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German Style Hash and Skillet Fry's




Hoppel Poppel


Introduction to German Breakfast

We don't often talk about breakfast
because most of Germany doesn't eat dishes like bacon and eggs, omelets or pancakes as we do in the United States. Breakfast in Germany is called Frühstück,
don't ask me to pronounce it.
When I try to talk to our German guests
at the hotel they can't understand me. Those umlaut letters ü
just seem to make my tongue trip over itself.

Listen to how to pronounce Frühstück
 This is suppose to read Frühstück but I couldn't
get the code for this player to write properly.
But it pronounces it nicely!

I mean if your not from the Vaterland ....try making the ü sound!
I was really laughing at myself. check out this video.

Eggs and pancakes are often served for dinner, although a German pancake is not the "Hot Cake" we have in the states.

A typical German breakfast (Frühstück) that I see our German guests eat falls somewhere between what we'd call a deli platter and a continental breakfast. Cold meats (including their famous sausages) and cheeses are served along side a variety of breads and sweet toppings like jam, marmalade and honey. Soft-boiled eggs, sometimes cereal and fruit and yogurt.

These are some dishes though that resemble a lot of what we serve for breakfast in the states, we would call them a "Breakfast Skillet" or a "Hash" or something similar.





Like a Corned Beef Hash with Beets

The name sounds a bit strange and the origin is uncertain...

The word comes from lobscouse (originally lob's course) or lapskaus, Norwegian (just north of Germany) for "stew" and refers to a meat based stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, which became popular in seaports such as Hamburg, Germany.

To most of us in the states this is an interesting take on Hash or Corned Beef Hash
in that it uses beets to not only flavor it but give it a nice color. Barbara Schmidt from our Facebook page said that this dish came with some immigrants from Germany to the Northeast U.S. where she lives and they call it Red Flannel Hash.

This dish was popular for the sailors and dock workers around the seaport city of Hamburg and remains to this day. My grandmother spent a night in Bremen (near Hamburg) the night before she immigrated to America from the port in Hamburg in 1904, she was 14. I wonder if she had Labskaus for breakfast?

Hamburger Labskaus, Hamburg, Germany
This travel blog photo's source is TravelPod page: Farvel Kobenhavn... Guten Tag Hamburg

It is often served with roll mop ( Herring stuffed with a pickle) and spears of pickles
I also see pickled beets being served with it.

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with step by step pictures




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If you missed the Intro to this newsletter Bauernfrühstuck , Bauer = farmer and Früstück = Breakfast. There are many recipes for this, and usually contain at least potatoes, eggs and bacon or ham. This is one version I made as an example of using what I had on hand.

I have seen this dish both as a "Skillet Fry" or as we would say in the U.S. a Hash. I have also seen it baked like a Quiche or a Frittata not scrambling the eggs , but pouring the beaten eggs over everything, then finishing it in an oven.

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Hoppel Poppel

Roy Dennman sent me this recipe and said it is one of his favorite breakfasts to fix.
This is very similar to the other two Skillet Fry's but is mainly a specialty in
Berlin. It also appears in restaurants in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. The idea is the same as Bauernfrüstück, but the name is too much fun for me to leave this dish out.

According to Wikipedia the term comes from a German contraction of 2 words roughly the sense that popelige (meager) leftovers and hopsgehen before (spoil).


I didn't do a recipe for this as it is very much the same as the Bauernfrüstück. However I have read that chopped pickles go well in it and to season it the herbs, caraway, marjoram, nutmeg and parsley.


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These are interesting because they have a nice seasoning with them and no oil or water is needed when you cook.


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