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German Dinner: Abendbrot °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

German Abendbrot: Bread and Salami

German Abendbrot: Bread and Salami


When I recently visited my aunt in Potsdam we had typcial German dinner called Abendbrot. Germans sometimes prefer it simple. Unlike people in America for example, where the dinners often are the biggest meal of the day, heavy and rich and prepared quite lavishly. Nonetheless it was very satisfying:  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Look at the pictures Gand read why:



Abendbrot = Evening Bread

Germans do not always have schnitzel, sauerkraut and beer for dinner 😉 and it’s quite common to eat a simple meal in the evening, which doesn’t take too much time to prepare and clean up afterwards. “Abendbrot” simply means Evening (=Abend) Bread (= Brot) and the name says it all: Dinner for four people was prepared in five minutes: Bread, things you put on top of bread and sliced up vegetables. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

Brotzeit = Bread Time

German Abendbrot: I have no idea what this is

Abendbrot: I srsly have no idea what this is


I seriously have no idea, what this meat substance on the photo on the right is called, but it was delicious. When Germans have bread for lunch they often call it “Brotzeit” which directly translates to Bread (= Brot) Time (= Zeit). There also were two bowls of sliced up bell peppers and cucumber on the table.


Nachtmahl = Night Meal

Abendbrot: Bread and Cheese

Abendbrot: Bread and Cheese


In southern Germany and Austria people also call their dinner “Nachtmahl” which directly translates to Night (= Nacht) Meal (= meal). The dish on the left picture is some sort of cheese which I’ve never tasted in the US before. It’s called “Butterkäse” which directly translates to Butter (= Butter) Cheese (=Käse). It’s a mild, full-fat cheese.



Beverages: Tea and Beer

Abendbrot: Bread with thinly sliced salty Fish

Abendbrot: Bread with thinly sliced Fish


My aunt and I had peppermint tea to our dinner and the men had beer. I know, at the beginning of this blogpost I wrote, that beer isn’t always for German dinner, but… It’s always an option 🙂 At the end I had this bread with thinly sliced and very salty fish. The bread the Germans usually eat is not the light one which is common in the states. It’s usually a black, brown or coarse bread.


And… Yes, my uncle and aunt gave me some weird looks when I photographed my plates four times this evening. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What is your ideal “Abendbrot” like? Let me know in the comments.


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