When we Americans think of German food, beer steins and brats come to mind.
And if you didn't grow up in a family with German decent, this might be your only reference to German cuisine (we won't hold it against you!) But, as global cuisines take hold in the U.S., German food has indeed begun sprouting up on menus. We'll outline here some of the common German dishes, so that if you happen upon a good German restaurant, you will look like a pro when it comes to having your order taken.
- Eintopf: A German stew that contains broth, vegetables, potatoes and meat.
- Spaetzle: Soft egg noodles or dumplings.
- Kartoffelpuffer: Potato pancakes that are fried in butter and served both savory and sweet.
- Schnitzel: Boneless meat (often times pork, veal chicken or beef) that has been tenderized, breaded and fried.
- Wurst: Surely, you have heard of bratwurst, but did you know that hundreds of types of German sausages exist? Be adventurous and try something new, or go for the old classic with sauerkraut.