Germany has a lot to offer in culinary terms – and not just currywurst! Here are the top 10 most popular German dishes in the world
German food is rich, hearty and simply tastes incredibly good. No wonder it is practically world-famous. Here we have collected the top 10 most popular German dishes for you – they are not only very popular with us, but are also known and enjoyed all over the world.
Place 10: Spaghetti Ice Cream
Spaghetti ice cream was invented in 1969 by the Italian Dario Fontanella in Mannheim. Since he did not patent his spaghetti ice cream, it is now available in almost every ice cream parlor in Germany. During production, vanilla ice cream is pressed through a special ice cream press, which makes it look like spaghetti. It is then placed over a pile of whipped cream and garnished with strawberry sauce and white chocolate chips.
9th place: potato pancakes
Fried potato pancakes are so popular in Germany that we have more than 40 names for them. They are known as potato pancakes, potato pancakes, potato pancakes, potato fritters and so on and so forth. Potato pancakes, another epitome of German street food (for example from the Christmas market), are often served with applesauce or herb quark.
8th place: onion pie
This hearty yeast cake usually comes from the tray and is prepared with steamed onions, eggs, sour cream, diced bacon and spices. In the south, the onion cake is often enjoyed with the German Federweisser. In most of the towns along the Moselle in particular, people flock to marketplaces and vineyards in early October to drink a glass of Federweisser and enjoy crispy, freshly made onion tarts.
Rank 7: Sauerbraten
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Sauerbraten is one of the German national dishes. However, there are various regional differences in Franconia, Thuringia, Rhineland, Saarland, Silesia and Swabia. Pot roast takes a while to prepare, but the result, which is often served at family dinners, is really worth the work. Sauerbraten was traditionally made with horse meat, but these days beef is increasingly used. The sauerbraten is traditionally served with red cabbage, potato dumplings or boiled potatoes.
6th place: cheese spaetzle
Spaetzle originally come from Baden-Württemberg. The noodles are essentially a type of pasta that is traditionally served as an accompaniment to meat dishes or in soups. The cheese spaetzle variant is an extremely popular dish in southern Germany, especially in Swabia, Bavaria and the Allgäu region. Here, hot spaetzle and grated cheese are alternately layered and finally garnished with fried onions.
5th place: Schnitzel
Some might argue that schnitzel came from Austria and not Germany, but its origins are actually Italian. However, this controversy did not prevent breaded and fried schnitzel from becoming very popular with us. While the Wiener Schnitzel is only made with veal, the German version is made from tender pork or turkey and has become a cornerstone of most traditional restaurant menus.
4th place: Doner Kebab
The kebab was brought to Germany by Turkish immigrants in the 1960s. One of the earliest street vendors has been selling doner kebab sandwiches in West Berlin’s Zoo Station since 1972. From there, the court conquered first West and East Berlin and then the rest of Germany. The initially simple dish developed into a culinary delight with plenty of salad, vegetables (sometimes grilled) and a large selection of sauces and toppings. Meanwhile, vegetarian and vegan versions are becoming increasingly popular.
3rd place: Currywurst
Okay, this list can’t do without the currywurst. For the classic of the German street food scene, fried sausages are used, which are usually served with french fries and curry ketchup. Around 800 million curry sausages are consumed in Germany every year.
2nd place: Maultaschen
Maultaschen from Swabia are very similar to ravioli, but larger. They are usually square dumplings with fillings that range from savory to sweet and meaty to vegetarian. A traditional combination is minced meat, breadcrumbs, onions and spinach – all seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley. They are boiled in water and served with broth instead of sauce, but they can also be fried and buttered.
1st place: Königsberger Klopse
Named after the former East Prussian capital Königsberg (now Kaliningrad in Russia), this delicious dish made of meatballs in a creamy white sauce with capers is loved by grandmothers and chefs alike. The meatballs are traditionally made from minced veal, onions, eggs, anchovies, pepper and other spices. The capers and lemon juice of the sauce give this filling an extraordinary taste. They are particularly popular in Berlin and Brandenburg.