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BROTZEIT ist die SCHÖNSTE ZEIT: A Culinary Journey into the Heart of German Beer Garden Tradition


There is something truly magical about the German Brotzeit, a time-honored tradition that transcends mere meals and transforms into a celebration of flavors, camaraderie, and the simple joys of life. "BROTZEIT ist die SCHÖNSTE ZEIT," meaning "snack time is the best time," encapsulates the essence of this German ritual.


Whether you find yourself beneath the leafy canopies of a traditional beer garden or recreating the experience at home, the combination of good company, a beautiful sunny day, and a refreshing beer is an unbeatable trio.


Bavarian Brotzeit:

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Brotzeit, a quintessential German snack time, is a spread that captures the heart and soul of the country's culinary tradition. At its core, it involves an array of hearty bread, cheeses, sausages, and accompaniments that create a symphony of flavors. Let's delve into the key components:


Cheese (Käse):

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German cheese, often enjoyed in its purest form, is a crucial element of Brotzeit. Emmental, Gouda, and Camembert are popular choices. For an authentic touch, try this simple Käseplatte recipe:


Recipe - Käseplatte:


- Assorted German cheeses (Emmental, Gouda, Camembert)

- Grapes

- Walnuts

- German mustard

- Freshly baked pretzels


Arrange the cheeses on a wooden board, interspersed with grapes and walnuts. Serve with a dollop of German mustard and warm pretzels. Think charcuterie.


Obatzda:

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No Brotzeit is complete without Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese delicacy. This flavorful spread combines ripe camembert, butter, and seasonings for a creamy delight.


Recipe - Obatzda:


- 200g ripe camembert

- 3 tbsp butter

- 1 small onion, finely chopped

- 1 tbsp paprika

- 1 tsp caraway seeds

- Salt and pepper to taste


Mash the camembert and butter together, then add the chopped onion, paprika, caraway seeds, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving with fresh bread.


Sausage Salad (Wurstsalat):

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Wurstsalat, or sausage salad, is a hearty dish that marries thinly sliced sausages with tangy vinaigrette and crisp vegetables. We are fans of this dish! It is my favorite plate to order at Tin Mill Restaurant in Hermann, MO.Their version is fantastic!


Recipe - Wurstsalat:


- 250g thinly sliced German sausages

- 1 red onion, thinly sliced

- 1 dill pickle, julienned

- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

- 3 tbsp vegetable oil

- 1 tsp mustard

- Salt and pepper to taste


Combine the sausages, onion, and pickle in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the sausage mixture and toss until well coated.


Brezen:

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No Brotzeit is complete without the iconic pretzel, or Brezen. Soft on the inside and perfectly crusty on the outside, these treats are a staple in any German beer garden.


Recipe - Brezen:


- 1 1/2 cups warm water

- 1 tbsp sugar

- 2 tsp salt

- 4 cups all-purpose flour

- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

- 1/4 cup baking soda

- Coarse salt for sprinkling


Combine warm water, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for 5 minutes. Add flour and knead until the dough is smooth. Let it rise for an hour. Preheat your oven and bring a large pot of water with baking soda to a boil. Shape the dough into pretzels, boil briefly, then bake until golden brown. Sprinkle with coarse salt before serving.


Plan Your Stay and Experience Brotzeit:

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In the heart of this German tradition lies the joy of simple pleasures – the perfect amalgamation of good food, good company, and a cool beer under a beautiful blue sky. If you find yourself yearning for an authentic experience, consider visiting the charming German town of Hermann, MO.


To make your stay truly memorable, we invite you to experience The Mercantile on the Katy Trail, our historic lodge in Mckittrick, MO. Embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of German flavors and hospitality, and let BROTZEIT be your guide to the SCHÖNSTE ZEIT.

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