German food goes beyond just beer. Germany also boasts of numerous delectable diets or dishes that will leave you salivating and asking for more.
In popular cities Berlin, there are lots of dishes which were adopted from foreign cultures and have evolved to have that German look in them. German diets are heavily made up of potatoes, meat, flour, and beer. Agriculture is not prominent in Germany, most ingredients used in preparing dishes in the country are imported which makes them expensive.
Although she’s not an agricultural-based country, she still excels in potatoes farming. Potato has a long history in German dishes, you can hardly see a German meal that excludes the use of Potatoes. Germany produces 8.9 million tons of potato per year, making her the 7th largest producer in the world.
Popular German diets are mostly made up of meat (lots of meat), potatoes, bread, wine, and beer. However, with the exposure of Germany to the outside world, many delicious dishes (mostly experimental) are on the rise, especially in Berlin. What are the most popular diets that you can find in Germany? Let’s take a look at some.
SCHNITZEL AND SPÄTZLE
Schnitzel is a popular German dish made from covering a thin slice of meat with flour, dipped in beaten egg, and fried in oil or butter. It is usually garnished with potato salad and a little lemon. Spätzle is usually served alongside Schnitzel. It’s a form of noodles or pasta made from eggs. While trying out Schnitzel, make sure you eat it alongside Spätzle. These two make up a popular diet in Germany.
SAUERBRATEN AND ROTKOHL
If you’ve ever walked into any German-style restaurant, you likely would have come across this national meat stew prepared from roasted pork or beef. It is commonly served with Rotkohl (red cabbage), Knödle, and potatoes. It’s a diet that many Germans consume on daily basis.
Sauerbraten translates to “sour roast”. Usually, the addition of sugar, honey, raisins, sugar beet syrup, etc helps in making the sourness moderate and keeping the acidity level in check. Sauerbraten served with Rotkhol is popular and considered a national meal of Germany.
BRATWURST AND SAUERKRAUT
Bratwurst served with sauerkraut is popular in Germany especially on the streets. This tasty sausage is made from pork and seasoned with caraway, coriander, pepper, nutmeg, marjoram, etc. Serving it with an Oktoberfest beer makes it more delectable.
A flavourful and crispy deep-fried potato pancake that leaves you begging for more. No, this is not like the regular pancakes you’re used to. Kartoffelpuffer gives a unique delicious taste that reminds you that you’re in Germany. Serving Kartoffelpuffer with an apple sauce is the perfect way to enjoy it.
One can’t talk about German food and diets without mentioning Beer. Think Beer, Think Germany. Oktoberfest, a German festival is dedicated to making merry and enjoying the best beers in Germany especially within Bavaria. About 6.3 million people visit Munich every year to taste the best beers Germany has to offer. Trying out some beer while in Germany is a good way to connect with the German culture. Popular beers include Pilsner, Märzen, Kölsch, Weissbier, Dunkel, etc.
While German diets are focused on meat and potatoes, they offer plenty of proteins to grow the body and carbohydrates to keep you going. Breakfasts in Germany are usually heavy and it gets lighter at lunch and dinner, with dinner being the lightest. Meat and potato are the cornerstones of German diets.