10 Popular German Dishes
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10 Popular German
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Traditional German cuisine is known for being hearty. It is usually good “comfort” food. Some German foods are found throughout the country, like Schnitzel, a breaded meat cutlet with gravy, while others are regional specialties. These are some of the most unique popular German dishes that are definitely worth trying.
Popular throughout Germany, but particularly in Berlin, Currywurst is a popular German dishes for takeaway, or fast food to go. Currywurst is basically a grilled sausage, covered in a ketchup curry sauce.
Served hot or chilled, Kartoffelsalat is Bavarian potato salad, or as Americans say, German potato salad. It is made with bacon, onions, and a sweet and tangy vinegar sauce.
Lebkuchen is a German gingerbread. The most famous variation hails from Nuremberg and is a traditional Christmas dish, but tourists love it, so this is a popular German dish available year round now.
4. Franzbrötchen ("frenchmans roll")
Franzbrötchen is a breakfast pastry made from Phyllo dough and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. It is almost never seen outside the city of Hamburg.
5. Handkäse mit Musik
Handkäse mit Musik is translated as “hand cheese with music.” Popular in Frankfurt and Hesse, it is a strong cheese with a pungent smell, and is made from sour cow’s milk. It is formed by hand. Little flasks of oil and vinegar accompany the cheese, as well as a shaker of caraway seeds. The cheese is topped with chopped raw onion, which is rumored to be where the “music” comes in, as raw onion frequently causes flatulence. It is eaten sliced, topped on bread.
6. Saure Zipfel
In Franconia, where Rothenberg and Nuremberg are located, Saure Zipfel is a popular appetizer. Bratwürste is simmered in onions, vinegar, and white wine; and spices such as bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, and juniper berries. They are then eaten with pretzels.
7. Königsberger Klopse
Königsberger Klopse is a Prussian specialty. Meatballs are made from ground veal, minced onions, eggs, and white pepper. The meatballs are served in a basic cream sauce made with the addition of egg yolk and capers, pickled immature buds from the caper bush.
Zwiebelkuchen means "onion cake" in German, although it is more like a pie, similar to a quiche. It is made from steamed onions, bacon, cream, and caraway seeds. It is especially popular in autumn in the wine-growing regions.
Spätzle are dumplings common throughout Germany. They are made of egg, flour, and salt, and cooked in boiling water. They are then served in a variety of ways, such as with lentils and sausages, or sauteed with sauerkraut, onion and butter for a side dish.
Rouladen is a stuffed meat roll. Traditionally, thinly sliced beef if spread with mustard, and topped with bacon, onions, and pickles. It is then rolled up and seared briefly before being braised until tender in red wine or beer. A gravy is then made from the juices, and the rouladen is sliced and served with spätzle or potato dumplings, and red cabbage.
We have recipes for many of these popular German dishes on our Live Like a German web site, so hope you can try some of those out for yourself. Good German food is more than just beer, brats and sauerkraut!
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