Germany returns in the same spot as the last several years, this time in a much more precious-looking Marketplace.
Each of the three main food items return. The gingerbread heart is available all year at a variety of outlets here in Germany.
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – $4
While it’s not the most photogenic dish that we’ve run into so far, the Pasta Gratin here is one of the best tasting. It’s also a wallop of a portion – very creamy and cheesy with a few bites of salty ham mixed in.
Roast Bratwurst served in a Pretzel Roll – $5.25
One of the best-selling items year in and year out, this is a mildly spicy breakfast sausage served with a plump, yet comically small, pretzel roll and a side of spicy mustard. It’s never stood out for me, but it’s a “safe bet.”
Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4
Disney does a nice job with their Apple Strudel – the crust has a nice crispiness with a brush of sugar and the apples inside are plentiful and crisp. The vanilla sauce adds another layer of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the cinnamon. I think this is straightforward enough that it doesn’t necessarily demand a purchase, but what you’ll receive should please.
Riesling Flight – $6.50
This probably isn’t the atmosphere to compare and contrast the differences among three sweet German rieslings, but it’s still fun to try. Unlike the beer flights, the wine flight presents the opportunity to save a little money with three 1-ounce pours versus a single 2-ounce pour.
Overall, Germany offers several flavorful dishes that please hundreds of thousands of guests year in and year out. There’s nothing particularly novel about any of it, but it’s a safe bet for anyone that was a little less sure about the spicy lentil stew at the last booth.