With a rich food history that incorporates influences of Austrian, Swiss, French, Belgian, Dutch and Polish cuisine, among many more, the world of German food is far and wide indeed! In this blog I will write about North German goodies you should try!
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Meals from the north of Germany
I am aware that listing all the tasty meals Germany has to offer would take a tad bit long, however, and so I will focus on my personal favourite German recipes, in no particular order:
Rouladen – German goodies
“Rouladen? What is that?”-you may be asking yourself. Well, fear not, for I shall explain this German dinner!
Rouladen are made from thin, long slices of beef, veal or pork, filled with pickles, onions, bacon and mustard, all rolled up and bound together with string (which is removed, ideally before eating).
They are then browned in a pan before being simmered to perfection in a big pot; before being served with dumplings, a thick gravy sauce and vegetables, for example glazed carrots.
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Fischbrötchen – German food specialty
Fischbrötchen. Ah yes, the Fischbrötchen. Simple, common and liked by many, this is simply a bread roll filled with ones preferred type of aquatic craniate and garnished with a variety of sauces, pickles and onion, as well as salad.
It is a go-to snack for many near the coast and, thanks to the magic of the refrigerator, also available for consumption in other parts of Germany, often being sold from little stands in front of supermarkets or at fairs.
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Grünkohl – Typical German dinner
The Grünkohl; a typical German recipe so strongly associated with certain regions in Germany that it probably qualifies as a stereotype.
This variant of the Kale plant is a staple of northern German food and also culture, being a traditional autumn- and winterfood. The kale is harvested no earlier than September, and thus associated by many with having comfy dinners while it´s cold and rainy outside.
The kale is traditionally boiled and seasoned, before being served with potatoes, meat and sausages.
An interesting way of consuming the Grünkohl is the so-called “Kohltour”, which can range from a nice walk with a rewarding dinner at the end to a drinking trip masquerading as a social event in which groups of people walk/hike to a restaurant serving Grünkohl, their passage helped along by the ingestion of copious amounts of alcohol.
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Spargel – German food recipes
The Spargel, also known as “white gold” or aparagus for the English speakers amongst us, is one of the absolute favorites of us Germans. Sure, the Grünkohl is well known, and so are bread, beer and pretzels, but none of them have their own season.
Spargel, however, does. Sale begins in the middle of April, and ends on the 24th of June and when it is “Spargelzeit” in Germany, you will most definitively notice!
Little white stands pop up on what feels like every street corner; selling asparagus to people, as supermarkets do likewise. Restaurants will offer special asparagus dinners and buffets, and many people either take them up on that offer, or cook their own at home.
German-style asparagus is traditionally served with sauce hollandaise or melted butter, alongside potatoes and boiled ham, or other kinds of meat as one prefers.
Bratwurst – German goodies
As much as I dislike sweeping generalizations and stereotypes, for example those pertaining to us Germans and our like for sausages, this particular meal comes closest to uniting all Germans behind a sausage.
Made from finely ground meat boiled in water, the Bratwurst is then roasted on a barbecue before being served with a small bread roll, a slice of toast or as a currywurst with sauce and curry powder.
It is the undisputed king of to-go meals at almost any event in Germany, be it soccer games, other sports happenings, building openings, or fairs and markets. If there are bigger groups of people invited to any kind of public event, you can bet there will be at least one bratwurst booth to sell them some sausages and fries. Of course, once summer rolls around the Germans will also light their barbecues at home, and there too the bratwurst is a common sight.
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