10 Most Popular German Dishes
Popular German Dishes : Sauerbraten
If there is a national dish of German cuisine, that is Sauerbraten. Sauerbraten (“sour roast”) is a pot roast which can be made with different kinds of meat – usually pork or beef, but also lamb, mutton, and even the meat of a horse or a deer. While it has a number of regional variations, Sauerbraten is always marinated in a mixture of vinegar and wine, herbs and spices, and left like that for three to four days so that it is tender and soft, after which it is roasted. This dish is usually served with cabbage, potatoes, and dumplings.
Popular German Dishes : Asparagus in White Sauce
Germans adore meat, but they are absolutely crazy about asparagus, which they call spargel, and they eat more of this vegetable than does any other nation. Every household and restaurant serves some variation of asparagus. Asparagus in white sauce is made with butter, white wine, sour cream, ham, and a bit of parsley and nutmeg.
Popular German Dishes : Sauerkraut
Cabbage is very popular in Germany, especially “sour cabbage,” or sauerkraut. It is made by a process of lactic acid fermentation in which cabbage is layered with salt and fermented so that it gets its sour flavor. In Germany, sauerkraut is usually made with juniper berries, chopped apples, spices, and white wine.
Popular German Dishes : Rouladen
Rouladen is yet another meat dish, made with thin slices of pork, veal or beef which are wrapped around bacon, chopped onions, pickles, and mustard, and sometimes minced meat and sausage. Red wine marinade is often used for this dish.
Popular German Dishes: Eintopf
A warm dish for a cold day, eintopf (meaning “one pot”) is a stew consisting of vegetables and meat. Its basic ingredients include: broth, vegetables, potatoes or noodles, and rice, as well as meat or sausage.
Popular German Dishes : Wurst
Sausage is one of the first things that comes to mind when we think of Germany, and it can be bought at every food stall. While there are more than a thousand different types of German sausage, the most popular is made with pork and spices.
Popular German Dishes: Labskaus
This dish from Northern Germany was initially popular among sailors, and it is said to be a good hangover cure. It is made with salted meat – usually beef – as well as potatoes and onions, and often with fish, eggs, and vegetables
Popular German Dishes : Kasespatzle
Popular in Southern Germany, Kasespatzle is a German version of pasta. The main ingredients of these soft egg noodles are: eggs, flour, and salt, and it is served with cheese and roasted onions. Kasespatzle contains no meat, but it usually accompanies meat dishes. It is served hot, straight from the pan.
Popular German Dishes : German Apple Pancakes
German Apple Pancakes combine two favorite German desserts: pancakes and caramelized apples. There are many different recipes for German Apple Pancakes, but they are all made with very thin egg batter, apples, and pancakes, and usually are topped with whipped cream.
Popular German Dishes : Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte)
Black Forest Cake is definitely the king of German desserts which few can resist. This cherry sponge cake topped with whipped cream consists of many layers of chocolate, (maraschino) cherries, and chocolate shavings. Kirschwasser – a fruit brandy made with sour cherries – is usually added to the cake.