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I'm looking to cook something German that's also vegetarian. Any suggestions?

asked by Sim,Blaustein over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

My first boss was German and whenever I went to his house for dinner, they made potato pancakes. They were big, almost like thin rösti. They told me it was a traditional dish.

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added over 2 years ago

There's a category of recipes called Mehlspeisen, which are flour-based dishes without meat. These were standards for Friday meals before Vatican II. A few examples: bread dumplings topped with chanterelles in a cream sauce, apple strudel, quark strudel, yeast dumplings with vanilla sauce, Kaiserschmarrn (pancakes torn with a fork and served with a seasonal fruit compote, Zwiebelkuchen (onion pie (most recipes call for bacon, but it is easy enough to omit) . . . Or, you could pretend you are a medieval monk and just drink your meal. According to tradition, a group of monks who relocated to Munich from Italy in the 1400 or 1500s were desperate for vegetarian options during Lent. The choices were pretty slim and ranged from rutabegas to cabbage, so one of the monks began playing around with the beer recipe. The result was Starkbier, which has a higher alcohol content and was the equvalent of eating nutritious bread. The beer is still made and served during Lent in Bavaria.

If you provide a few more clues on what kind of meal you are looking for, I might come up with more ideas.

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added over 2 years ago

Maybe this helps: http://www.wien.info/en...

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added over 2 years ago

Maybe this helps: http://www.wien.info/en...

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added about 1 month ago

Vienna is in Austria, not Germany...

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added over 2 years ago

PS Sauerkraut is always good, but it is usually served with meat. to make it a full meal. Without meat, you need to serve it with boiled potatoes, or even better, Spätzle. Make the Spätzle the day before. To serve with the Sauerkraut, melt butter in a frying pan, add some chopped onions and fry til translucent. Then add the Spätzle and fry until crisp and brown.

You might also look at some soup recipes. Soup was and is a popular main dish during the winter.

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added over 2 years ago

Vegetarian fake sausage, while not the most 'real food' ingredient, can be really good. Check out the Field Roast brand vegetarian sausage. It has good flavor, decent protein, and is a great substitute.

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added over 2 years ago

German sausages have a long tradition and testify to the fact that nose-to-tail use of an animal is not a new idea. In addition, many of the sausages fall under the EU's protected geographical status. No need to resort to a fake grain product to put a decent German meal on the table!

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added over 2 years ago

http://food52.com/recipes... -- this will give you some German recipes on the site. Some are vegetarian already, and some could be adapted. Some may have a sauce that you could use with a vegetarian base. Sometimes parallel thinking will get you what you want!

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added about 1 month ago

cabbage rolls perhaps? something involving spatzle?

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added about 1 month ago

Oooo, I love spatzle. Well, I love pretty much anything with potato in it. I've had some pretty amazing cooked red cabbage with vinegar in Germany too.

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added about 1 month ago

Spätzle do not contain flour. Some dumplings do have potatoes in them, but Spätzle is not among them. Spätzle are made from flour, eggs, and water.