The Grenadier Restaurant

Milwaukee’s Grenadier’s Restaurant hosted presidents and, throughout its 29 years, stood out not only in Milwaukee, but also competed with Chicago’s finest restaurants.

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In 1978, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “With all its fine dining rooms, Chicago has nothing, except perhaps for its exlusive private clubs, quite like Milwaukee’s Grenadier’s Restaurant.” The Grenadier Restaurant was my dad’s favorite place to dine.  It was very British and very formal and fine dining at its best.  Coat and tie a must. It has been missed since its closing.

Today are a few of the rare recipes collected from this famous restaurant, including the dish Owner and Chef Knut Apitz served to President George Bush and the game recipe’s Grenadier’s Executive Chef Charles Weber provided to the Chicago Tribune.  (The links to the original articles are provided with the recipes.)

Grenadier’s Medallions of Veal and Crayfish with Angel Hair Pasta

Knut Apitz, Grenadier’s chef and owner, hosted President George H. W. Bush in 1989.  The following dish was “my own concoction,” Chef Apitz said. “with lightly sautéed veal medallions, fresh crayfish tails, and a very light crayfish sauce and a hint of hollandaise sauce.” The President was also served a floating island with fresh raspberries and terrine of duck.

The recipe for the Presidential dish was provided to the Milwaukee Sentinel and the original article can be found http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19890216&id=s35QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qhIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3334,4398583.

Grenadier’s Medallions of Veal and Crayfish with Angel Hair Pasta
8 Shallots, finely chopped, divided
Butter to saute’ shallots
1/4 c. Madeira wine
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Palomino Spicy Garlic Pepper Wings

Palomino Restaurant was a popular locale in Minneapolis in the early 1990s. While the restaurant can still be found in other cities, it closed in Minneapolis.  But, before it left, I was sure to secure it’s wing recipe.

Palomino Spicy Garlic Pepper Wings
Garlic Cilantro Marinade:
1 lg. head garlic, separated, peeled, minced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
1/3 c. soy sauce
½ c. vegetable oil
2 lbs. chicken drummettes

Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce:
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Karl Ratzsch’s Roast Duckling a la Ratzsch

Karl Ratzsch’s is an old world landmark in Milwaukee and has been the epicenter of fine German food and dining for more than 100 years at 320 E. Mason Street. Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 7.11.03 PMThe history and lore of the restaurant is detailed on Karl Ratzsch’s site:http://karlratzsch.com/history.html.

Today’s posts include the cache of Karl Ratzsch’s recipes we’ve scored, starting with Duckling a la Ratzsch. This duck was prepared for President George W. Bush when he visited Milwaukee during his term. He told WTMJ radio, “I had a duck that looked like a goose. It was the biggest duck I ever saw in my life. But it was good.”

Karl Ratzsch’s Roast Duckling a la Ratzsch
1/2 c. vegetable oil or melted shortening
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Karl Ratzsch’s Roast Goose Shanks

Customers rave about this dish! The recipe was originally published in the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1979.

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Karl Ratzsch’s Roast Goose Shanks
4 goose shanks (1 to 1¼ lbs. each)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
2 apples, cored and quartered
2 med. onions, quartered
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Stuffed Sole a la Ratzsch

Karl Ratzsch’s serves this fillet of sole stuffed with crabmeat and topped with a creamy wine sauce.  The recipe was published recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reader’s request section, found here: http://www.jsonline.com/features/recipes/125922753.html. Stuffed Sole a la Ratzsch Wine Sauce: ½ c. white wine 2 c. chicken stock 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 shallot, diced ½ bay leaf ¼ tsp. garlic, chopped Pinch of white pepper Continue reading

(Karl Ratzsch’s Chef) Dreazy’s Short Ribs in Baked Beans and Beer

Michael Dreazy was a chef at Karl Ratzsch’s and first provided his recipe to the Milwaukee Journal in 1981, simply naming it “Baked Beans au Schlitz.”  Schlitz, “the Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous,” is now being brewed by Pabst.  At the time, Chef Dreazy advised, “Any beer will work, but why not Schlitz?”

The other advice he gave, “Don’t hurry, give it full cooking time.  Don’t blast away at 400° F. Let the flavor develop slowly, like a good wine, it takes time.”

Finally, he added, “like any good stew or soup, the leftovers may taste even better than the initial serving.” Dreazy’s advice was to “leave it in the crockpot (a note:~in Milwaukee, we use a Nesco) and place it in a refrigerator rack, where the air can get to it from underneath. Keep the cover off until it’s completely cool, then place the cover back on and keep it airtight.”

Dreazy was also sous-chef for the Milwaukee Athletic Club and the University of Milwaukee Club, and in 1998 was named executive chef for the Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Florida.

This recipe was reprinted in the Milwaukee Journal sentinel, by request, in 2010.

Baked Beans au Schlitz
2 c. navy beans, soaked overnight
1 med. onion, chopped
1 lb. short ribs, cut in 1″ cubes (the bone adds a lot of flavor)
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Karl Ratzsch’s Crackling Pork Shank

John Poulos, executive chef and co-owner, recently sent the recipe for this famous dish to a answer a reader request in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at http://www.jsonline.com/features/recipes/56808522.html.

Karl Ratzsch’s Crackling Pork Shank
1 fresh pork shank (about 2 lbs.)
1 gal. cold water
2 tsp. salt (divided)
1½ gal. vegetable oil (must cover shank)
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
½ lemon rind (left whole or in large pieces)
½ orange rind, (left whole or in large pieces)
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Karl Ratzsch’s Liver Dumpling Soup

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A traditional and amazing soup. The recipe was originally published in 1980 by the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Karl Ratzsch’s Liver Dumpling Soup
1 qt. consumme, beef broth or beef bouillon
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
4 tbsp. butter

Liver Dumplings
1 lb. calves liver, coursely ground
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Karl Ratzsch’s Sauerbraten

One of the most celebrated Sauerbraten in Milwaukee, the recipe was published in 1983 in the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Karl Ratzsch’s Sauerbraten
4 lbs. beef (rump, chuck or sirloin)
1 tbsp. salt
1 c. red wine vinegar
1 c. white wine vinegar
2 c. cold water
1 onion, sliced
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Karl Ratzsch’s Bavarian Kirsch Cream with Cherries

Karl Ratzch’s is famous for this dessert and provided the recipe to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1981.

Karl Ratzsch’s Bavarian Kirsch Cream with Cherries
1 lb. cherries, stoned
3/4 c. Kirsch liqueur
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. cream
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Karl Ratzch’s German Apple Pancake

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An amazing, showy puffed-up confection. This recipe was clipped from a Milwaukee newspaper more than 40 years ago, but the name of the paper, or the date was not kept.

Karl Ratzch’s German Apple Pancake
1 c. milk
2 tbsp. melted butter
4 tbsp. flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 apple, sliced
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Karl Ratzsch’s Chicken Okra Soup

The restaurant revealed this recipe to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1980.

Karl Ratzsch’s Chicken Okra Soup
1 (4 lb.) chicken
2 qts. water
2 lg. carrots, peeled, diced
1 lg. onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1/3 c. flour
2 oz. butter
1 sm. can whole tomatoes, diced
1 sm. can cut okra
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Karl Ratzsch’s Hungarian Beef Goulash

Karl Ratzsch’s restaurant provided the recipe to the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1978.

Karl Ratzsch’s Hungarian Beef Goulash
2 lbs. lean beef (bottom sirloin, butt or round), cut in 1½” squares
2 lbs. onions, sliced
4 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. flour
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