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Word of the Week

Maultasche

Hungry? Sink your teeth into a Maultasche.

This fine food is a German specialty. Born in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, these pastry creations' name literally means "mouth pockets." Traditionally filled with minced meat or vegetables and bread crumbs, they have a similar appearance to Italian ravioli. Maultaschen are somewhat larger, however, with each "pocket" being about 8 centimeters (3 inches) across. Traditionally consumed with roasted onion and potato salad or swimming in vegetable broth, these delights are sure to warm the cockles of your heart (and mouth) come winter time. Christians widely celebrate traditionally meatless Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with the dish, because the meat is hidden beneath the dough and cannot be seen by God.

Author: Jessie Wingard
Editor: Kate Bowen

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