Favorite River Cruise Recipes

At this festive time of year, many river cruise lines share the best-loved holiday recipes of their passengers. Here are a few of our favorites.

From Viking River Cruises:

VIENNESE HOT CHOCOLATE
This recipe comes to us from Reiner Marks, who prepared this drink aboard Viking River Cruises ships in Europe many times. Reiner has fond memories of how much our guests enjoyed the drink, which he says “tastes delicious.” Enjoy! Viennese Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
3 C of low-fat milk
7 oz premium dark chocolate, grated
1 T granulated sugar
1 C heavy cream, chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 T confectioner’s sugar

Garnish
Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings

Directions
In a saucepan, gently heat 1 C of milk with grated chocolate. Simmer over low heat until all chocolate has dissolved. Combine remaining milk and granulated sugar in another saucepan and gently heat, whisking until all sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate mix to sugared milk and continue simmering over low. In a bowl, whisk heavy cream and vanilla together on high slowly adding confectioner’s sugar until peaks form. Remove hot chocolate from heat and divide into cups. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each. Garnish with a pinch of cocoa powder or sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings, depending on mug size.

GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE)
Around the Christmas season, public houses in nearly every European town offer mulled wine as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, you can make your own glühwein at home.

Ingredients
4 qts dry red wine (e.g., zinfandel, pinot, burgundy)
1 C white sugar (more to taste)
1 pt brandy
12 whole cloves
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp mace
1 qt dry white wine
1 orange
1 lemon

Garnish
6 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced

Directions
Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and begin gentle heating. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add brandy and white wine, slices of 1 orange and the lemon. Steep for 1 hour over low heat. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick.

Gluhwein - Hot Mulled Wine Cook time: 1 hour

Makes 12-15 servings.

From AmaWaterways:

You don’t have to be in France to enjoy AmaWaterways French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie French Apple Pie
(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
• 1 unbaked ready-made pie crust shell
• 1,600 grams (3 cups) tart apples
• 115 grams (½ cup) white sugar
• 45 grams(3 T) brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 60 grams (1/2 cup) pastry/pie flour
• 2 grams (1 t) cinnamon
• 125 ml (½ cup) whipping cream
• 15 ml (3 T) Cognac or Calvados brandy

Preparation Method:
Preheat oven to 375° F / 190 °C.
Peel and cut the apples into thin slices. Place in a bowl with half the sugar and cinnamon and
mix until coated. Arrange apple slices in pastry shell. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes,
then let cool.
Beat the egg and the rest of the sugar until mixture is pale yellow. Beat in the flour, then the
whipping cream, and finally the brandy. Pour the mixture over the apples. Return pie shell to the oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and return to oven for 20 minutes. Keep warm until
ready to serve.

Enjoy!

One of the popular drinks served by AmaWaterways crew members in cold weather as passengers return from excursions is called Jägertee. This means “hunter tea,” a specialty beverage that originated in the 19th century and named because it was relished during the cold winter days by hunters and foresters.
Jagertee - Hunter's Tea

European Jägertee

Ingredients
1 cup red wine
1 cup black tea
1 cup spiced rum
1 cup orange juice
1 cup plum brandy or Schnapps
2-3 whole cloves
2 lemon slices
¼ cinnamon stick
Pinch of sugar

Directions
Place tea, wine, rum, brandy, orange juice, spices and lemons in a large pot. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes – do not boil. Remove from heat. Use a ladle to fill mugs. Sprinkle with sugar to taste.
Serves 6-8.

From Avalon Cruises:

When there’s a chill in the air … and you’re really missing the food from your Avalon Waterways river cruise, the chefs share their recipe for Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup

INGREDIENTS
4 large red bell peppers
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery sticks, trimmed and sliced
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 bay leaf
4 1/4 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup heavy cream

PREPARATION
Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 390° F.
Place whole red bell peppers in a dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and rotate to lightly coat each pepper in oil.
Roast for 15 minutes until blackened on the top. Remove from the oven and flip each pepper. Roast for another 15 minutes until the other side is also softened and blackened.
Remove from the oven and immediately cover the pan with foil. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let the peppers rest until cool enough to handle.
When cool enough to handle, remove the stem and all of the seeds and the charred red pepper skin. Discard.
To make the soup, place a large pot over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are softened and translucent about 5 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, and parsley. Cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the cumin, garam masala, and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Add the roasted peppers. Add the stock, turn the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots and celery are softened through.
Remove the pan from the heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup mixture smooth.
Stir in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Red Pepper Enjoy with a toasty garlic bread or make it a romantic date with seared scallops. Pair your soup with a Rioja or Sauvignon Blanc. Now, imagine you’re back on ship eating with Europe as your backdrop…

Appealing? If you are want to try these and many more outstanding dishes on a river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans for 2018 or 2019 in detail. I would love to make this happen for you.

