I Present to You: Foodie Treasures From Germany.
A few weeks ago I had a job in Europe shooting in Munich, Germany and Innsbrook, Austria. It was beautiful and the food was AMAZE-ing. I had no choice- I had to pack my bag FULL of food so I could bring it home with me to share.
Every time I have a trip overseas I make an effort to save extra space in my luggage for what I call ‘foodie treasures’. It becomes my mission to scavenge local grocery stores and get familiar with the custom food and culture- even if I’m only in town for a few days.
The grocery store is a great way to do it because it’s where you find all the local and common ingredients from that culture’s dishes. Most people just stick to restaurants when traveling- I use restaurants as research for what ingredients to ask for at the store. When I was in Munich I had bit of time to explore so I went to several grocers to figure out the common items Germans were buying. Sausage and dried meats were a huge part of it. Also: people know Germans for their excellent auto engineering, I think we need to praise them more for their incredible mustard! I nearly filled a whole basket with different kinds. I especially love the mustards that come in toothpaste tubes (mmm, spicy).
Germany is also all about the pretzel and I can see why….IT’S PERFECT. The picture above shows the variety of pretzel options; there are plenty more, but these were my favorites. The pretzel on the far left is one of the more common pretzels found at the beer garden, especially during October Fest. The pretzel on the far right tasted the same to me however it was braided and if you wanted you could cut it in half and use it as a sandwich bun.
Last but not least let me introduce you to the my favorite the croissant pretzel. Yes- it’s as good as it sounds or probably better, it’s airy like a croissant but has an addictive salty crispy crust that melts in your mouth.
Before my flight back to New York in the morning I made sure to be the first person in line at the bakery in Munich so I could grab my selection of baked goods I would share with everyone back home that very same day. This is my favorite part… getting home and explaining what everything is and then saying it was freshly made today in another country. In this case I arrived home and revealed all my treasures one by one to my boyfriend Phil whose I grew two sizes (probably from the food but also at how much I smuggled home with me). My little foodie treasures are my trophies, my proudest souvenirs.
“How would you like a poached egg on a pretzel croissant baked in Germany this morning?”
I drop the mic.
Fried up a bit of speck and some smoked gouda… hello breakfast sandwich from Heaven.
Pretzel Croissant (if you can get your hands on one) or English muffin, Baguette, or the croissant
1 poached egg
2 slices of smoked gouda
2 slices of speck or prosciutto
dollop of natural ketchup or hot sauce
sprinkle of pepper
Toast your favorite breakfast bread in the toaster or in warm in the oven for a few minutes on broil if you don’t own a toaster.
Poach your egg. Or Fry it. Or boil it for a soft boiled egg.
slice 2 pieces of gouda
Turn your sauté pan on medium high heat and add a pat of butter. When the butter is bubbling, add the pieced of prosciutto. Fry for about 2 minutes and turn the heat off.
After the bread has toasted, add some ketchup or hot sauce to one side and then your gouda cheese. Add the egg, prosciutto and sprinkle a bit of pepper. Bonus, you can fry the egg in the oil of the prosciutto pan.
Voila, you have yourself a heavenly simple breakfast sandwich, from Germany.