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Taste of Austria: typical Austrian food you should try

When one thinks of Austrian cuisine its history, the Hapsburg Empire and its position cannot be ignored, right in the middle between central and eastern Europe.

From here, the mingling of peoples, different cultures, religions and gastronomic traditions, with the thousand influences that brought to the table a sort of foresighted fusion vision of the kitchen. Poles, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks, French, Dalmatians and Italians have crossed the Empire and each has inherited some of its history, its own flavor.

The traditional dishes in Austria are, above all, based on meat (fleisch) and seasonal products, influenced by Jewish and Middle Eastern cuisine, seasoned with lots of spices and often accompanied by kartoffeln (potatoes): roast bratkartoffeln, mashed kartoffelpüree , with parsley petersilkartoffeln, or in salads or fried.

10 typical dishes not to miss in Austria

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

Thinned, breaded, and pan-fried veal cutlet that is traditionally served with a dollop of lingonberry jam, lemon wedges, and either buttered parsley potatoes, a simple potato salad, or French fries.

Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz!

Boiled beef topside in broth, typically served with horseradish

Rindsuppe

Rindsuppe mit Markklösschen

Clear soup made of sliced or cubed meat slowly cooked with vegetables.

Kasnudeln

Kasnudeln

Dough dumplings filled with a stuffing of either cheese, potatoes, or both.

Bruckfleisch

A dish consisting of braised offal with root vegetables in a brown sauce consisting of vinegar, wine, and blood.

Germknödel

Germknödel

Steamed yeast dumpling. It consists of soft dough which is filled with rum-spiced plum jam. 

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

Layered chocolate sponge cake that is thinly coated with high-quality apricot jam and topped with chocolate icing.

Apfelstrudel

Apfelstrudel

Thin layers of dough filled with a flavorful apple filling.

Kaiserschmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn

A dessert that looks like a fluffy, lightly caramelized, scrambled pancake.

Wiener Mélange

Wiener Melange, Paris

Small espresso served with steamed milk and topped with froth.

Glühwein

131128 Glühwein

A warming mix of hot red wine blended with sugar, orange, lemon, cloves and cinnamon stick.

Stroh

Prost!

Apiced rum available in several variants, ranging from 40% to a whopping 80% alcohol.

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