The foods of GermanyRegional Specialties
Each region in Germany has its own specialties and variations. The southern region of Germany share many specialties that reach over to Austria and Switzerland. In the southwest, cooking is greatly influenced by French cooking. Cooking in the eastern region has more of an Eastern European flavor. There are also foods that are shared by all regions, but prepared differently.
Germans love rich, hearty cuisine, though each area of Germany has its own definition of what a traditional meal looks like.
Pork is the most consumed meat, according to the German Food Guide. Schweinshaxe (braised pork hock) and Saumagen (pork stomach) are a couple of traditional pork dishes.
Bratwurst, a form of sausage, is closely associated with German food. Cabbage, beets, and turnips are commonly incorporated into meals, as they are native to the region, and potatoes and sauerkraut are also stars of German cuisine.
Almost everything begins with bread in Germany, but there are a lot of wonderful things to put on it. Sausage is definitely well associated with Germany and for good reason. Each region, and even each city, will have a particular type of Wurst that is “theirs” though the regional variations can be found all over.
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Appetizer recipesChicken liver mousse Ham and cheese toast
Main recipesBraised endives in beer Grilled pork chops with red onion marmalade Jaeger schnitzel Old fashion beef stew Puff pastry rochoises Roast loin of pork with prunes Seared chicken breast with red onion vinaigrette Tarragon roasted chicken Winter squash soup
Side dishes recipesBraised red cabbage Broccoli cauliflower gratin Broccoli stems cabbage slaw Brussels Sprout and radicchio Slaw Creamy cauliflower purée Herb roasted potatoes Leeks au gratin Marinated onions Mixed cabbage salad Onion braid Potato cake Warm brussels sprout salad
Dessert recipesApple cake Apple sauce cake Apple strudel Banana cake Bee sting cake or bienenstich Blackberry mousse terrine Blueberry basic pie filling Chocolate almond cake Chocolate creme caramel Chocolate mocha torte Cider apples Country apple cake Dutch apple pie Flambeed bananas Flamed apples Jelly-filled pears in puff pastry with caramel sauce Meringue apple tart Peach-raspberry beggars purses Poppy seed chocolate torte Prune kumquat sticky pudding with armagnac toffee sauce Prune soufflés Rhubarb tart with orange-ginger glaze Strawberry linzertorte Vanilla custards
Apple and curry soup Apple cake Apple sauce cake Apple strudel Banana cake Bee sting cake or bienenstich Blackberry mousse terrine Blueberry basic pie filling Braised endives in beer Braised red cabbage Broccoli cauliflower gratin Broccoli stems cabbage slaw Brussels Sprout and radicchio Slaw Chicken liver mousse Chicken paté Chocolate almond cake Chocolate creme caramel Chocolate mocha torte Chocolate shortcakes cookies Cider apples Country apple cake Creamy cauliflower purée Dutch apple pie Flambeed bananas Flamed apples Gingerbread trees with lemon icing Grilled pork chops with red onion marmalade Ham and cheese toast Herb roasted potatoes Jaeger schnitzel Jelly-filled pears in puff pastry with caramel sauce Leeks au gratin Marinated onions Meringue apple tart Mixed cabbage salad Old fashion beef stew Onion braid Peach-raspberry beggars purses Poppy seed chocolate torte Potato cake Prune kumquat sticky pudding with armagnac toffee sauce Prune soufflés Puff pastry rochoises Rhubarb tart with orange-ginger glaze Roast loin of pork with prunes Sausage stuffing with cranberry and corn Seared chicken breast with red onion vinaigrette Strawberry linzertorte Tarragon roasted chicken Vanilla custards Warm brussels sprout salad Whipped cream chocolate icing Winter squash soup
Cooking in Germany