Lent is a time of year when Catholics abstain from certain foods such as meat and follow other religious customs to prepare themselves for the Resurrection of Christ. Germany has both Catholic and Protestant areas, the most predominant Catholic areas are along the Rhine river and the Southern states of Franconia and Bavaria.
Here are a few German recipes without meat and ideas for interesting dinners or desserts.
1. Fish for Forty
Try baked fish, pickeled fish and others.
- This is an uncommon but simple dish for Baked Fish in Horseradish Sauce. It is easy to complete after work and can be served with potatoes or noodles to soak up the extra sauce.
- You might also like to try Herring Salad, a cold salad with pickeled fish. This salad is often served for New Year's (eating fish is considered lucky on January 1st) and Ash Wednesday. Pickled Herring, potatoes make it special.
2. Meatless Bread Spreads for Lunch
3. Meatless Mains
Meatless casseroles don't have to be dull. Vegetables and grains, cheese and tomatoes have lots of flavor on their own.
- Käsespätzle - Mac and Cheese, German Style
- Roggenklösschen mit Tomaten - Rye "Meatless Balls" in Tomato Sauce
- Stuffed Zucchini - A creamy tomato sauce makes this special.
- Sautéed Leeks with Walnut Cream Sauce
- Potato and Leek Gratin
- Vegetarian Burgers - Made with grains, seeds and eggs, these patties are fun and good.
4. Potatoes for Lent
Many potato dishes are great on their own, or you can add a fried egg or fish to them (fish 'n chips, anyone?). Take a look at these yummy dishes.
- Bratkartoffeln - German Cottage Fries start with cold, boiled potatoes. You may want to leave out the bacon.
- Kartoffelpuffer - Potato pancakes are grated from fresh potatoes, Russets are great for this.
- Baked potatoes and herbed quark - Done up with caraway and sunflower seeds.
- Himmel und Erde - Potatoes and Apples with Caramelized Onions.
5. Sweet Main Dishes
The favorite lunch for kids and kids at heart. Sweet main dishes are usually accompanied by a nice, vegetable soup and fruit, making them nutritious, too.
- Dampfnudeln are yeast rolls steamed on top of milk and sugar. Serve with vanilla sauce and fruit compote.
- Milchreis - German-style rice pudding.
- Berliner Milchreis - a baked rice pudding with apples.
- Grießpudding with Cherries - Farina Casserole.
- Germknödel - Steamed dumplings filled with jam.
- Kaiserschmarrn - Sweet Omelette served with fruit.