Traditional German Food: What to Eat in Germany
Stews, sausages, potatoes, desserts – no matter what you like, Germany has something for everyone to enjoy. But if you’re going all the way to Germany, you’re definitely going to want to experience the best of local cuisines, too. From wurst to schnitzel, here are five traditional German foods that will rock your foodie world.
As one of the most well-known of the traditional German dishes on this list, schnitzel is the first thing on our list that you’ll want to try. Comprised of thinly sliced meat – usually veal – which is then breaded and fried, this delightful treat will provide you with a salty, meaty and well-rounded flavor experience. Of course, different regions of Germany have their own spin on the dish. You can use the interactive food map here to take a look at different areas of Germany and their specialties.
There’s a simplicity in this dish that makes it cleanly memorable. It consists of a creamy sauce and veal meatballs, which is usually served alongside boiled potatoes. The meat is often mixed with spices, onions, eggs, and pepper to give it a powerful punch of flavor. The sauce also usually includes lemon juice and capers for extra tang.
Having a good currywurst can be considered a major bragging point among German restaurants. Many different areas of the country lay claim to the creation of this dish, with each having its own variation or spin. At its base, it includes pork sausage smothered in a ketchup sauce that’s been enhanced with curry powder. It’s usually served with a side of fries that may come with mayonnaise, a favorite fry topping in Germany. It’s a favorite for snacking when on the town at night after having a few drinks.
Maultaschen is a type of stuffed pasta originating from Swabia. This versatile dish can either be found as a main entrée or as an appetizer in smaller amounts. It can be boiled or fried for different texture experiences. Additionally, they can be stuffed with virtually anything that a chef desires. Minced meat is a popular option, but vegetables like spinach and sauerkraut are often thrown into the mix, too. The spices that go into the pasta can range from nutmeg to parsley and create a harmonized, memorable taste.
This is a type of red pudding made from fruits like currants, strawberries, raspberries or cherries which are all cooked together and then thickened with cornflour or cornstarch. Once heated and thoroughly combined, it’s served with ice-cream, vanilla sauce, or cream for a deliciously sweet summery treat.
The best thing about these dishes is that many of them can be found all across Germany. However, there are some areas that specialize in one thing over another. If you want to expand your road trip and add more restaurants to your list, you can rent a car from CarRentals.com for a low cost and skip the worries about public transportation. Instead, get right to eating your way across Germany and enjoy all the dishes it has to offer!
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