When I announced that I would be partnering up with my friend Kirsten to take people on a food and wine adventure in Germany and France, it was amazing how many people just assumed the food would be horrible. I’m not sure what it is about American’s perceptions of German food, but after eating my way from Heidelberg, down the wine road, to Baden Baden, and into Strasbourg, I am here to tell you that not only is the food not horrible, it’s delicious!I’ll give you the quick summary of each meal, dish by dish, starting with this really great very thin crust type of pizza I had for my very first meal in Heidelberg.
Schweinebraten (roasted pork) with Schupfnudel (potato based thick noodle like Italian gnocchi in texture) served with traditional red cabbageGerman pastries – they are EVERYWHERE, but in the interest of my waistline, I rarely sampled themWine, and lots of good choices including the local pinot noir shown hereThin sliced ham with tomato moussePork tenderloin baked in a pork sausage stuffing roll, with spaetzle and spinachApple strudel with ice creamZwiebelkuchen (like an onion filled quiche)Palatinate Platter with Saumagen, Bratwurst, and Leberknoedel (liver dumpling) Arugula salad with goat cheese croutonsLentil soup with stuffed cabbage rollsRoast venison with potato gratin and broccoli medleyIce cream with roasted plumsWildschweinmaultaschen – ravioli stuffed with wild boar
and served with German potato salad (lots of mustard, no mayo)MusselsHugo, a spritzer type of drink using elderberry syrup (recipe here)Onion soup with Emmenthaler cheese croutonBaeckeoffe – like the best winter stew your grandma ever madeKugelhopf glace with KirschCheese – lots of it, lots of great typesBig lunch salad with a poached egg and bacon lardonsIce cream – in every flavor you can imagineCookies, cookies, cookies!Salad with a puff pastry crouton topped with pumpkinRoasted quail and mashed potatoes with gravyStewed applesLarge salad with warm goat cheese croutonsRoasted pork and mushrooms with spaetzle
Are you hungry for a trip to Germany and France now?!?!?!