Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3: The Culinary Specialties of Oktoberfest

Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Culinary Specialties of Oktoberfest

Different regions boast distinct specialties, particularly when it comes to food. The same goes for the capital city of Bavaria, Germany.

Munich is popular for the weißwürste (weisswurt), white sausages ten to twelve centimeters long and two centimeters thick. They are made from minced veal and fresh bacon, and typically flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onion, ginger and cardamom. Afterwards, the mixture is stuffed into fresh, clean pork casings.

This type of sausage is traditionally eaten as a snack between breakfast and lunch. Prior to the advent of refrigerators, weißwürste would go bad before nightfall because the meat is not smoked. It is often served together with weisswurstsenf (Bavarian sweet mustard), brazen (pretzels) and weißbier (specialty Bavarian beer).

Leberkäse is similar to bologna. It is made by grinding corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and then baking the mixture as a loaf in a bread pan. Bavarian leberkäse are allowed not to contain liver, otherwise there must be a minimum liver content of four percent.

Leberkäse can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Some serve it on a bread roll and season it with mustard. Others cut leberkäse into finger-thick slices, and accompany it with sweet mustard, pretzels or kartoffelsalat (potato salad). Pan-fried variants are served with a friend egg, potato salad and spinach.

Leberknödel (liver dumplings) are usually part of a Pfälzer Teller (Palatinate Plate) together with a slice of baked saumagen (stuffed sow's stomach), sausage, sauerkraut and bread. They can also be served with just the last two.

Well-loved desserts include the apfelstrudel (apple strudel with vanilla sauce), millirahmstrudel (cream cheese strudel), dampfnudeln (yeast dumplings with custard) and auszogene (donut-shaped fried pastry without a hole). The prinzregententorte, a dark chocolate glaze-covered pastry consisting of more than six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream, is popular as well.

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  • I first tried Leberkäse at halloween 1 year ago, it was blue, and the most disgusting thing ever. I have never been brave enough to try it again!

    Also, you should head over to St. Benno's market in Neuhausen, Munich on a Tuesday in spring for some of the best sausages around!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:38 PM  

  • I would have to say that the food is one of my favorite parts of my German heritage.
    Dirndl Frau

    By Anonymous DirndlFrau, at 1:01 PM  

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