German Food Recipes

That Partner With German Traditions

By: - Recipes - May 16, 2011
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German food recipes are often linked, either directly or tangentially, to German traditions.

While geographically small when compared to the United States, Germany does have its regional idiosyncrasies which range from accents to food.

One special region is known as Münsterland, the area around the beautiful university city of Münster.

An eyebrow-raising recipe that is common to the region is a dish called Grünkohl and is based on kale. Folklore says this was a farmers’ favorite during the winter when no other fresh vegetables were available.

Grünkohl Recipe

Serves 4 people …

1 package of frozen kale (600 grams)

Potatoes (amount as desired)

4 cutlets (pork)

4 each of 2 varieties of sausage

Cook the kale separately (follow instructions on package).

Peel and dice potatoes and boil for several minutes.

Panfry cutlets (season as desired but no breading) and sausages separately (be sure to save the fat in the pans).

When ready, begin by combining the kale and potatoes. Use salt and pepper to taste. Also add mustard. Keep over a very low flame and place the cutlets and sausages on top. Add the fat and juices from the pans. Keep covered to let it stay warm. Serve the Grünkohl from a big serving dish and the meat from a platter.

A good beer is essential and there is none better than the Czech-made Irquell Pilsner.

Grünkohl is linked to a favorite among German traditions, actually a game, which is rooted in Münsterland. Every February, a crazy band of German Air Force veterans and a fun loving former U.S. Air Force officer, all from Hopsten Air Base, can be seen hard at play outside the city of Rheine. The group is formally known as the Traditionsgemeinschaft Westfalengeschwader.

The game is called bosseln (pronounced boz-eln) and is played using a ball made of wood covering some lead that gives it weight. There are two teams of four players. The field of play is the roads running alongside farm land and covers a distance of several kilometers. The object is to keep the ball on the road and not in the drainage ditches. Whichever team gets to the finish line first is the winner.

Mandatory equipment is a fishnet to get the ball out of the water in the ditches and a schnapps glass that is held by a strap and worn around the neck. There should be at least one rest stop that offers beer.

Another German food recipe that is linked to German traditions is called Hochzeitssuppe (wedding soup). It is actually a real favorite at weddings.

Hochzeitssuppe Recipe

½ chicken

Slice of beef

Parsley

Carrots

Cauliflower

Soup noodles (tiny)

Place chicken, beef and parsley in 1.5-2 liters of cold water, bring to a boil and then keep on a low flame until tender. Remove from water. Drain the water to remove parsley but keep the water. Remove skin from chicken and dice both the chicken and beef.

Slice carrots, cook separately and drain.

Break cauliflower into small pieces, cook separately for 5 minutes, and drain.

Boil soup noodles for 3 minutes in separate pot and drain.

Once everything is prepared, it all goes back into the water used for the chicken and beef. Bring it to a nice heat and present at the table in a serving bowl.

For a German tradition linked to weddings, simply go to the local city hall around noontime on a Saturday. You will often see a bewildered young husband-to-be standing in a pile of hundreds if not thousands of bottle caps. He must clean up all of the bottle caps by himself and without a broom. Unless, of course, he is kissed by a woman who is a virgin!

If you ever get to Deutschland, ask around and you may discover your own favorite German food recipes and German traditions.


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