By Katherine Heck
Hallo, meine Freunde! As we begin the spring semester and return to college life as usual, the Maxcy Blog proceeds onward with its daily entries pertaining to international events, including my beat on German culture and tradition. For today’s post, I want to discuss German food, focusing specifically on four examples of cuisine from Bavaria. These delectable dishes are incredibly common throughout the state, and—if you ever gain the opportunity to visit Bavaria—I highly recommend that you try each food listed below! Sie sind sehr lecker! (They are very delicious!)
1. Weisswurst – White Sausage
Made from minced veal and pork back bacon, the Weisswurst, translated as “white sausage,” possesses a soft, tender flavor that marks the meat as unique among all sausages. The Weisswurst is typically served with Bretzeln (pretzels), Senf (mustard), and Weissbier (wheat beer)—however, one can only obtain this sausage prior to noon. According to an old Bavarian saying, “‘The sausages should not be allowed to hear the noon chime of the church bells’” (Porter).
2. Nuremberg Rostbratwurst – Nuremberg Grilled Sausage
Although the bratwurst is quite common throughout all Germany, the Nuremberg Rostbratwurst possesses a taste unique to its city of origin. I tried my first bratwurst at a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in Nuremberg—in traditional Bavarian style, I’d been given three brats in a Brötchen (bread roll). To this day, I haven’t eaten a single sausage that compares.
3. Bretzel – Pretzel
Possessing a crunchy, salted exterior with a doughy center, the Bretzel is a spectacular treat that one can find at any bakery or large celebration in Germany. What’s even more enticing is the fact that Bretzeln are often twice the size of the average American pretzel.
4. Käsespätzle – Cheese Noodles
One could compare Käsespätzle to our American Macaroni and Cheese. The dish consists of handmade egg noodles mixed with an Alpine cheese sauce and is often topped with onions, chives, or other spices. While common near the mountainous areas of Bavaria, Käsespätzle can also be found in other parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (“10 delicious specialties”).
Which dish would you like to try? Bis zum nächsten Mal!
Porter, Erin. “What to Eat at Oktoberfest (or Any Time You’re in Munich).” trippsavvy, 3 September 2018, https://www.tripsavvy.com/top-foods-to-eat-at-oktoberfest-munich-4174408.
“10 delicious specialties from Bavaria, Germany.” The Foodolic, 12 September 2016, https://thefoodolic.com/2016/09/12/my-top-10-must-try-regional-specialities-from-bavaria-germany/