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Germany’s Outstanding Food

March 11, 2014

Every October, tourists from all over the world gather in Germany to celebrate one thing: beer. The pilsners and dunkels are world renowned, and guarantee there will be a beverage that strikes your fancy. But while you are reveling in your indulgences, don’t forget to pair your weissbier with something equally tasty. Food hailing from Deutschland will quickly gain your respect, and surpass your expectations in the way their beers already have.

Spätzle

Deliciously cooked egg noodles that come in a dozen different shapes and sizes, will be sure to fill your belly until you smile with satiation. Though many regions claim to be the original, generally the area of Baden-Württemberg gets to take home that prize. Over 40,000 tons of these noodles are commercially produced each year! A particularly tasty way to eat them is in s savoury mac n’ cheese style, known as kasespätzle. Served up with onions straight from the pan, be careful, this one is hot!

 

Wurst

Probably the most commonly thought of German food is delectable sausages grilled up and covered with sauerkraut (or as the Germans order, Rostbratwurst mit Sauerkraut!). There’s definitely good reason for that! Wursts are an incredibly popular meal, with the most traditional sausages made up of veal, pork, or beef. You can try them grilled (bratwurst) or boiled (bockwurst). A fast food twist on a classic is the currywurst, spicy and delicious, trading the sauerkraut for french fries.

 

Sauerbraten

Considered a national dish, this pot roast will always be prepared a little differently in each area of the country. Though it used to be predominantly made with marinated horse meat, now it’s often made with beef, pork, or mutton. This is one of the most well known German dishes; thanks to widespread immigration, you can find it on menus all over the world.

 

Hendl

Slow roasted, and well spiced, sometimes a whole chicken is just what the meal calls for. What used to be an occasional Sunday meal has now become a staple in Germany. During Oktoberfest, this is a crowd pleaser, with coupons for half a chicken, or Halbes Hendl, are common and are quickly downed along side the beer.

 

Brezel

Sometimes when a food becomes mainstream, it’s hard to remember their origins. But you can be sure, the Germans are proud to hold rights to the pretzel. A common snack food in the US, they cannot compare to the original. Whether it’s buttered and salted or used more like a bread with sliced meats and cheese, you can find brezels in every bakery and on every street vendors cart.

 

Knödel

Dumplings are serious business here, and can be a main dish or a simple side. They’re made from bread crumbs or potatoes, and are equally delicious. Kartoffelknödel, is one of the most common varieties, where the dumplings are made from previously cooked potatoes, rather than new, raw ones. Looking for something a bit sweeter? You can ever try dessert nödels, like the Zwetschgenknödel, which is filled with plums.

 

Steckerlfisch

Another beer garden delight, fish taken straight from the river are grilled on a stick and served that way too. The stick makes it particularly easy to eat with a beer in one hand! Mackerel or trout are left over a grill, with a special blend of oils, spices and herbs make the fish particularly crispy. Don’t be ashamed if you need to go back for seconds or thirds!

 

Schnitzel

This is one of the most beloved dishes in all of Germany. Simple and tasty, pork cutlets are thinly battered and fried. Sometimes, you can get a chicken filet instead. Despite being fairly basic, there are dozen of ways to eat schnitzel. The biggest differences lies in what sauce you eat it with. Jägerschnitzel is one, with a dark, hearty sauce and mushrooms, whereas Naturschnitzel is sprinkled with salt and pepper, and left dry.

 

Kirschenmichel

Just when you thought Germany was only about the meat dishes, you find your way to the desserts. Very sweet, and similar to a bread pudding, kirchenmichel is has sour cherries mixed in, and cinnamon, cloves, almonds and vanilla sauce for toppings. Another variation of this is an incredibly decadent over the top cake that is very common outside of Germany too; the schwarzwalder kirschtorte, or the black forest cake.

 

Rote Grütze

Another berry filled dessert, the Germans really take advantage of what their local forests produce. Made with cherries, currants, strawberries…generally fruit that gives it’s name sake, meaning red. They’re cooked in their own juices, and made thicker, usually with corn starch. It has a very similar texture to Jello. Scooped on top of ice cream or fresh cream, this dessert is simply delightful.

Whether it’s the autumn or the rest of the seasons, you can be sure that in Germany, the beer is flowing and the food scrumptious. From Saxony to Bavaria to Hamburg, you are sure to be impressed. Plan a trip your tastebuds will be sure to enjoy today with Trekeffect!

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Amanda Reffsin
Working for wanderlust, Amanda just completed a year teaching abroad in South Korea. She's currently back packing her way through Southeast Asia, with no intentions to ever stop traveling.