The Ultimate Guide to German Appetizers
If you are planning a German menu, chances are you are looking for the perfect German appetizer.
In this article I will introduce you to the most popular German appetizers and for which occasions or menu creations they fit the best.
If you are in a German restaurant you will find the starters separated in different categories. The four classic starter categories are soups, salads, cold starters and hot starters.
But even for the menu planning at home these categories will make it easier for you to plan your menu.
German Starter Soups
Soups are always an easy to prepare and light choice for a traditional German meal. You have the advantage that you can cook the soup the day before and just need to heat it up the next day. In general, most soups can be frozen very well too.
Liver Dumpling and Liver Spaetzle Soups
Some of the traditional German soups are liver dumpling or liver spaetzle soup which consists usually of a beef broth with liver dumplings or liver spaetzle and a garnish of finely chopped chives or parsley.
Another popular staple soup is the pancake soup. It is the perfect soup to make if you have leftover German pancakes. This soup is a very cost-effective starter as the ingredients are very affordable and you probably have everything you need in your pantry anyways.
Semolina Dumpling Soup
Semolina dumpling soups are not only a beloved German soup, but you will find it all over Austria as well. Like the liver dumpling soup and pancake soup the base is usually a beef broth, but you can use chicken or vegetable broth as well in case you prefer a vegetarian version.
The German name for this soup is: “Griesnockerl Suppe”
German Wedding Soup
The wedding soup got it name because it was mainly served at weddings as the different ingredients were in former times sign of a special and more luxurious soup for the special occasion.
The German name for this soup is: “Hochzeitssuppe”