyone has heard of the Wiener schnitzel. It’s crispy. It’s golden. It’s the size of your face. Wiener schnitzel was traditionally made with veal but now pork is more common. The pork is pounded to make it nice and thin, and then it’s breaded and fried. It’s served with a slice of lemon and a mountain of fries or potato salad. If you only eat one thing in Austria (you fool!) it should definitely be a wiener schnitzel.
Kaiserschmarren is a light and fluffy shredded pancake. The pancake is cooked and ripped up, then sprinkled with sugar and butter and put under the grill to make it wonderfully caramelised. It’s served with rum soaked raisins and for the full effect it should have a thick coating of icing sugar nestled on top. A tart apple sauce should come with it to finish it all off. Although anywhere else in the world this dish would firmly come under the ‘dessert’ category, in the world of Austrian mountain food it is more than acceptable to devour one of these for your lunch.
Need a power boost to get through the afternoon ski sesh? Then you need a Willy shot! I kid you not, this is what you should ask for at the bar. These rocket fuel-
Yay! Another dessert lunch! These Austrians really have their priorities straight. This one is a perfectly rounded steamed yeast bun, filled with plum jam and served with a creamy vanilla sauce and a mix of poppy seeds and powdered sugar on top. This is a great combination of the not too sweet bun, the rich plum jam and the crunch from the poppy seeds. I’ve been eating these since I was a kid on ski holidays with my family, and they are still just as wonderful today.
A staple Austrian mountain food and always a solid choice for lunch. Goulash is a hearty meat soup originating from Hungary. It varies from place to place but it always uses beef, onions and a healthy amount of Hungarian paprika. In the Austrian
6) Tiroler Gröstl
As the name suggests, this dish can be found in the Tirol region of the Austrian Alps. You can’t really go wrong with a plate of fried potatoes, bacon and onions with an oozy fried egg on top. I would say it has a British bubble and squeak vibe about it which is, of course, a great thing. This normally comes as an enormous portion so it could be good to order with a side salad to share with a ski buddy.
Käsespätzle is Austria’s answer to mac and cheese. Spätzle is a type of pasta made with fresh eggs that feature’s in south German and Austrian cuisine. They resemble little dumplings and are a carb lover’s dream. These soft bundles of joy are layered with a mix of cheeses likely to include Gruyere and Emmental. Heaped on top will be brown crispy onions that have been fried in butter. This meal really is pure indulgence and is a must-try Austrian mountain food.