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German Food Savory

Until the late 19th century there was no "Germany" so the country has no "national cuisine", instead the variety of very different regional cuisines and their differences are a culinary adventure.

A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen star
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a traditional dinner choice.

Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit' star
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. These are just two of the delicious German recipes for Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.

Cheese Hedgehog, a Party Snack Recipe star
Kaeseigel, the Cheese Hedgehog, a "Retro" party snack from Germany. Enjoying a popular and widespread renaissance it was the ultimate cold buffet food during the 1960's and 1970's, and is now just as likely to be found accompanying a summer BBQ as a snack during winter months.

Chestnut Soup, German Recipe star
Chestnuts are among many things that the Romans introduced to "Germania", and during fall and winter they are a favorite for "Food Foraging". Used as a base for many traditional German dishes one of the most popular is Chestnut Soup, with variations that range from simple to the exotic.

Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe star
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.

Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe star
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.

German Farmer's Breakfast Recipe star
A German "Bauernfruehstueck", Farmer's Breakfast, has many variations but is basically a large hash of potatoes, ham or bacon and onions, which, especially in the colder months, not only makes a delicious and popular addition to a breakfast table but at any time of the day.

German Hot Potato Salad Recipe star
Potato salads have become a favorite throughout Europe but "Warm Potato Salads" originated in Germany, where they have been a popular staple of the country’s cuisine for centuries.

German Potato Pancakes Recipes star
Pumpkin left over and no idea what to do with it, Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, is a recipe which will use up extra pumpkin, but also become a family favorite without it. Or simply want a different potato recipe? Then how about Apple Potato Pancakes?

German Spaetzle Recipes star
Spaetzle. What are they and how are they served. Documented back as far as the 11th Century, it is a traditional German pasta dish that played an important role in every day diets until potatoes were finally accepted in Germany. Try some popular regional Spaetzle favorites.

Grilled Fish on a Stick Recipe star
Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest in Germany would not be the same without 'Steckerlfisch' for those who like fish and have hunger pangs. It's a Bavarian specialty, a well seasoned grilled fish complete with head, tail and a stick running through it. And ideal for a BBQ.

Lent, Monks and a Maultaschen Recipe star
With their special beers and secret recipes Germany´s monks ensured the Lenten Fast to Easter was never all about deprivation. Their traditions and the food that went with them have become year round favorites, including "Herrgottsbescheisserle", Little Cheaters of the Lord. Maultaschen, an over sized ravioli.

Monk's Chicken, 13th Lent Century Recipe star
Medieval monks really knew how to twist the rule book during Fasts like Lent, and this 13th century recipe, with chicken breasts rather than the "Fish not Fowl" Beaver Tails used in the Middle Ages, is a delicious example.

Obatzda, Beer Garden Favorite, Recipes star
A Bavarian Beer Garden without "Obatzda" on the menu would be hard to find. A spicy mixture of different cheeses, always flavored with paprika whatever additional ingredients are included it's a favorite Bavarian specialty really worth trying.

Ostalgie and Nostalgic East German Recipes star
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day, the queues were long and legendary, and a banana was to be seen on television but not in a shop. Appetizing and healthy food was served nevertheless, and here are some favorite recipes from the time.

Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumpling Recipes star
Koelner Martinsgans is a delicious St. Martin’s Goose speciality from Cologne, Germany and a meal to be enjoyed at any time, not only on St. Martin’s Day, November 11th. A winter favourite, and often made for Christmas or New Year celebrations, its traditional accompaniments are Red Cabbage and Dumplings and here are the recipes.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe star
A delicious spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe which is often served for St. Martin´s Day and Halloween. Ideal for a chilly late autumn night. Especially as it is also colourful, vitamin packed and nutritious.

Schnitzel, a Breaded Cutlets Recipe star
Their original inspiration was an Emperor's love of meat covered with gold leaf. Germany’s Schnitzel - thin breaded cutlets, delicious, simple to make, and in all their variations, different types of meat, vegetarian alternatives, sauces, are one of Germany’s favorite meals.

Schnitzels and Their Sauces Recipes star
Breaded meat cutlets in Germany are 'Schnitzels', and traditional German Schnitzels are not only easy to make, they have sauces or variations named after everything from 'Barons' and 'Gypsies' to 'Hunters' and 'Blue Ribbons'.

Southern German Potato Salad Recipes star
Look no further than these traditional, and delicious, recipes from Southern Germany for something a little different to enjoy on a warm summer evening. ´Kartoffel´ Salad specialities from two neighbouring states, Baden Wurttemberg and Bavaria, and a refreshing sparkling wine based Fruit ´Bowle´.

Spaetzle, German Noodles Recipe star
German Spaetzle, little egg rich pasta noodles or dumplings, have been one of Southern Germany's "Comfort Foods" for centuries, and have not only spread all over the country but across the world. A treasured memory from home for German emigrants. Short history and authentic recipe.

Strammer Max, Germany's 'Anytime' Sandwich star
Strammer Max has been one of Germany's most popular 'anytime' meals for generations. Delicious and simple to put together it's an open faced sandwich combination with regional variations, but always including an egg. Here are the recipes and all of them are worth trying.

White Asparagus Soup Recipe star
White Asparagus Soup, Deutsche Spargel Suppe, is a 'must' during Germany's Spargelzeit. Two months beginning in April, when the white asparagus season is in full flow with Fruehlingswonne, "Springtime Delight", and entire menu's are dedicated to a "Royal Vegetable's" white stalks.

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