Which dish have most people never tried?

Strange German dishes

Ever heard of "Kermett", "Mettallica" or "Mett Damon"? These are all modern variants of the Mett hedgehog, which was widespread in the 1970s and which should not be missing from any buffet. These and other works of art made from minced meat can be found in the picture gallery of the Museum of Modern Mett. They are made with "great creativity and manual dexterity", as can be read there, as well as the note: "Of course, great importance is attached to hygiene, after all, the works of art are consumed immediately, which unfortunately rules out the purchase of the unique items."

Mett in the museum

Did you recognize "Mett Demon"?

Mett lovers exchange ideas in the museum's Facebook group and are therefore very much in vogue. Because although there are more and more vegetarians in Germany and it is generally advised not to eat raw meat, the Hackepeter continues to enjoy unbroken popularity. Whether at the butcher, in the bakery or at a party - Mettbrötchen are usually the quickest to sell out.

Incidentally, Hackepeter is not the only strange German dish. In our gallery above we show more unusual specialties, while the selection below presents creations that often taste better than their name suggests.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Cold dog

    Dogs are not to be found on any menu in Germany - with this exception: the cold dog, also known as the cold snout. The biscuit cake is a guaranteed hit on children's birthday parties. Always works and is easy to make: Layer the shortbread and chocolate cream alternately in a loaf pan and put it in the fridge.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Wrong Bunny

    The name already suggests that this rabbit is "fake", spurious, namely a meatloaf made from minced pork or beef, onions, spices and egg. Brought into shape in a baking dish, the roast resembles the saddle of a hare with a lot of imagination. Allegedly, the recipe goes back to the food shortage after World War II.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Bee sting

    The bee sting is a German sheet cake classic: yeast dough with a cream filling and crispy roasted almond flakes on top. Where does the name come from? Allegedly two Andernach baker's apprentices threw beehives at attacking men from the neighboring city of Linz, they fled and the Andernach people invented the bee sting cake to celebrate the day.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Halver Hahn

    The Halve Hahn is by no means half a chicken, as the guest in the brewery might think. Instead, a rye roll ends up on the plate with a thick slice of Gouda cheese and a few onion rings. Not to forget: mustard. The name of this popular pub specialty in the Rhineland is possibly due to linguistic misunderstandings.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Heaven and Ääd

    The traditional dish Himmel un Ääd (Cologne dialect for heaven and earth) is as kölsch as Halver Hahn: It consists of applesauce and mashed potatoes and is usually served with roasted onions and black pudding. In the Rhineland it is an integral part of every brewery menu.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names


    There are a number of theories about the origin of the Maultasche from the southern German region of Swabia. One says that during Lent monks would secretly mix spinach and herbs with minced meat and put them into pasta bags. They were not actually allowed to eat meat while fasting in an attempt to cover it up.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Civil servant

    Officials tip is a sauce that is eaten with potatoes or mashed potatoes. It was originally a poor man's meal, because ordinary officials weren't wealthy in the past. The sauce consisting of broth, onions, spices and minced meat was popular in the former GDR.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    French toast

    Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside: for the Poor Knight dessert, stale rolls are dipped in a mixture of milk, sugar and egg, fried in butter and sprinkled with sugar. Maybe a meat substitute for poor knights in the Middle Ages? Today the dish is a kind of leftover use, which is also used in other countries: In England it is called "poor knights of Windsor".

  • Typical German dishes with funny names

    Spaghetti ice

    Spaghetti in ice cream? No, this is a popular snack that every ice cream parlor in Germany has in its range: press vanilla ice cream through a press, sprinkle with strawberry sauce and grated white chocolate - and the often deceptively real-looking sweet dish is ready.

  • Typical German dishes with funny names


    Muckefuck, also called flower coffee, is a hot drink similar to coffee, completely without coffee beans: substitute coffee made from flowers or grains such as barley and roasted rye. Allegedly the word is a corruption of the French word for "false mocha": "mocca faux".

    Author: Kate Müser (db)

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