Bratwurst, beer, and sauerkraut are probably the first things to come to mind when you think of German food and cuisine. These are some seriously delicious German staples, but there are many, many more mouthwatering German dishes that are worth trying. No matter what region of Germany you’re passing through or what sort of plate you’re in the mood for, this country offers spectacular appetizers, savory main courses, and heavenly desserts.
Traditional German dishes
Did you really think there could be a list of German food without a good old-fashioned Brat? These juicy beef and pork mixed sausages are typically soaked in beer and then grilled to a delectable perfection. Mix in a hot soft pretzel, sauerkraut, and hot mustard, and enjoy!
Of course, following close behind Bratwurst are “die Wuerste”, which are basically all great German sausages. With so many incredible and delicious German sausages to name, you can be certain whatever your tastebuds crave, there’s a Wurst for you. Blends of all meats including chicken, beef, pork, lamb, venison, elk, etc. make for a fantastic stuff-your-face meal with complimenting sides of mashed potatoes, steamed cabbage, or noodles.
This is an everlasting German food classic whose recipe has been adopted and tweaked by countries all over the world. While any meat can be used for this timeless dish, veal is the original favorite. This meat is tenderized, flattened, and breaded, right before it goes in the frying pan to sizzle up some awesome flavors.
Here we have the ultimate comfort food in this cheesy, dumping/noodle hybrid dish that is commonly referred to as the German version of America’s mac ‘n’ cheese. With a mixture of creamy cheeses, eggs, spices, butter, and onions, this is a cold day’s delight and can be eaten as a side or a main course.
If this doesn’t already sound scrumptious, try these two words that describe this dish: potato pancakes. These suckers are fried up in less than ten minutes and offer a punch of remarkable flavors in every bite. Traditionally paired with applesauce, Kartoffelpuffer is great for any meal of the day.
In other words, sour roast. This one-of-a-kind dish mixes the puckering essences of sauerkraut with a roast of any meat (though typically you’ll find beef). After marinating in vinegar and spices for a few days’ time, this roast is served juicy, decadent, and tender, and is so well-renowned that it’s become one of Germany’s national dishes.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Bretzel—which you know as the pretzel. Big, warm, and salty, this knotted treat is served at any time, any celebration, and of course, with beer, mustard, and sauerkraut.
Beer (and other stein-worthy beverages)
While Germany is known for its sweet, crisp wines like Riesling, Eiswein is a particularly loved version. Also known as ice wine, German Eiswein is made from grapes that have frozen on the vine. The result is a super sweet and quite enticing palate of flavors that is often served with dessert.
The country of Germany is like a big tap house in itself, with local breweries everywhere boasting any and every type of brewskie imaginable. Beer is the ultimate pairing with pretty much all German foods, so whether you’re into hops, wheat, or lager, Germany has something on its endless beer list for you
Usually served after a meal to aid in digestion, this age-old concoction of a sweet type of strong cordial is made from just about every fruit you can imagine. Pear, peach, or berry make for a smooth nightcap or a nip of warmth in the mountains.
Otherwise known as Black Forest Cake around the globe, this decadent dessert is an extremely popular one. It’s got all the right fixings: layers of chocolate, cherries, and whip cream for the ultimate sugar rush. An interesting fact about the cake that turned 100 years old this year is that it’s actually named for the German mountain range.
This red berry dessert has become a base staple for fruit infused puddings all over the country. Germany boasts a variety of berries year-round in the country’s forests, so it’s no wonder fruit desserts are so beloved. This particular treat is easy to make and savory sweet to the taste. The berries are cooked to perfection in sugar, mixed into pudding and cream, and then topped with a heavenly vanilla sauce.
One can’t visit Germany without having the most traditional of German desserts: the apple strudel. This exquisite pastry dates back to the 1600’s and is definitely not an easy recipe to perfect. With hard work and love put into the Apfelstrudel, it has become a dessert that you not only eat, but also experience. With warm sugared apples practically tumbling out of a flaky crusted piece of perfection, this dessert has become breakfast and just about anytime kind of dish.
With these tasty options to fill your belly, by now you must be certainly booking a flight to Germany or locating your nearest German Food Store or Fest Hall. Either way, you have to stay for dinner!
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