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Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner Recipes - The Austrian Kitchen - New York Culinary Experience 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edward F. Nesta   
Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner and Edward Nesta - photo by Luxury Experience Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of Wallsé, Blue Gans, Café Sabarsky, and Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, brought a taste of Austria to the New York Culinary Experience 2015 hosted by New York magazine culinary editor Gillian Duffy and The International Culinary Center, CEO and founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton, with his recipes for Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes, Fresh Herbed Quark Spätzle, and Veal Schnitzel with Paprika Sauce.

 

Austrian-born Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's resume reads like a dream that started at age 15 when he decided to become a chef. He followed his heart and his palate to culinary school, apprenticed at the Relais and Chateau Richard Löwenherz in the Wachau region of Austria, traveled to Switzerland to work at Crans Montan, then back to Vienna to work with Chef Werner Matt at the Rotisserie Prinz Eugen, where the restaurant earned its first Michelin star during his employment.

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, Edward Nesta - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Gutenbrunner and Edward Nesta

From Austria he ventured to Munich, Germany working at the three star Michelin restaurant, Tantris, then moved on to Bistro Terrine as Chef de Cuisine, owned by Tantris owner Fritz Eichbauer, followed by a stint at Mangostin, an Asian-influenced restaurant. His next culinary journey took him to New York where he worked as culinary director of David Bouley's restaurants, and worked as Executive Chef at the Monkey Bar.

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Chef Gutenbrunner

After working for impressive notables, it was time for him to branch out on his own. As Chef Owner of the New York restaurants, Wallsé, Blue Gans, Café Sabarsky, and Upholstery Store: Food and Wine, he explores his passion for cooking, coming full circle since he first decided to become a chef. He is also the author of a cookbook, Neue Cuisine.

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Edward making spätzel

Taking a class with Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner provided me with insight into this inspired chef and helped me expand my culinary technique and recipe base. During the 75-minute class entitled, The Austrian Kitchen, Chef Kurt had the class make Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes, Fresh Herbed Quark Spätzle, and Veal Schnitzel with Paprika Sauce. 

Spaetzle - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Spätzel ready to eat

Chef Kurt's description of Fresh Herbed Quark Spätzle: "Recipes travel. Spätzle, similar to gnocchi, is found all across central Europe. At my restaurants, this fresh pasta, which is boiled and then sautéed in butter until golden and crisp in spots, is easily one of the most frequently ordered side dishes."

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Veal Schnitzel with Paprika Sauce

We also made one of the most traditional and famous Austrian recipes, Veal Schnitzel with Paprika Sauce. It was a lovely introduction to Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's style and the best part was of course, eating what we had made at the end of our class.

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner - The Austrian Kitchen -
New York Culinary Experience 2015 Menu

Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes Fresh Herbed Quark Spätzle
Veal Schnitzel with Paprika Sauce
Suggested Wine Pairing: Pacific Rim Riesling

Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner graciously shares his recipe for Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes

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Chilled Smoked Trout Crepes
6 Appetizer or 4 Entrée Servings

"In Austria, Palatschinken, or crepes, are usually eaten for breakfast with a sweet fruit compote or jam. Here I've created a savory appetizer by filling the delicate pancakes with a blend of smoky trout, crisp apples, red onions, and crème fraiche. It's creamy, crunchy, refined, and fun." - Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner

Ingredients:    

.66
Cup
All-Purpose Flour
   
Kosher Salt
1/8
Teaspoon
Sugar
1
Cup
Milk
2
Large
Eggs
.75
Cup
Crème Fraiche
3
Tablespoons
Prepared Horseradish, drained
2
Tablespoons
Dill, chopped, + 12 dill sprigs for garnishing
   
Black Pepper, freshly ground
0.5
Teaspoon
Unsalted Butter
1
Small
Red Onion, thinly sliced (julienned)
1
Small
Golden Delicious Apple, halved lengthwise, cored, and thinly sliced (julienned)
1
7-ounces
Smoked Trout Fillet, skinned, flesh flaked into ½-inch pieces
   
Edible Flowers for garnish (optional)

Method: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with one-quarter teaspoon of salt and the sugar. Whisk in the milk and eggs until the batter is smooth. Let rest for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the crème fraiche with the horseradish and chopped dill. Season with salt and pepper.

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Chef Gutenbrunner cutting horseradish

Strain the crepe batter through a fine sieve over a small bowl. Heat a 6-inch crepe pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter. When the butter stops foaming, add 2 tablespoons of batter, tilting the edges of the crepes are lightly browned, about 1 minute. Using a spatula, flip the crepe and cook until lightly colored on the second side, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as necessary so that the crepes do not burn, and stack them as they are done. You should have 12 crepes.

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Edward making a crepe

Spread each crepe with 1 tablespoon of the horseradish cream and top with 3 - 4 red onion slices, 3 - 4 apple slices, and 1 heaping tablespoon of smoked trout; roll up the crepes away from you and use your fingers to keep the roll tight. Place the crepe on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll the crepe in the plastic wrap to bind and tighten the rolled crepe, and then tightly twist the ends of the plastic wrap. The wrapped crepe should be chilled for a few hours or overnight; the chilled product will be easier to cut into 1" disks for plating. Garnish each crepe with edible flowers and a dill sprig and serve.

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Chef Gutenbrunner plating finished
Chilled Smoked Troupe Crepe

Tip from Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner: I get a lot of my produce from Berried Treasures farm in Roscoe, New York, which also happens to be a major trout fishing area. My smoked trout also comes from them.

Serving suggestion: Try this dish for brunch or as a light lunch, with a big green salad.

Variations: The stuffed crepes can be sliced crosswise and served as finger food.

For traditional sweet crepes, fill them with sliced fruit jam, honey, or Nutella.

Make Ahead: The plain crepes can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Read about the NYCE 2015 in the Gastronomy section and interviews and recipes from the chefs in the Chefs' Recipes section.

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