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Hessian Handkaes with music

Handkäs mit Musik is a traditional and very regionally specific product from Hessen. Handkees or Handkas owes its name and size to the way it is made.
The sour milk cheese is originally formed into balls by hand, today with the help of machines.

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The music with which the cheese is served is supposedly created by the sounds the cheese makes when it is marinated with onions, oil, vinegar, pepper and salt -sometimes a little cider. In other words, when oil and vinegar were served separately, the bottles were banged against each other and this sound was the music.
Today, music is the common name for the marinade that is eaten with cheese.

The cheese is eaten only with a knife cut into slices, which are eaten from the tip of the knife down. However, the slices can also be eaten on a slice of bread with the “music” (marinade).
Apple wine (Äppelwoi) or white wine is served with it.

Hessian Handkäs with music

Recipe Handkäs with music

A Hessian snack dish.
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Course: snack
Cuisine: Hessen
Keyword: savoury
Difficulty: Beginner
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 3 onions
  • 6 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Riesling wine (or cider)
  • 2 cl schnapps (grain) (optional)
  • 6 tbsp oil
  • caraway, salt, pepper
  • 8 Acid curd cheese

Preparation

  • In a well-sealed container, layer the cheeses alternately with caraway seeds.
  • Then fill the pot with Riesling until the cheese is covered. Add to that a double grain. Seal well and store in a cool place for 2-5 days.
  • For music, either just serve raw onions with it. Or mix a marinade of wine vinegar, oil, chopped onions, pepper and salt and leave to marinate for 2 hours, covered with the cheese.

Tips & Hints

This is served with apple wine (Äppelwoi) or a white wine from Rheinhessen or the Rheingau, e.g. a Riesling.
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