Yummy Alsatian Delicacies

Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France

France is well known for its high culinary standards and variety - and Alsace food is no exception. Its history is tinted with both French and German heritage, creating a very rich mix of flavors, for the pleasure of our taste buds. Most meals out happen at the closest winstub (the Alsatian equivalent of British pubs, but with checkered table cloths), which offers a laid-back atmosphere in a convivial decor where locals gather to enjoy local delicacies and wines. Good enough for me!

Local riesling

Riesling wine: probably my favorite discovery during the roadtrip. This type of wine is rather dry and just a little bit acid, but very refreshing and aromatic. I had the chance to visit a winery and bring a few bottles back home… and I’ve been cherishing every sip since then! Alsatian Riesling is always served in these types of glasses, with a long, green stem and a wide bowl, which is said to be best for the floral scents of the wine. Other local and popular wines are pinot gris and gewurztraminer. Santé!

Saltly pretzels!

Pretzels: a delicacy very well known throughout Germanic Europe, history says that pretzels date back as far as the 12th century! Every country has its own recipe, for both the daily treats and the special holidays, sometimes salty and sometimes sweet - in Alsace, it is baked traditionally and decorated with salt crystals. Most often than not, pretzels are sold in street cars or small bakeries, and aren’t very expensive (usually around 1 euro), making it the perfect treat after a long walk!

Flammekueche

Flammekueche: probably the most iconic dish of the Alsace food repertoire, this pizza lookalike is usually composed of a very thin bread dough, onions, fresh cream and lardons. Although the French translation (tarte flambée) suggests that it is flamed with alcohol, it is actually cooked in a traditional wood-fire oven for a deliciously crispy taste. It has several variations (even sweet ones!), but the traditional version remains my favorite. If you are familiar with the chain Les Trois Brasseurs, it’s their emblem dish!

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut: this widely known dish is often associated with Germanic Europe, and Eastern France is no exception. Sauerkraut is basically fermented cabbage served with sausages, but the Alsatian twist adds other pork meats (bacon in this case) and potatoes. And if you can’t bear the energy of making one yourself, visit any French grocery store and buy the slightly-less-appetizing-but-ready-to-microwave version!

Have you ever tasted Alsace food? What’s your favorite? Have you ever been into a winstub? Or do you prefer traditional French food?

 

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4 Responses to “Yummy Alsatian Delicacies”

  1. LookTN

    03. Nov, 2011

    you just reminded me of my grandmother, she used to cook something similar to what you described “bretzel” :)

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  2. fotoeins | Henry

    28. Nov, 2011

    Mmmm, Flammkuche! Reminds me of my time living in southern Germany! Thanks for your post, Marie!

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    • Marie

      29. Nov, 2011

      You’re welcome! Flammkuche is sooo good. Luckily it’s very popular in other regions of France as well, so I can indulge on a regular basis :-)

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