Frittatensuppe is one of the many culinary delights I enjoy when I’m back in Austria. It’s a simple soup combining sliced pancakes called Palatschinken and beef consommé. When my mum makes Palatschinken at home, they are served two ways. As a sweet version rolled up with apricot jam in the middle and as Austrian pancake soup, sliced in clear broth. If you’re after a simple comforting soup for a mid-week meal, this Frittatensuppe recipe is for you.
Frittatensuppe & Palatschinken History & Origin
The word ‘Frittate’ comes from the Italian ‘frittata’ meaning ‘fried’ and refers to the fact that the pancake has been cooked on a hot surface, using butter or oil. More interestingly, the term ‘Palatschinke’ appears to originate from the Latin word ‘placenta’ meaning ‘cake’. Later references from from the Slavic region and specifically modern-day Hungary refer to ‘palacsinta’ which then found its way into Austria as ‘Palatschinken’ during the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
The soup is still hugely popular and can be found on the menu of many traditional Gasthäuser (inns/restaurants) across Austria.
In order to make Frittatensuppe, you have to make Palatschinken first. After that it’s easy. Roll up the Palatschinken, slice them into 3 mm strips (once sliced the Palatschinken are called Frittaten), add them to a bowl of beef consommé or vegetable stock, top the broth with chives and you’re ready to eat!
Palatschinken ingredients (makes 6)
100g plain flour
20g sparkling water
Sunflower oil or butter for frying, depending on preference
Chives for decoration
How to make Palatschinken
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Whisk to make the batter.
Leave to rest for about 15 minutes.
Heat up a medium frying pan and add a little bit of oil or butter. I use a silicone pastry brush to distribute the oil evenly across the surface.
Stir the batter one more time to mix well.
Add a ladle full (1/6) of the batter into the frying pan and swirl to distribute the batter evenly.
Allow to turn golden brown, then turn to briefly fry the other side.
Set aside to cool and repeat.
You can refrigerate the Palatschinken or Frittaten for 3 days or freeze them for 2 months.
This is my mum’s Austrian Goulash soup recipe, a hearty stew made with paprika spice, beef, waxy potatoes and Wiener (same as Frankfurter) sausages. Gulaschsuppe is a typical autumn and winter dish, delicious when it’s cold outside – although it works well year-round in Scotland…!
I usually make the Goulasch soup a day in advance, it intensifies and improves the flavour and thickens the sauce.
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
4 tbsp mild paprika spice
1/2 tsp hot paprika spice
1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
2 tbsp red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
500g good quality, very lean stewing beef, cut into 1 cm cubes
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp caraway seeds
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, zest only
1 tbsp salt
750g waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 cm cubes
2 tbsp cornflour
2 Wiener (Frankfurter) sausages, cut into 0.5 cm slices
Chives, finely sliced to garnish
How to make Gulaschsuppe (Goulash Soup)
Heat the sunflower oil in a large pot (don’t use a non-stick pot for this recipe or the onions won’t brown), add the chopped onions and fry until nicely browned.
Take the pot off the flame, then add the mild and hot paprika spice, mild chilli powder and vinegar and stir in the beef cubes until fully coated. Add 250g of water to help with this process. You can dial up the Gulasch’s spiciness by replacing the mild paprika with hot paprika.
Put the pot back on the flame. Add the bay leaves, caraway seeds, garlic, lemon zest and salt. Stir and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add one litre of hot water to the pot, cover and simmer on a low heat for about an hour or more. Stir every now and then to ensure the stew doesn’t burn or catch on the bottom of the pot.
Add the potato cubes and top up with more water to ensure everything is covered.
Simmer for a further 30 minutes.
In the meantime, mix the cornflour with 5 tbsp water in a small bowl, then add to the pot. This will thicken the liquid of the stew.
Finally, add the Wiener sausages and simmer for a further 10 minutes.