Brats, Wursts, Schnitzel & Spaetzle- Taste of Germany


You don’t have to go to far before you can find a Bratwurst, schnitzel or any number of German favorites while wandering the streets of Munich or Planegg Germany.

If you are lucky enough you will enjoy the combination of one of your favorite German foods while having it in one of Germany’s oldest beer houses or brewery’s of some of the worlds most famous beers.
To have as a nice side you need to try a specialty potato salad that originates from Germany commonly called

Kartoffesalat

This salad is a nice change to the traditional potato salad that we all had growing up…..and trust me when I say that even within the different regions of Germany you will find other variations but most seem to be vinegar based as opposed to what we are used to being egg and mayonnaise based.
Some variations: bacon added or tomatoes added etc…
the basic salad will have a vinegar base with likely some onion and mustard seeds or mustard and simple seasoning such as salt & pepper and parsley.

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shown is a Brat on a fresh bun with Kartoffesalat
Both we were delicious and a nice representation of the Bavarian region that we were visiting.

The selection of Bratwurst or Schnitzels are are similar but with a play on added flavor…..
Another flavorful dish tried was Currywurst basically similar to a brat or Kielbasa with a brown sauce mostly made from a tomato chili based sauce and finished with curry powder for a twist on flavors. This dish is a popular “fast food” dish in Berlin.

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It is usually served with fries and no bun…. Try one for a kick up in flavor!

Wiener Schnitzel another common dish found in Germany or Austria with many different debates on its origin. Some say that it was first seen in Vienna during the 15th or 16th century and that it may have been brought to Austria by the German troops during the Battle of Vienna….one can’t be sure where it exactly originated but you can be sure that it is enjoyed in many parts of the world and is either called a schnitzel or a cutlet
Variations:
Jäger schnitzel – which is not breaded and usually served with a cream mushroom sauce.

Naturschnitzel – also not breaded but sautéed and served with a simple sauce such as pan drippings and topped with a dollop of sour cream

Rahmschnitzel – (cream schnitzel) breaded and served with a cream mushroom sauce (as seen below)

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As mentioned many country’s have variations of something similar, but expand your palate and try these wonderful dishes if you are visiting Germany or Austria or around the region……and enjoy the simple variations in flavors or textures….
One possible misperception of “Wiener Schnitzel” is that wiener is inside…..it’s not, you will commonly find veal, chicken and turkey used in most German or Austrian schnitzels as well as Italian cutlets.

Last but not least, Spaetzle these little taste treats are basically a traditional German dumpling based from flour, milk and eggs….. They are best had fresh and seasoned lightly as they can compliment your Schnitzel dish and soak up the nice mushroom gravy sauces. This dish is served just as we would potato or pasta as a side dish. The dish is commonly found lightly seasoned may be served with bacon bits inside or plain.
They are small and easy to eat……..

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I hope that you enjoyed my little tour of a few common and delicious German foods…. It is a journey that will enjoy if you happen into the right genuine Schnitzel house or Beer house. Try some local fare and ask the locals where you will find your best schnitzel or wurst……

You GottaTry This!

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Husband, father, coach, volunteer, foodie, amateur chef....love of food from the soul, true flavors that come from heart and soul, Love all things Italian, love to travel to new places as well a familiar spots....dare to dream, experiment and expand your palate and embrace how food from the soul connects friends, family and new aquaintences. share ideas and wanderlust travel experiences with my blog...let me know if there is something that you want me to blog on or write about....Enjoy every moment of everyday. Follow me on Twitter @BCfoodieblogger and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/BC-Foodie-Blogger-Westcoast-Foodie-Blogger

Posted on August 29, 2012, in Wanderlust - travel and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mouth is watering just looking at that great food! Only thing better was seeing first hand how much you enjoyed the culinary journey while in Germany. Your blogs and passion for food have re-kindled my own. Looking forward to your next post…

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