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  • Viking’s Holiday Magic

    As we watch summer fade into fall, it’s time to plan to celebrate the holidays in old-world style. Viking River Cruises’s holiday sailings offer the most memorable gift you could imagine: in-depth cultural enrichment in Europe’s best loved river ports. Perfectly planned itineraries abound with Yuletide magic, the ideal way to experience Europe’s picturesque atmosphere and charm. This is the most festive time of year to cruise these waters as glittering lights and finery adorn Europe’s streets. On board your home away from home, the discovery continues with cultural enrichment activities designed to keep you fully immersed in the holiday riches of Europe—delicious regional cuisine, destination performances, festively decorated ships, and onboard lectures. Celebrate the season with Viking, and you’ll also enjoy Viking Inclusive Value. One price includes so much from meals and beverages to shore excursions and Wi-Fi.

    Europe’s Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises
    Europe’s Christmas markets are where the romance and spirit of the holidays come alive. It’s not just the markets that have all the magic of the holidays, but Viking ships are adorned with extra shimmer and sparkle as well. Explore some of the fairy tale settings of Europe’s Christmas Markets.

    Interested in learning more about our European Christmas markets cruises? Visit us at: Viking River Cruises

    Viking for the Holidays: Danube Waltz

    Celebrate the holidays with the cultural traditions of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Enjoy art, architecture, history and charming Christmas markets in European destinations including Passau, Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava and Budapest.

    Viking for the Holidays: Romantic Danube

    This popular 8-day holiday cruise lets you discover Danube delights in Hungary, Austria, and Germany. From historic Budapest to beautiful Vienna to medieval Regensburg, experience the holiday season like never before.

    Gingerbread and glühwein are traditional treats that are enjoyed during the holiday season.

    Traditional Gingerbread with Chef Walter Simon Snr.

    Spiced and nutty in flavor, these traditional German Christmas cookies resemble soft gingerbread. Enjoy them at home or give as a gift—either way they fill your home with delightful aromas while baking. Taste these and many other holiday treats on one of our late fall or winter cruises along the Rhine or Danube.

    Ingredients:
    Cookies:
    One-half cup honey
    One-half cup molasses
    Three-quarters cup brown sugar (packed)
    One egg
    One tablespoon lemon juice
    One teaspoon lemon zest
    Two and three-quarters cup flour
    One-half teaspoon baking soda
    One teaspoon ground cinnamon
    One teaspoon ground cloves
    One teaspoon ground allspice
    One teaspoon ground nutmeg
    One-third cup candied citron (diced)
    One-third cup hazelnuts (chopped)

    Icing:
    One cup sugar
    One-half cup water or milk
    One-quarter teaspoon vanilla extract
    One-quarter cup powdered sugar

    Directions:

    Cookies:
    Combine honey and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and all spices. Add the molasses mixture and mix well. Stir in citron and hazelnuts. Cover and chill overnight.

    Preheat oven to 350°. On a floured surface, roll out a small amount of the chilled dough to one-quarter-inch thickness. If dough is sticky, use more flour when rolling. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut round cookies out and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Place baked cookies on a cooling rack and brush icing while still hot. You can decorate with slivers of nuts or candied citron or other dried fruit. Or if you prefer, you can drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in a sealed container with a wedge of apple or orange to retain moistness.

    Icing:
    Heat sugar and water or milk with vanilla in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. If icing becomes crystallized, reheat and add water or milk as needed.

    Makes 8–10 servings.

    GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE) GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE)
    Around the Christmas season, public houses in nearly every European town offer mulled wine as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, you can make your own glühwein at home
    Ingredients
    4 qts dry red wine (e.g., zinfandel, pinot, burgundy)
    1 C white sugar (more to taste)
    1 pt brandy
    12 whole cloves
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp mace
    1 qt dry white wine
    1 orange
    1 lemon

    Garnish
    6 cinnamon sticks
    1 orange, sliced

    Directions
    Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and begin gentle heating. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add brandy and white wine, slices of 1 orange and the lemon. Steep for 1 hour over low heat. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick.

    Cook time: 1 hour

    Makes 12-15 servings.

    If you are considering a Festive Season river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

    Need more information? We service many of our clients entirely through email:

  • Click Here To Email Us

  • or by phone – 800-372-1963

  • River Cruise Recipes

    At this festive time of year, many river cruise lines share the best-loved holiday recipes of their passengers. Here are a few of our favorites.

