Breakfast in Germany is called Frühstück and almost always includes a hot drink such as tea or coffee. Breakfasts in Germany tend to be fairly hearty and often start with some bread or rolls which are served with spreads such as butter, jam, and marmalade. Sausage, eggs, cheese, and bacon are common breakfast items too, as are potato pancakes. Cereal, especially muesli, or yogurt and fruit are increasingly popular in Germany, especially with the more health-conscious youth. A glass of orange juice is also common with breakfast.
A second breakfast, known as Pausenbrot or a Zweites Frühstück is common in Germany, especially at school. This refueling snack often takes the form of a small sandwich or some fruit.
Senfeier, also known as eier in senfsoße, is a classic German comfort food that consists of boiled eggs smothered in a smooth, and creamy mustard sauce. Typical accompaniments to this vegetarian specialty include boiled or mashed potatoes, rice, wilted spinach, blanched kale, and various vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflowers, or peas.
Fried onions and bacon bits can be added for extra flavor, and the dish can be garnished with freshly chopped parsley or dill on top, if desired. This simple dish is often prepared around Easter because it provides an easy way to use leftover Easter eggs.
Speckpfannkuchen (lit. pancakes with bacon) is a type of savory pancake from Germany combined with cubes or strips of bacon. The bacon can either be on top of the pancake or used as a filling, but it’s always first fried before being incorporated into the dish.
Besides bacon, the pancake may be modified to include cheese or onions. It is eaten as an appetizer or a hearty breakfast complemented with pickled cucumbers or a green salad.
Bauernomelett or farmer’s omelet is a simple German dish that’s usually served for breakfast, but sometimes also for lunch or dinner. It’s made with a combination of bacon, onions, potatoes, parsley, eggs, and milk. The bacon, onions, and potatoes are sautéed slowly, and when the potatoes start to turn golden brown, a mixture of eggs and milk is poured into the pan.
Cooked over high heat, the omelet can be turned over and browned on top, or it can be folded in half before serving. It’s recommended to serve this hearty omelet with pickles on the side. If desired, the dish can be enriched with grated Emmentaler cheese while the omelet is cooking.
Flädle is a German pancake consisting of basic ingredients such as flour, eggs, milk or water, sugar, and salt. The thin batter is poured into a lightly greased pan and cooked on both sides, yielding thin and round pancakes which can be both savory and sweet.
The former version usually calls for the addition of finely chopped herbs such as parsley, chives, and chervil, while the batter is seasoned with salt, pepper, and sometimes ground nutmeg. Thin strips of these savory pancakes are added to a rich beef or vegetable broth to make the classic Swabian soup called flädlesuppe.
Mettbrötchen is a type of sandwich consisting of a fresh brötchen (a German bread roll) and mett (raw pork mince). The bread roll is sliced, then topped with a layer of mett, which is usually seasoned with salt and pepper and garnished with slices of raw onions on top.
This sandwich is a typical breakfast item in Germany, and it is typically enjoyed in northern parts of the country. Interestingly, Mettwoch is a German custom of savoring mettbrötchen on Mittwoch (Wednesday).