After living in Germany for 5 years, having a German Wife and many German Friends, I have become accustomed to the types of feed the average German eats in Germany.
First, you should realize traditional German foods like Jaegershnitzel are not everyday foods for Germans. Yes, they are eaten there, but the purpose of this article is to explain the everyday foods that are eaten in Germany.
1. Bread – When the words “food” and “Germany” are spoken in the same sentence the FIRST thing that comes to mind is bread! Germans LOVE their bread! Bread is eaten in different ways for every meal of the day including snacks. That doesn’t mean that every German eats bread with every meal, but bread is a common part of many German dishes, no matter what the time of day.
2. Potatoes – In a close second is potatoes. I had no idea potatoes could be served in so many different ways until I moved to Germany. Many German Potato Dishes are REALLY good too!
3. Cheese – Cheese is commonly eaten in Germany along with bread and lunch meat and like the different potato dishes that you will find in Germany, there are SO many different kinds of cheeses in Germany it’s incredible.
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4. Lunch Meat – Lunch meat, like salami, is very popular in Germany especially accompanied with cheese on bread. Lunch meat and cheese on a brochen (bread) is a very common breakfast and supper meal.
5. Salad – Salad is very popular in Germany as a lunch and/or dinner side dish.
6. Bratwurst & French Fries – A brat and fries to a German is like a Cheeseburger and fries to an American. It’s their junk food and it’s eaten a lot, just like American junk food.
7. Cereal – As with many other Countries throughout the World, Germans love cereal and oatmeal, particularly “Muesli” (uncooked rolled oats.)
Obviously the German diet isn’t restricted to only this list of foods, but based on my experience and time living in Germany they are the most popular everyday foods.