➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Authentic regional and traditional German food is a wonderful way to pass on your German culture or to experience something new.
Many people think that German food is just sausages and sauerkraut, washed down with some beer. In actuality, it is SO MUCH MORE.
There are certain German foods that are the most popular and the ones that are missed the most by those living in other countries.
Check out the Top 10 German recipes especially if you're wanting to celebrate with traditional yummy foods.
Since Germany is divided into more than 50 regions that are based on landscape and geography, the foods eaten in each region differs greatly from one area to the next.
Politically, there are sixteen federal states and each one is unique in its history and cuisine.
Part of this hodgepodge of historical backgrounds is what makes German cuisine such an interesting mix of flavors, ingredients, methods, and tastes.
The countries that surround present-day Germany have been a real influence on what is eaten in that region. Not the same, but a direct influence.
Curious what the differences are? Let's travel to each one. Ready?
Click on the maps, below, to start your culinary journey!
Since I've visited all of these German states, I'll be able to pass on tidbits of information and interesting things I've learned. There's also a section for the favorite foods, especially related to the agriculture of the area.
If you're wanting to have a book that's filled with regional German cuisine, you'll find this one that's almost like a travelogue.
I spent a year doing the researching, and then all the cooking, writing, traveling and eating to finalize the book.
Filled with tidbits of regional info relating to the recipes, full-color photos, and step-by-step instructions, you'll enjoy not only cooking but also just reading this.
You'll find recipes such as Blumenkohl-Bombe (Cauliflower Bomb), Schmandschnitzel (Schnitzel with Cream Sauce), Labskaus (Corn Beef Hash), Pfefferpotthast (Peppered Beef Stew), and Krustenbraten (Roast Pork) ... all written in English, with both English (US) and metric measurements.
Take a peek at the book here ...
Germany is made up of the above mentioned 16 federal states. However, Germans really like to be identified with a region, of which there are more or less than 50 different ones, such as the Black Forest, the Spreewald, and the Alps. These are usually geographical areas that are differentiated from each other due to their landscape.
Similar to Italian gnocchi potato dumplings, these German potato noodles, Schupfnudeln, are a traditional side or main dish in southern Germany. So easy to make! Really!
Oma's German cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer. Since it's from the south, there's no cream in it which makes it a perfect picnic side!
Oma's best German potato salad recipe is traditional in northern Germany. Yes, it's made with mayonnaise. In the South, it's without mayo. Both authentic and wunderbar!
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