The German Food Story

The German Food Story
A traditional Bavarian spread , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Reflecting its rich history, food in Germany is a delight for the taste buds

OT Staff
March 23 , 2021
03 Min Read

The cuisine of Germany is reflective of its longstanding history. Inspired by traditions, cultures and local practices, the food in the country has a deeper meaning than what just appears on the surface. Not just reflecting native cultures, but also the ones that the country has imbibed over the years, the richness of the food here is something that travellers should look out for. Here are 5 German dishes that travellers can get their hands on to experience the true German culture:

Beef Stew
The traditional beef stew preparation
Traditionally known as Pfefferpotthast, the beef stew is a dish that is known far beyond the borders of Westphalia. Dating back many years, this dish has a long tradition and was first mentioned in a document in 1378. The dish consists of beef, pork and copious amounts of ground pepper in a rich, thick sauce. The lemon zest, lemon juice, capers and pickles on the side lend it the tangy and zesty flavour. Although dry wines go best with the dish, the locals go for a beer on most occasions. Owing to its rich legacy, every autumn the Pfefferpotthast festival is celebrated in Dortmund. 

Kothen Cobbler’s Hot Pot
Kothen Cobbler with pork and potatoes
One of the oldest recipes that the country has preserved, Kothen Cobbler’s hot pot is graced with pork, potatoes, pear and copious amounts of history. Kothen’s history goes back to the year 1115, while the recipe is still popular today. With roasted pork, baked potatoes and perfectly complimenting sweet pear, this unique dish goes well with green salad and chives and is best paired with red wine. 

Pork Knuckle
Grilled pork with potato wedges
Pork Knuckle seems to be the favourite in large parts of Bavaria. The dish comes in two varieties—seared heartily and crispy over an open fire or cured and traditionally cooked. Although liked universally across the two variants, the grilled one is a unique treat when combined with a spicy sauce, hearty potatoes or bread dumplings. According to locals, it is best cherished with wheat beer.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage rolls in tomato sauce
This light and easy to cook dish is a staple throughout the year. Although it tastes better on cooler days, it is cherished by locals and travellers at any given time. These hearty stuffed rolls consist of rye bread, minced meat, diced onion and rye bread croutons. The dish comes with different components and textures including the meat, tangy cabbage and the sauce. Like other German dishes, these stuffed cabbage rolls are also served with a side of potatoes. If we go by recommendations, the favourite pairing with cabbage rolls would be a Malbec, or a food-friendly red wine. 

Lyoner Pan
The white sausage with a side of potatoes
Cherished widely by the citizens of Saarland, the Lyoner Pfanne or Lyoner Pan is a simple dish with only a few ingredients doing the magic. Comprising Lyoner sausage, mushrooms and jacket potatoes. Lending the dish its rich and textured flavours are the spring onions, garlic, spices and butter and herbs. As for the pairings, opt for a Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, or a Chardonnay.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.



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