My DH and I are planning a trip that starts in Cologne on November 23 & ends in Munich on Dec 9. We'd like to hear about your favorite regional specialities and where we can find the best versions.
For example, in Dec 2019 we fell in LOVE with grünkohl (a yummy winter "comfort food" combo of cooked kale, smoked mettwurst & small boiled potatoes that's famous in Northern Germany & North Rhine Westphalia) ... thanks to our German friends who introduced us to it at the Christmas markets in Münster & Essen.
We tasted a lot of delicious items on that trip including flaummkuchen (which I've since learned is a specialty of Alsace) and Käsespätzle - (actually a Swabian specialty), but the grünkohl was our favorite ... probably because we had it in the region where it's famous.
Another example: I just read about Schwäbische Maultaschen ... little dumplings filled meat (the kind used to make bratwursts), bread crumbs, onions and spinach that are a specialty of Swabia. Apparently, they were served during Lent as a way to sneak meat, and the Swabian nickname Herrgottsbescheißerle means “small God-cheaters.” 😂 Apparently they're served four ways:
• Maultaschen in der Brühe (served in broth and eaten as a soup)
• Geschmälzte Maultaschen (fried in butter and topped with caramelized onions)
• Geröstete Maultaschen mit Ei (sliced Maultaschen are fried in an egg/herb mixture)
• Maultaschen Schweizer Art (Swiss style, which is whole Maultaschen baked with ham and Swiss cheese on top).
You can be sure I'll look for these if / when we visit Nördlingen, Augsburg or perhaps even nearby Stuttgart.
So I'm curious, what's your favorite regional speciality and where should I taste it?
Perhaps there's a restaurant famous for making it? Clue me in, please.