France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Food and Drink in Alsace, France
Alsatian cuisine relies a lot on pork and has a number of specialties that you won't find in other parts of France.

 
   

 

Alsatian cuisine shows the influence of near-by Germany, as well as its French roots. Using a great deal of pork in various forms, the food is hearty and filling. As you dine in restaurants and cafés in places like Strasbourg or Colmar, you'll find a number of offerings that might be new to you.

The most famous regional dish is choucroute, or sauerkraut, garnished with a variety of meats and served with potatoes. More...

Alsace is also known for its tartes, particularly tarte à l'oignan. This quiche-like dish is often served with salad. More...

Another sort of tart is the tarte flambée, or flammekueche. Think of it as a delicious Alsatian form of pizza, and make sure you eat some! More...

There are lots of other pork and meat dishes, such as Baeckeoffe, a stew of three meats (beef, pork, and lamb) and potatoes, and about 10 spices, usually marinated in Riesling wine.

Or jarret de porc—pork knuckle, served roasted or poached, with potatoes.

And of course there are various kinds of sausagesknacks, Strasbourg sausages, boudin (blood sausages), or Montbéliard, to name just a few. There's also one called cervelas; despite its similarity to the world cervelle, or brains, it is actually a sausage. Be aware that an Alsatian salad will likely include sausage.

Munster cheese is also used a lot in Alsatian cooking. The town of Munster is just about 20 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Colmar. I enjoyed a rich dish of munster cheese, potatoes, and bacon. Fortunately it came with a salad!

Bibeleskaes is a fromage blanc or cream cheese mixed with garlic, onion, parsley, and Munster, eaten with bread. It may also contain bacon.

And it turns out that Périgordand Sarlat are not the only parts of France known for foie gras. Foie Gras d'Alsace is a local delicacy that is often found on menus, sometimes served with lentils

In the spring, the local white asparagus is a great delicacy. Frequently served with pork, you may also find interesting combinations such as asparagus with lentils and a poached egg.

And to drink? Of course you'll find plenty of hearty local beer. Alsace is also one of France's great wine regions, producing mostly white wines such as Riesling. You can find out more by following the Route des Vins, or Wine Route, through picturesque villages like Eguisheim and Ribeauvillé. More...

What about pretzels, or bretzels? You'll find large soft pretzels for sale in bakeries and in special bretzelleries. You can get salted or unsalted, and sometimes find some with cheese or bacon. Some places also make sweet bretzels, dusted with sugar. They're a favorite snack.

And let's not forget the pastries. As in other regions of France, you'll find many patisseries with beautiful éclairs, tartes, etc. In Strasbourg and other towns in Alsace, you'll also find traditional kougelhopf, a brioche-type cake, often made with dried fruits and nuts, and baked in a special round fluted pan. You can also get savory kougelhopf, which might contain bacon and nuts.

Most restaurants in places like Strasbourg or Colmar will offer Alsatian specialties, as well as more traditional French dishes such as magret de canard (duck breast), chicken, or beef dishes.

There's lot to explore in the cuisine of Alsace, so Bon Appétit!


Alsatian Wine Route

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About Alsace

 

 

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Pretzels, Strasbourg, France

Above, Pretzels, or bretzels, for sale in Strasbourg.

Below, Choucroute Garnie—sauerkraut with sausages, pork, and potatoes, an Alsatian specialty.

 

Choucroute, Strasberg, France

Tarte flambée, Alsace, France
Above, Tarte Flambée, along the Wine Route in Alsace.

Below, White asparagus, served with lentils and a poached egg.


White asparagus, Strasbourg, France

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