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Our chef Franz Schönegger indulges you with various culinary highlights from his gourmet cuisine: traditional Gastein valley delicacies as well as international specialties. With his team he continuously creates new and delicious meals.

Our head chef Franz Schönegger is revealing a delicious health food recipe for you to cook at home:

Mini cucumbers filled with tomato and cream cheese

For four portions you need:  

4 mini cucumbers (or 4 cucumbers of 100 g)
4 slightly heaped teaspoons of sunflower seeds
12 cherry tomatoes
300 g of granulated cream cheese (0.8 % fat)

8 stems of fresh basil


Wash the cucumbers, and drain them. Cut them into halves lengthwise, and remove the seeds with a teaspoon.

Add the sunflower seeds to a non-stick pan, without any fat, and toast on a medium heat until light brown.

Wash the cherry tomatoes, remove the stalks, and finely dice.

Mix the cream cheese in a small bowl with the browned sunflower seeds, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper.

Wash the basil, and drain well or carefully dab with a cloth. Remove the leaves and slice into fine strips. Fill the cream cheese mixture into the de-seeded cucumber halves, sprinkle with basil and serve.

Our tip: mini cucumbers contain less water than normal cucumbers, which makes them firmer. If you can’t find any mini cucumbers (also known as Frühlingsgurken in German-speaking countries), you can just use 20 cm-long cucumbers.

Bon appetit!

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Our experienced service team will gladly inform you about the meals in the restaurants at the Hotel EUROPÄISCHER HOF. Every year our staff takes part in various service and cuisine prize competitions. Several national and regional champions have emerged from our hotel.

If you would like to get to know Austrian cuisine more closely, we recommend a visit to the hotel’s own Gasteiner Klause. Regional delicacies will be served here in a rustic atmosphere.

We are looking forward to your visit at the 5-star Hotel EUROPÄISCHER HOF. Send us your no-obligation holiday enquiry today.