Best German food: Traditional German cuisine “Hausmannskost”
Most people have heard of, and drooled over, a delicious piece of Apfelstrudel. Although Apfelstrudel is definitely one of the best German foods, there’s a lot more to German food than just apple pie. It may not be world renowned, but it is the epitome of comfort food, and this list of the best German food will give you some hints of what to try when you’re in Germany.
The southern Germans get a little annoyed when you describe Spätzle as ‘Pasta’, though that’s more or less what it is. The ingredients are mixed together into a firm dough, which is put through a Spätzle press to make it into small strips or little squares, and then boiled. You could stop here, add some sauce to your Spätzle, and have a delicious meal; or – and this is why Käsespätzle is one of the best German foods – you could add an enormous amount of cheese, put it in the oven for a while, and have a delicious, cheesy, creamy dish you just won’t be able to get enough of. To round it all off, you can throw some crispy roasted onions (Röstzwiebeln) on top of your Käsespätzle, and add a side salad with a lovely, tangy dressing.
These delicious dumplings are made out of potato or bread, and they are usually quite big. When someone puts a plate with three Knödel in front of you, your first thought might be ‘that’s not enough food!’, but rest assured that half way through your first Knödel, you might just start to change your mind. They come in different tastes, such as cheese, beetroot, and even apple. They are usually covered in a creamy sauce, which keeps them moist and adds to the taste, making them one of the best German foods.
You could say that Maultaschen is a German version of the Italian ravioli, but you’re better off not doing that (refer to similar note on Spätzle). This dish consists of pasta squares filled with delicious fillings – usually minced meat, and usually pork, but there are also vegetarian options such as spinach. The little pasta parcels are cooked in water with broth and dressed with sauce, or just butter. Some people even eat them with the broth, as a soup. It doesn’t matter how you eat them, they are always delicious.
Schnitzel/ Cordon Bleu
Now this is a world renowed German food, and rightly so. You can get two types of schnitzel: pork, or cow. The pork type is the most popular, but if you don’t eat pork, just be sure to ask what meat they use in the restaurant where you’re eating. Schnitzel is, as you may well know, a thinly sliced piece of meat, covered in breadcrumbs, and fried to a golden crust. Schnitzel is definitely one of the best German foods, but the secret to the best schnitzel lies in a combination of lean meat, good quality breadcrumbs, and frying it in just enough oil to make it crispy, but not greasy. If you’re vegetarian, you might even find veggie versions of schnitzel in one of the many vegan restaurants in Germany.
Cordon Bleu is a dish very similar to Schnitzel. The difference is, that the Cordon Bleu comes filled with cheese and ham in the middle. Very delicious combination!
Germany is very well known for its sausages, and this stereotype exists for a good reason: Germany does have the best sausages in the world! The variety is endless; you can get Bratwurst, Currywurst (a kind of hot dog sausage cut up into pieces and covered in curry-ketchup sauce), Saitenwurst, etc. You can’t go to Germany and not have a sausage, they’re everywhere! And they usually come in a lovely crusty bread, with ketchup and mustard. Definitely one of the most famous – and best – German foods.
This one might come as a surprise, but Germany has a wide, amazing, delicious variety of bread on offer. The most famous bread is perhaps the dark wholemeal bread – a dense, nutty, slightly moist bread that is usually laden with different types of seeds. There are several bakeries on every street corner, all providing loyal customers with their daily bread and baked goods. The choice is so wide that you can try different types of bread, cakes, and pastries, everyday while you’re staying in Germany.
Although when consumed in great quantities German food can feel quite stodgy, due to its dishes consisting mainly of carbs and protein, it is also incredibly tasty and reminiscent of grandma’s cooking – it leaves you feeling right at home, especially on cold winter nights. So go ahead and give these dishes a try, and see for yourself why they’re rated amongst some of the best German food.