Just to prove I have done other things besides watch television shows during my time home…
By a mile, the most common question I am asked by people at home is something like, “What the heck do you eat in Germany?” You can tell people all you want, but in this case, I decided it was the perfect excuse for a get together and show off some of my favorite German dishes. I had ideas of what to make, but the grocery store had ultimate decision making power and lucky my local HEB served pretty well. Heck, I even found Spatzle!
Bread, Butter & Cheese
My mom found German bread mix in the international aisle at the grocery store and immediately dusted off the bread maker that’s been in the garage for easily 5 years. I must say though, it turned out pretty great. It was dense, as German bread should be, and had a nice flavor that went well with plain butter or the cheeses. The cheese pictured is less than German, as it is a Havarti with jalapeño peppers.
I was actually shocked to find this at my local supermarket, even in the German section. I had to buy it. It served its purpose, but certainly is not the best I’ve ever had. Spatzle is the German version of an egg noodle and are very uniquely delicious, especially when homemade. I will have to get myself a spatzle press.
I have talked about the mouthful of awesome that is maultaschen here before. These suckers took the most work, but also have the most payoff. I could not find fresh noodle dough in my area, so instead I went to the local Asian food market and purchased won ton wrappers. They were already cut into squares and easily stuck to each other, which sped up the process a lot. They were a little thinner than the noodle though, but I think it actually helped you taste all the flavors in the stuffing more.
Everything minus the Bavarian Style Potato Salad
How could I forget to photograph the potato salad? Oh, and just the normal salad with a sunflower oil + lemon juice + mustard vinaigrette. So, here we have grilled bratwurst, maultaschen topped with sauteed onions, beef broth sauce + spatzle, and white cabbage slow cooked in apple vinegar.
Let’s not forget dessert…
Apfelkuchen (Bavarian Apple Tort)
I used this recipe and I’ve gotta say, OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was a mega hit, especially when served up with some whipped cream. Until Germany, I never knew my extreme love for baked apples with cinnamon, but oh man it’s a big love.