Top German Foods
German food is rich, hearty and extremely delicious! Many people consider German inspired dishes as the ultimate comfort food. While many different regions of Germany have their own regional versions of some classic German recipes, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite classic German dishes.
This is one of the most well-known and much loved German dishes! Sauerbraten which means “sour or pickled roast” is a pot roast that is often regarded as one of the country’s national dishes. It can be made prepared with many different meats, (although beef brisket is often used) which are marinated in wine, vinegar, spices, herbs and seasoning for up to ten days. This recipe is ideal for cheap meat cuts that become more tender over time as they marinate. Schweinenbraten is a version made with pork that is usually served with braised cabbage or sauerkraut and dumplings (knoedel).
A schnitzel is a thin, boneless cutlet of meat, which is coated in breadcrumbs and often served with a slice of lemon. These delectable fried cutlets are often made with veal (Wiener Schnitzel) pork or sometimes chicken. Some schnitzels are garnished with a fried egg on top, while a Holsten-style schnitzel may have an egg, anchovies and capers.
Rouladen is a recipe of thinly sliced meat – usually beef, but sometimes veal or pork, wrapped around a filling of bacon or pork belly, chopped onions, pickles and usually mustard, and then browned and simmered in broth. The mixture may change between regions, with some variations including minced meat. It is common to serve this dish with gravy, dumplings, mashed potato or blaukraut (cooked red cabbage).
Spatzle are small, soft egg noodles made from wheat flour and eggs and they are often served topped with cheese (käsespätzle). They are also used often to accompany German meat dishes that use lots of sauce or gravy, such as Rouladen, Sauerbraten or Goulash.
There are over 1,000 types of Wurst (sausage) made in Germany. Sold all over the country, and often by street vendors, the most popular include Bratwurst (fried sausage) made of ground pork and spices, Knockwurst, a plumper sausage that is usually boiled, Wiener (Viennese), which is smoked and then boiled, and Blutwurst and Schwarzwurst, which are both blood sausages. Bavaria features a Weisswurst, a white sausage that you peel before eating with sweet mustard
Kartoffelpuffer, Kartoffelknödel, Bratkartoffeln, or potatoes made many ways!
Kartoffelpuffer are flat, pan-fried pancakes made from grated potatoes mixed with flour, egg, onion and seasoning. Kartoffelknödel are German potato dumplings served as a side dish or in soups and stews. Bratkartoffeln are potatoes (similar to the American French fry) that have been boiled and then fried with bacon and onions. Yum!
Apple strudel or Apfelstrudel, is a popular dessert of buttery pastry filled with apples and flavored with sugar, cinnamon, raisins and breadcrumbs. The delicate flakey pastry is made from elastic dough, which is kneaded and stretched until it’s almost paper thin. The thin pastry layers are buttered together, before being wrapped around the apple filling and baked. It is often served warm in slices sprinkled with powdered or icing sugar.
Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Cake
This popular and decadent cake is as delicious as it is famous! Alternating layers of rich chocolate cake are mixed with cherry liquor, cherries and whipped cream and topped off with more cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings. How can you resist?
Are you hungry yet? If you are in the mood for some classic and delicious German dishes, stop into Bierhaus in Patchogue today for some German comfort food and a refreshing Hofbrau on tap!