Back in September, (I can't believe it was that long ago) I posted about typical Swabian meals, which I wanted to test (excluding the onion cake). Since that post, I haven't really paid much attention to this list so I decided to scan it to see if I had tasted any of these typical dishes. I can say a resounding yes right away.
First on the list was Stuttgarter Beer. Of course I have had this beer and like I posted here before, I am not a huge fan. The beer is so strong I have to concentrate really hard just to swallow it. So not worth it. I found out that a large majority of Swabians are not a big fan of this brew either.
Gaisburger Marsch (spätzle, beef, veggies, broth). Yum! Loved it and I eat it a fair bit here also. I happen to love spätzle and am excited to cook it for my family and friends at home.
Laugenbrezeln (soft pretzel). This is everywhere and I am not the biggest fan of salty stuff so I will eventually try this bread. No big deal for me though if I don't get around to eating this baked good.
Maultauschen (raviolie type of pasta fried with eggs). This is served a lot here at work (at least once every other week) and I have had it at least twice I think. It is nice but extremely heavy. All that is needed to accompany this dish is a salad. Very interesting but fairly good combination. This dish reminds me of Jewish food for some reason.
Swabian roast. This is usuall served with maultaushen or spätzle. I actually had this for lunch yesterday but with potato balls. It was a good meal. Satisfying and hardy. Good swabian food.
Spätzle. I love this pasta type main or side dish. It is good served with meats and veggies or smoothered with cheese. Spätzle is very heavy, especially with cheese, but to me, this is one of the best Swabain/Detsche dishes out there. YUM!
Onion cake. I can't and will not do it. Eating the fried, sweetish onions that is served on top of spätzle, wursts and hot dogs is enough for me. Onions are not my friends so I try to stay clear of this veggy in all forms.
Stuttgart wine. I've only had wine a few times while here. I seem to focus mainly on the mixed beers, ciders, mixed pops and apple juice with gas (I know, I know! I hated it when I first got here now....I love it! BUT I still can't stand water with gas). Overall, good local wine. Very affordable, mainly light (what I have had) and readily available. No LCBO for alcoholic beverages here. You can get your hands on this stuff at your friendly local grocery store, on trains, at the hbf, side stores. Anywhere really.
So, those are the popular dishes that I have eaten here. Swabain food to me is very nice if heavy. That is why one large meal is more than enough per day. I favor the breads, authentic drinks, some wursts and of course, spätzle.