Turkey Goes German

September 2016

As the popularity of fermented foods continues to rise, German food is making a comeback in U.S. foodservice. From pretzel bread to house-made sausage and schnitzel, German-inspired foods can add a touch of authenticity to your menu. Express your culinary creativity with turkey as you explore these trends influenced by the cuisines of Deutschland:

  • Fermented vegetables and krauts: Sauerkraut can be made with a variety of vegetables and ingredients, plus it fits nicely within the pickling trend that’s currently taking off on restaurant menus. It makes a delicious side dish or sandwich topping. Try it on a grilled turkey frank for starters.
  • Pretzels: Pretzel bread on menus has increased by more than 10% in the past two years. Try a pretzel roll topped with a grilled turkey slider, whole grain mustard, sauerkraut and Muenster cheese for a tasty German-themed appetizer.
  • Schnitzel: Traditionally, this dish is a veal cutlet dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and then pan-fried. Put a twist on this classic by using a turkey breast filet instead. Serve with a side of braised cabbage and caraway buttermilk potatoes for an entrée right out of the Rhineland.
  • Beer: Add a touch of Oktoberfest to your menu by suggesting turkey burger and beer pairings.

Find more recipe inspiration in our Culinary Center, and stay up to date on the latest foodservice trends in our Resource Center.


Freier, Lizzy. “Sauerkraut Gaining Traction on Restaurant Menus.” Restaurant Business. February 2, 2016.

Kruse, Nancy. “German Classics Are Cast in New Light.” Nation’s Restaurant News. June 17, 2016.

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