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October 9, 2012 German Foods , ,

Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle)

To celebrate Oktoberfest season, here is a dish that is always available in a beer tent- Schweinshaxe! Or, in plain terms, pork knuckle marinated and roasted so that its skin is super crisp, served with some usual side dishes such as a bun (as in the picture), sauerkraut, or potato dumplings. It is often served with mustard on the side. It is a rather temperamental dish – depending on how it is prepared and cooked, it can either be super delicious (crispy on the outside, tender on the inside), or extremely unpleasant (bad meat, too much fat, etc). I paid 15 Euro for mine yesterday (which I did not finish):

A traditional German dish

It is an extremely filling dish, to say the least. For those who want to opt for a lighter fare, the beer tents have half-chicken meals that most people usually eat instead (you can also see it in the picture above, behind the Schweinshaxe). Cuisine isn’t usually the focus of Oktoberfest, per say. It’s just there to help you down more beer!

And for those who don’t know, it’s normal to drink at least 3 Maß, or litres, of beer!

Unfortunately you would need to find a German restaurant if you want to try this outside of Germany, and hope that it’s prepared right. If you want to try it and live far away I would encourage you to taste it only when you have the opportunity to visit Germany!!

Prost! (cheers)

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