Have you ever thought that food can be one of the best ways to explore a new countries and their cultures? While traveling you can see a different manners of eating, unique methods of food preparation and of course, dishes you have never tried before. So let‘s travel the world and see what an amazing foods diffrent cuisines can offer for us.
This time our station will be Germany – a country where you will never feel hungry. Did you know that in 2015 eleven German restaurants was awarded with three Michelin stars which means that Germany became second country in the list (first place belongs to France) while talking about Europe? Yes, seems like German people love good food and has some stories to tell. Let‘s begin!
Of course, while talking about German cuisine, we firstly think about meat. Here exists a tradition of sausage-making. In Germany you can freely find 1500 different types of sausage. It is called – Wurst. If you ever visit Germany you probably would like to know what do these Bratwurst, Blutwurst, Schwarzwurst names mean, otherwise you might get something you didn‘t expect. So a traditional Bratwurst is usually made from pork and different spices, but Blutwurst and Schwarzwurst are both made from blood. Yes, this is why you need to know the difference between them. Bratwurst – red sausage and Schwarzwurst – black sausage. But in some of the regions of Germany you will always find a bit lighter options as a Weisswurst which is a traditional Bavarian sausage made from minced veal and pork back bacon.
A perfect time to try this sweet beauty of course is a Christmas time. A traditional Christmas cake with dried fruits, nuts and spices, usually covered with powdered sugar is called Stollen and came from Germany. You can find many types and variations of Stollen cake in the supermarket. But be sure, that only in Germany you can taste a classic and authentic one.
A famous „knot“ that you can find almost in every article about traditional German food. Pretzel is a type of baked bread product usually made from dough and has a lovely shape of knot. A traditional German Pretzel is seasoned with salt which gives a very piquant taste for it.
While going back to sweet pastries, we have to mention a traditional German Berliner which is similar to a doughnut, without a hole and filled with a jam or marmelade. You can definitely find some other different fillings as a cream, chocolate, curd etc. Very sweet, very sinful, but totally worht of the calories.
Let‘s go back to meat dishes again. Rouladen – another classical German dish made from thinly sliced beef, bacon, mustard, onions and pickles. It might be filled with variuos ingredients such as vegetables and cheese. Authentic German recipe that you must try while being in Germany. Served with mashed potatoes or potato dumplings it becomes a real comfort food, especially when it‘s winter time.
A dessert made from black and red currants, raspberries, strawberries or even cherries which are cooked in their juice and served with a cream. Shortly – it is a mixed berry compote with custard. Light, refreshing and authentic recipe!
People in Germany love their meat dishes, Sauerbraten is nota n exception. It is a pot roast, that can be made from various types of meat marinated in wine, vinegar, herbs, spices for up to 10 days!
Each German region has its own traditional dishes, so you will always find something authentic there. Anyway, if you‘re just visiting Germany and want to know more about their culture, try these traditional German dishes and see how do you like it.