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Wiener Schnitzel and cherries from Bavaria – Germany

If you like hearty home-style meals and plenty of meat, then Bavaria in Southern Germany is your kind of place. I visited this part of Germany recently on a short trip to see the Oberammergau Passion Play and here’s a taste of what you might expect when you eat out in a typical Gasthaus or Biergarten.

Mixed salad with potato pockets and cream cheese in Bavaria, Germany

Mixed salad with potato pockets and cream cheese in Bavaria, Germany

Meat, especially veal, pork and sausages feature prominently on every menu in Bavaria and you’ll find plenty of roast meat dishes on the menu typically served with potato dumplings and salad or vegetables. I did find that practically everything came with lots of sauce or gravy, so if you prefer your sauce served separately, you’d better mention it when you order, if your German’s up to it. A very typical dish is the Wiener Schnitzel, a thin fillet of veal that’s coated with breadcrumbs and fried, served with a wedge of lemon and any chicken dishes would often be served with a wine or mushroom sauce.

Wiener Schnitzel in Bavaria, Germany

Wiener Schnitzel in Bavaria, Germany

Salmon in herb sauce in Bavaria, Germany

Salmon in herb sauce in Bavaria, Germany

When it comes to fish, the river fishes, such as salmon, trout or pike are often served with a herby cream sauce and rice.  After I’d had a few too many slices of meat swimming in gravy I decided that the fish was a more reliable choice if you prefer something lighter. I did enjoy the mixed salads, which in Germany seem to be more of a compilation of other salads, unlike the UK where you’ll get an uninspiring mixture of lettuce, tomato and cucumber. You might find that within one bowl you get a small serving of any of the following; sliced peeled cucumber in a vinegar dressing, mixed salad leaves, creamy potato salad, grated carrots and sliced red onions. One of my favourite lunchtime meals was a large plate of this mixed salad topped with deep fried potato pockets filled with soft cheese – as there was so much colourful salad to work though I didn’t feel so guilty about eating those crispy deep fried potato croquettes.

Roast Veal with potato dumplings in Bavaria, Germany

Roast Veal with potato dumplings in Bavaria, Germany

Cherries in the market at Altötting in Bavaria, Germany

Cherries in the market at Altötting in Bavaria, Germany

When it comes to fruit and desert, cherries are the undisputed fruit of Bavaria although you’ll also find red and black currents, raspberries and strawberries in season. We bought a large punnet of raspberries in the market at Altötting for a picnic lunch before our cycle ride to the badesee,  but the dark, glossy cherries looked the most beautiful. If I’m honest, I found that when eating from restaurant set menus, the dishes all start to look a bit the same, but I think that we were hampered by a limited knowledge of German so we possibly missed some of the more unusual dishes. I found that when we shopped from a farmer’s market for our picnic, we were able to point out some more interesting things including small fried potato rosti cakes, a soft cheese flavoured with paprika and some little savoury pastries.

Of course, all of this hearty Bavarian fare should be washed down by a large beer, served by a waitress wearing the traditional dirndl and seated in a pretty biergarten with a view of the Alps in the distance. Prost!

This post is part of Wanderfood Wednesday – for curried flied rice and other foodie delights head over to Wanderlust and Lipstick

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More tales from Bavaria to enjoy

Painted houses and wood carving at Oberammergau – in Bavaria, Germany
Tips for seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play
The latest Dirndl fashions from Bavaria – in Munich

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10 Comments

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    Wanderluster
    July 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    A great culinary snapshot of Bavaria, Heather. I love the cherries on the silver tray, especially.

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    Ryan
    July 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I don’t speak German but I guess I’d learn how to order sausages in Bavaria, food looks great.

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    Mark H
    July 22, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I really enjoy your food posts. I wish that I’d photographed such things more as I travelled. The cherries look scrumptious.
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    London Paris Train Tickets
    July 22, 2010 at 4:42 am

    wow.. all dishes are mouth-watering… Looking awesome.. want to try them 🙂

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    Sherry Ott
    July 23, 2010 at 3:59 am

    I do love a good shnitzel, however I don’t think I could have it more than one night in a row. The cherries looked amazing though!
    Excellent post!
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    Travellyn
    May 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Mouthwatering photos of delicious food. I visited Oberammergau in 2009 and was very taken with the painted houses and woodcarvings. Unfortunately not the right time for The Passion Play. Nor did I see such delicious looking cherries. However I did enjoy some of the dishes your photographed on our travels through Bavaria. Interesting blog and great photos.

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    Heather
    May 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    @ Travellyn Yes I enjoyed some of the lighter Bavarian food although the dumplings did start to weigh me down after a while.

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