Every culture in the world has some kind of comfort food or culturally iconic food. For America this might be the cheeseburger or pizza. In Germany, it is different. Some of these foods sound familiar and which they should because they have been influenced and has influenced various variations all over the world. These are some examples of what the culturally iconic German food is:

Kartoffelpuffer Potato pancakes are popular in Europe. They consist of ground potato that has been deep fried. It can be served with a sweet or savory topping. This can include cheese, applesauce, or they can be eaten plain. It is popular during the colder seasons in holiday festivals.

Currywurst This is a popular dish that is served with a bread roll. Currywurst is a diced up sausage that is then covered in Curry ketchup. Ususally, you put curry powder over the ketchup to get more of the curry flavor. This is a common dish and can be found in restaurants or street food carts. The history is that it was invented by a lady, Herta Heuwer after she obtained ketchup and curry powder from British soldiers in 1949. She soon began to sell it on the street, in which it began to take the nation by storm.

Schnitzel This is a dish that is usually veal, beef, pork, chicken or turkey. In Germany it is usually pork. It is served with some form of potato and has been around since the end of World War II. There are many different ways to cook Schnitzel. Some ways involve different sauces and spices. There are options for vegetarians, which are made from tofu. This dish has made its way all over Europe gathering different variations for each region it is found.

Gluhwein Glühwein is a drink that is common in Germany and the rest of Europe. It has different names like mulled wine, or rot wein. The idea is that it is wine that has been spiced and heated. It is usually a red wine but there are different variations. This drink can be served alcoholic or nonalcoholic. It is quite popular around the fall and Christmas seasons and can be found in markets.

Sauerkraut It is sour cabbage. While it may sound gross, there are some things you need to know about it before you make it. It has to be done right! Most people in the U.S. are considered gross or strange if they like sauerkraut. Sauerkraut takes time to make. It requires several months of pickling to be flavorful. Sauerkraut is usually served with a meat and some kind of a potato dumpling. Don’t push it until you try it! It is usually very sweet and flavorful!

German food is an important way to understand German culture. Throughout the centuries we can see how the German people have adapted to certain situations and allowed them to prosper and grow. An example of this is Currywurst. It was made from the rations from the British Army. Another way that we can look at German food is how Germany has been influenced and has influenced the rest of Europe and beyond.

Sources: sauerkraut - http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lp/prj/mtg/typ/sau/en5653632.htm

Currywurst - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/world/europe/27berlin.html?ref=michaelslackman&_r=0

glühwein - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/dec/09/how-to-make-perfect-mulled-wine

schnitzel - http://www.cooksinfo.com/wienerschnitzel

Kartoffelpuffer - http://www.germanfoodguide.com/kartoffel.cfm

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