Chef John tackles his favorite German-inspired recipes. From meaty main dishes like rouladen and sauerbraten, to satisfyingly sides like braised red cabbage and spaetzle, to savory snacks like homemade summer sausage and Bavarian pretzels. Traditional German food ~ quickly and easily. Ready? Which will you start with? What are traditional German Foods? Each region of Germany has its own favorite foods. However, the top 10 traditional German foods are: Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef Roast) Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Hocks) Rouladen (Stuffed Beef Rolls) Schnitzel (Veal or Meat Cutlets) Oma's Southern German Cucumber Salad ~ Gurkensalat by Oma Gerhild Fulson. My German cucumber salad, aka Gurkensalad, is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer.It's a perfect side dish for almost any meal. This version (unlike my Mutti's) is without sour cream and without yogurt, so it's perfect for a buffet table or to take along for picnics.