    From Viking River Cruises:

    VIENNESE HOT CHOCOLATE
    This recipe comes to us from Reiner Marks, who prepared this drink aboard Viking River Cruises ships in Europe many times. Reiner has fond memories of how much our guests enjoyed the drink, which he says “tastes delicious.” Enjoy! Viennese Hot Chocolate

    Ingredients
    3 C of low-fat milk
    7 oz premium dark chocolate, grated
    1 T granulated sugar
    1 C heavy cream, chilled
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 T confectioner’s sugar

    Garnish
    Cocoa powder or chocolate shavings

    Directions
    In a sauce pan, gently heat 1 C of milk with grated chocolate. Simmer over low heat until all chocolate has dissolved. Combine remaining milk and granulated sugar in another saucepan and gently heat, whisking until all sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate mix to sugared milk and continue simmering over low. In a bowl, whisk heavy cream and vanilla together on high slowly adding confectioner’s sugar until peaks form. Remove hot chocolate from heat and divide into cups. Place a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each. Garnish with a pinch of cocoa powder or sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.

    Makes 4-6 servings, depending on mug size.

    GLÜHWEIN (HOT MULLED WINE)
    Around the Christmas season, public houses in nearly every European town offer mulled wine as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, you can make your own glühwein at home.

    Ingredients
    4 qts dry red wine (e.g., zinfandel, pinot, burgundy)
    1 C white sugar (more to taste)
    1 pt brandy
    12 whole cloves
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp mace
    1 qt dry white wine
    1 orange
    1 lemon

    Garnish
    6 cinnamon sticks
    1 orange, sliced

    Directions
    Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and begin gentle heating. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add brandy and white wine, slices of 1 orange and the lemon. Steep for 1 hour over low heat. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick.

    Gluhwein - Hot Mulled Wine Cook time: 1 hour

    Makes 12-15 servings.
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    Savor The Holidays

    This holiday season, we’ve gathered traditional recipes together from Viking River Cruises for your family to enjoy. Almost every culture has its own festive foods to celebrate the holidays. These treasured favorites are passed from generation to generation.

    LEBKUCHEN

    LEBKUCHEN
    LEBKUCHEN, traditional German Christmas cookies

    Spiced and nutty in flavor, these traditional German Christmas cookies taste like soft gingerbread. The best-known are Nürnberger Lebkuchen, which are often presented in ornately decorated tins or boxes. Sometimes, Lebkuchen are baked and decorated as ornaments.

    INGREDIENTS
    Cookies:
    1/2 C honey
    1/2 C molasses
    3/4 C brown sugar, packed
    1 egg
    1 T lemon juice
    1 tsp lemon zest
    2 3/4 C flour, additional for dusting
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp ground allspice
    1 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/3 C candied citron, diced
    1/3 C hazelnuts, chopped

    Icing:
    1 C sugar
    1/2 C water or milk
    1/4 C confectioner’s sugar

    GARNISH
    Almonds, slivered
    Candied citron
    Melted chocolate

    DIRECTIONS
    Cookies:
    Combine honey and molasses in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, egg, lemon juice and lemon zest. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and all spices. Add the molasses mixture and mix well. Stir in citron and hazelnuts. Cover and chill overnight.

    Preheat oven to 350°F (167°C). Dust flour on a hard surface, roll out a small amount of the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. If dough is sticky, use more flour when rolling. Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut round cookies out and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While baking, make icing. Place baked cookies on a cooling rack and brush with icing while still hot. You can decorate with slivers of nuts or candied citron or other dried fruit. Or if you prefer, you can drizzle with melted chocolate. Store in a sealed container with a wedge of apple or orange to retain moistness.

    Icing:
    Heat sugar and water or milk with vanilla in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in confectioner’s sugar. If icing becomes crystallized, reheat and add water or milk as needed.

    Cook time: 10-12 minutes.
    Makes 8-10 servings.

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    Rediscover the Magic of the Holidays

    For Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection, Europe is a magical destination during the yuletide season, with grand treasures and hidden wonders just waiting to be discovered. You can experience the joys of an old-fashioned Christmas with Uniworld as they sail onboard luxurious, festively decorated ships to cities and villages rich in timeless holiday traditions. Travelers can enjoy beloved Christmas treats in Basel, browse trendy shops down Paris’ Champs Élysée, and marvel at one-of-a-kind gifts while strolling through legendary Christmas Markets. Uniworld’s holiday season cruises are perfectly designed to provide a hassle-free journey, so instead of worrying about holiday stress, travelers can focus on rediscovering holiday magic.

    Paris Shop Decorated For Christmas
    Paris Shop Decorated For Christmas

    Smell the inviting aroma of roasted chestnuts and gingerbread in the air as you visit the famous Christmas Markets of Europe. A vacation to Europe during this most unique time of the year is best experienced on a luxurious river cruise ship as you unpack only once while you are taken from one exciting destination to the next in style. Culinary pleasures abound as Uniworld’s talented chefs create tantalizing holiday menus, featuring regional European specialties and traditional favorites. Expect eggnog on Christmas morning and champagne on New Year’s Eve. Plus, gingerbread and hot-mulled wine can be enjoyed all along the way.

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