Quick and easy recipe ideas for your holiday apartment
Uncomplicated dishes for your stay in a holiday apartment, ultra-relaxed ways to cook. We have collected some fast, simple recipe ideas that require few ingredients and won’t create chaos in your holiday kitchen.
The advantages of a self-catering holiday
When you stay in a holiday home, you benefit from maximum flexibility and privacy. And that begins with breakfast: Do you prefer to enjoy a bowl of cereal while you are still in your pajamas, or the first coffee of the day in bed? In a holiday apartment – unlike a hotel – that’s simply never an issue. You don’t have to give rigid mealtimes a second thought. And standing in line at the buffet counter, well, that’s just a distant memory. That said, you might think to yourself: Why would I want to spend valuable vacation time in the kitchen (“Hi!” to all you hardworking moms out there, by the way)?! But with our quick recipes, you will be able to conjure up delicious dishes sure to please the whole family. And who will do the dishes afterwards? In most of our accommodations, a dishwasher will be happy to oblige, whilst you and your loved ones are busy playing a boardgame. The winner gets to choose what will be for dinner on the next day of your wonderful holiday ;-)
Packing list of foods for your holiday apartment
What are the food products you can always use during a stay in a holiday home? We recommend the following staples: salt, pepper and seasonings you can’t live without, coffee (powder or capsules, filters), powder for hot chocolate, vinegar and (olive) oil, sugar, soup spices/bouillon cubes and tomato sauce, Noodles, rice or bulgur wheat, couscous, potatoes and onions. With that, you will be well equipped for your first uncomplicated dishes in your holiday home! And perhaps your favorite cereal? Milk, toast bread and honey? As ideal preparation, even before you get here you should definitely check out the opening hours of the nearest supermarkets. In that way, you will know precisely where you can buy fresh fruit and veggies. Our tip: Is there a farmers’ market close to your booked accommodations at ALPS RESORTS? In that case, you will most definitely have to pay it a visit! Oven-fresh, crispy farmhouse bread with bacon and a full-flavored cheese for a snack – well, that’s simply poetry on a plate ...
Our Top 6: Easy Recipes for Your Holiday Home
We want to avoid slicing & dicing as much as possible during our holidays. It needs to go fast, but taste good nonetheless. With the following recipes, you will make hungry mouths happy without wearing your fingers to the bone:
1: Tarte flambée with onions and bacon. A quick classic.
Ingredients (2 to 3 people): 1 pkg cubed bacon (ca. 200 g), 1 carton of sour cream, 1/2 carton of cream, 1 to 2 (red) onions
1 pkg pizza dough (or: 220 g flour, 1 pkg dry yeast, 3 tbsp oil, 120 ml lukewarm water, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 pinch of sugar), nutmeg, salt, pepper, chives
How to: Brush the dough with the mixture of sour cream and cream (seasoned with nutmeg), lay the bacon and thinly sliced onions on top. Bake for around 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated oven (220° C). Garnish with chives before serving.
2: Rice Pudding: soul food for big & small
Ingredients (3 people): 200 g rice, 750 ml milk, 1 jar of apple sauce, a little butter, salt, vanilla sugar, cinnamon
How to: Bring the rice, milk, a pinch of salt, a tbsp butter and sugar to a boil, then allow to simmer gently with the lid on for about 25 minutes. Stir regularly so that nothing burns. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and serve with apple sauce.
3: Hungarian-style Meat & Rice: spicy variation on stew
Ingredients (3 people): 350 g turkey or pork, 1 big cup of rice and 2 cups of vegetable broth (bouillon cubes), 1 onion (diced), 1 red pepper (diced)
1-2 cloves of garlic (crushed; or garlic powder), salt & pepper, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 2 tbsp paprika powder, chili flakes and thyme to taste
How to: Peel and cut the onion and garlic, melt the butter in a pan and glaze the onion pieces over moderate heat until translucent. Add the cut-up meat and sear. Stir in the tomato paste, paprika powder, salt, pepper and other seasonings (to taste), finally adding the rice and vegetable broth. Simmer for about 20 minutes and allow to stand for a while before serving.
4: Pea Soup: healthy & delicious
Ingredients (3 to 4 people): 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, 800 g peas (frozen), 1 l vegetable broth, salt & pepper, add cream or crème fraîche to taste.
Don't forget to bring your hand blender from home with you!
How to: Peel and cut the onion and garlic, melt the butter in a pan and glaze the onion pieces over moderate heat until translucent. Add the peas and vegetable broth. Bring everything to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally, finely puree everything using your blender. Fold in the cream or crème fraîche, season to taste – done!
5: Pizza Toast: A snack everybody loves.
Ingredients (3 people): 150 g ham, 150 g gouda / pizza cheese, pickle, 1 small can of corn, 1 egg, 1 tbsp sour cream, pizza spices, 6 – 8 slices of toast bread
How to: Cut ham and pickle into small pieces, mix with the pizza cheese, corn, egg, sour cream and pizza spices. Spread onto the bread slices, bake in the oven at 200° C for about 10 minutes.
6: Salad is always a hit – especially with these dressings:
Classic Balsamic Dressing: Ideal for leaf salads or tomato salad. Ingredients: 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, salt & pepper, 4 tbsp Balsamico (dark or white to taste), 3 tbsp olive oil. Tip: mix the ingredients in a jam jar and shake well, only adding the oil at the finish. This will make the dressing wonderfully smooth.
Light Yogurt Dressing: Ideal for cucumber or potato salad. Ingredients: 150 g natural yogurt (3.5 % fat), 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp lime juice, salt and pepper, a little chive and garlic (to taste). If the consistency is too thick for you, you can dilute it with a dash or two of water.
Refreshing Lemon-Herb Dressing: Delicious with a Greek salad, tuna salad or a colorful salad. Ingredients: 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, 4 tbsp white Balsamico, salt & pepper, parsley (to taste). If you wish to sweeten the dressing a little, simply add some honey or sugar.
Holidays in a Holiday Apartment: What else do I need to pack in my suitcase ?
If you are about to embark on your holiday in a holiday home or apartment, take a look at our packing list for self-catering holidays. In this article, we will point out the things you shouldn't forget as you pack your suitcase. At the same time, we will describe how the accommodations of our ALPS RESORTS are equipped.
Do you still have a burning question about your stay at one of our ALPS RESORTS? For example, whether your chosen accommodations have a filter or capsule coffee maker? Whether there's a toaster or bakery service delivering fresh breakfast rolls every morning? In that case, simply drop us a message or phone our ALPS RESORTS Team at the resort where you are booked! Our colleagues are always more than happy to assist.
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