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German Cuisine

History of Germany

German Food History
Food in Germany is very important. During the 18th century, King Frederick II brought the potato, which has since become a German essential. He provided his people with seed potatoes and showed them how to make them grow. After World War II in 1949, Germany was divided between the east and west. The division caused the development of individual and different types of cooking in East Germany and West Germany. For instance, since East Germany was closely linked to Russia, the foods became a little more Russian, but the food of West Germany maintained the traditional roots.

Labskaus - popular dish in Germany

About German Food

Traditional Food in Germany
Many Germans eat heavier and more filling meals. They include large portions of bread and meat. The typical German meal is made up of pears, bacon, potatoes and beans. German desserts with apples are also common.
Breakfast is called früstück, and this meal is often made up of cheese, eggs, meat and rolls with jam. Coffee and tea are also common. For most Germans, the largest daily meal is lunch, also called Mittagessen, that is enjoyed around noon. Dinner is called Abendessen or Abendbrot. It has traditionally been a smaller meal that is made up of only meat or sausage, cheeses, breads and some type of vegetables. This meal is a lot like breakfast. The dining habits of the Germans have recently changed, so many people choose to have their dinner be the larger of the three daily meals.


German Dishes

Map of the Germany

        Dishes from Germany

  • Steckrübeneintopf - This is a traditional German favorite. It is a stew made of potatoes, carrots and pickled or smoked meat or sausage.
  • Weisswurst - This Bavarian sausage is a traditional favorite. It is made out of finely chopped veal and pork bacon.
  • Zwiebelkuchen - This is a pie with a crust made out of diced bacon, cream, steamed onions and caraway seed.
  • Sauerkraut - This worldwide favorite is cabbage that is finely shredded and is fermented with lactic acid bacteria.
  • Rheinishcher Sauerbraten - These are large beef pieces that have been marinated in a mixture of water and vinegar for a long time before they are baked.
  • Hochzeitsuppe - This favorite is meat broth that is spicy and contains liver dumplings, bread dumplings and thin pancakes.
  • Labskaus - This dish is made out of herring, corned beef, beetroot, mashed potatoes and is served alongside a pickled cucumber and a fried egg.
  • Mettbrötchen - This is meat put on rolls of bread that are often garnished with raw onion rings.
  • Hasenpfeffer - This is a stew made out of marinated rabbit.
  • Bratwurst - Made of beef, veal or pork, these sausages are grilled or fried and served with sauerkraut or potato salad.

German Drink

          Drink in Germany

  • Apfelsaftschorle - This is a very popular German soft drink made of carbonated mineral water and apple juice.
  • Beer - The Germans have different types of beer including pale beer, dark beer and wheat beer.
  • Wine - In Germany, wine is just as popular as beer. Common types include Silvaner and Riesling. Red wines include Spätburgunder and Dornfelder.
  • Schnapps - This is an alcoholic drink that has been distilled. It is clear and has a fruit flavoring.

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