Week Two- A taste of Germany

Karttofelpuffer with gurkensalat, topped with berry sauce

Karttofelpuffer with gurkensalat, topped with berry sauce.

This week I decided to pay homage to my heritage by attempting to create a German meal. I don’t have an affinity for schnitzel or bratwurst so  I chose a simple recipe from home: gurkensalat (cucumber salad) with karttofelpuffer (potato cakes).

Having been to Germany, I can attest to the fact that potatoes are used in almost everything. Coming from a German household, i grew up accustomed to eating German meals quite often. German meals are typically very hearty and consist of few fruits due to the country’s climate. Pork, beef, and poultry are most commonly consumed and meats like rabbit can also be found in certain regions of the country. In the north, certain species of fish are also commonly eaten such as pike and carp. In my opinion, mustard is probably the only “spice” you’ll ever get out of German food, usually dishes are fairly mild.

Ingredients for karttofelpuffer:

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pure canola oil

Directions for karttofelpuffer:

  • Chop potatoes and onion into tiny pieces, set aside
  • Combine eggs, flour, and salt in a small bowl, stir
  • Pour oil into frying pan over medium heat
  • Mix potato/onion mixture with egg/flour/salt mixture
  • Using a 1/2 measuring cup, scoop some potato onion mixture into frying pan and flatten it into a pancake
  • Cook the cakes for 1.5 minutes on both side taking care not to separate the mixture
  • Remove from stove and serve immediately

Ingredients for gurkensalat:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • a sprinkle of pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream

Directions for gurkensalat:

  • Slice cucumber thinly
  • Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, and sour cream
  • Mix cucumber and vinegar mixture until watery
  • Marinate for about 15 minutes
  • Drain liquid
  • Sprinkle pepper over cucumbers and serve

Some other German dishes you may want to try:

  • Apfelstrudel
  • Eintopf
  • Kasespatzle
  • Rote grutze
  • Sauerbraten
  • Brezel
  • Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte
  • Schnitzel
  • Wurst


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