Favorite German Foods, In Germany and In the U.S.A.

Did you know that German’s tend to eat heavy and hearty meals with lots of meat and bread? I did not, but I think I love German food! Ask your Au Pair to prepare an authentic German meal for you and the kids. You may be surprised how much you love the flavors. Let’s eat!

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Why not start with dessert? Other than Black Forest Cake and Marzipan, two famous German exports, Bayrisch Creme and Prinzregententorte and my favorites. I love the creamy, light taste of this fresh pudding-like dessert as well as the butter cream frosting between each layer of the rich, chocolate cake! If you are not full, let’s move on to a main dish.

Bayrisch Creme Bayerische Creme.JPG Dessert A very light, fluffy, and not too sweet dessert made from gelatin, milk, cream, egg yolk, and sugar.
Prinzregententorte Prinzregententorte.jpg Cake A cake that consists of six thin cake layers with chocolate buttercream in between.

Beer is very popular in Germany, as it is an integral part of German society. Up until recently, beer production in Germany was strictly controlled by what is known as Reinheitsgebot, or the Bavarian Purity Law. This decree mandated that beer be made only from limited ingredients (water, barley and hops). A greater range of ingredients has been allowed since 1993, but additives still must be removed as much as possible in the final product.

Have you ever been to a pig roast? We have raised our own and hosted a few, including a birthday party when my father-in-law turned fifty. Guess what? We are not the only culture to enjoy a delicious pig cooked over an open flame, in the company of friends of course! Germans call it a spanferkel, but it is a good, old-fashioned pig roast!

Spanferkel Ganzes Spanferkel.jpg Throughout Germany A grilled whole young pig, usually eaten in a large company of friends or guests

Beef – it’s what’s for dinner! Being a beef-loving American, I can never get enough, but combine it with bacon and onions, I’m yours! (Okay, just for dinner!) Rouladen, thin beef rolled around bacon and onions, with mustard, can also have pickle in it too. It is prepared in a delicious gravy that just screams for a big roll or biscuit.

Rouladen Rinderroulade-zutaten-02.JPG Throughout Germany A roulade of bacon and onions wrapped in thinly sliced beef

One of the most popular German foods, both here and in Germany, is sauerkraut. Not my personal favorite, but my husband and father-in-law love it on their saugies. I prefer a boiled meal with cabbage, but that is the Irish in me!

Sauerkraut Kiszona kapusta.JPG Throughout Germany Fermented shredded cabbage

Potatoes are a staple in the German diet as well, which makes me happy. And pork! Does anyone remember BACON? Yes, bacon is pork and one of my favorite German dishes has both, and onions! What more could a girl want? Beer of course! Yes, Germany is famous for its dark brews and wheat beer, delicious to wash down the Bratkartoffeln. This dish, pictured below, is made of fried potatoes with bacon and onions, and served throughout the country. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Enjoy!

Bratkartoffeln Bratkartoffeln 1024 768.jpg Throughout Germany Fried potatoes, often with diced bacon and/or onions
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