Luxembourg cuisine has been influenced by its neighbouring countries, France, Belgium and Germany. Recently, it has also been influenced by its country's immigrants from Italy and Portugal. Luxembourg food combined rustic Germanic dishes with that perfect French finesse. Before visiting Luxembourg for the first time, I would have never expected such large portions of food, with a great emphasis on meat and fish. Don't worry though, there are plenty of Vegetarian alternatives in every restaurant we visited.
Luxembourg cuisine: top traditional dishes to try - Contents
F'rell Am Rèisleck
Fancy a nice fish based dish in Luxembourg? You have to try the F'rell Am Rèisleck (trout in Riesling sauce) where the fish is first fried, then cooked in a sublime wine and cream sauce. Are you hungry yet? Although incredibly delicious, this dish is rather simple to make. Once the trout is done, you can either make your own Riesling sauce or buy it pre-made in a local supermarket.
This is a soup with green beans, potatoes, bacon or sausage. Some restaurants will add carrots, leeks, celery, even milk or cream. This type of thick soup reminds me of Romania a little, where I had a similar dish served in a bun. I can imagine that during winter, there is simply nothing better than having one of these amazing soups for lunch whilst meandering around Luxembourg city.
Friture de la Moselle
This Luxembourgish dish hits home as this is essentially fried fish in a flour batter. If you've ever had the classic fish and chips in Britain, you are sure to enjoy the Friture de la Moselle. It is eaten with a drop of lemon and you can always add some fries on the side. No need to be homesick whilst visiting Luxembourg.
Did someone say fritters? How about a Luxembourgish of crispy potato fritters with onions and parsley which can be found at markets and fairs. What's awesome about them? They are eaten with ketchup or apple sauce. How come that we never thought about eating fritters with apple sauce? Sounds incredibly delicious!
I can't really pronounce this word but I would definitely point it out next time I see it on a restaurant menu! This dish is popular during the game season: essentially a yummy stew where the hare is marinated for up to 72 hours. Next, the hare is fried in lard and flambeed with cognac. Sophisticated? Yes! Delicious? YES! Did I mention that the hare is served with a sauce made with red wine and cognac?
This is a special type of ham from the Northern side of the country. The meat is marinated for a couple of weeks, then smoked. In restaurants, you will have it served with potatoes and salad. And I promise it won't disappoint.
Judd mat gaardebounen
Judd means salted pork and gaardebounen means broad beans. This is a simple pork-based recipe which some say to be the national dish of Luxembourg. The pork collar is soaked in water, then cooked for several hours until tender. When it's ready, it is cut and placed on a platter of beans and served up with potatoes. Make sure to order this when you are hungry, as you will get huge portions in a restaurant.
Pastry might not be the first choice when trying to watch your calories, but whoss counting on vacation? Paschtéit is puff pastry casings filled with chicken and mushroom in a lovely béchamel sauce. Unlike the traditional British puff pastry pie, the casing and the contents are cooked separately and then put together to form the perfect Paschtéit.
This is a type of Pâté cooked in a pastry dough to create a meat pie. The meat inside the pie is surrounded by Riesling aspic. Once ready, slice and serve it with side dishes. This is definitely a winter favourite.
Do you like German sausage? Great, because Thüringer is a spicier version of the German bratwurst. Have them grilled and enjoy them with a pint of beer. In love with the Luxembourg cuisine yet? We sure are!
I can't even begin to imagine how I could make these, but somehow, in Luxembourg cuisine, these apples en croute are done to perfection. The apple is first baked with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg, then brushed with lemon juice and finally coated in pastry. Not only these look fantastic, but taste so good! Perfect for Christmas? Definitely! I can't imagine a better dessert in Luxembourg.
Had enough food and ready to move to the desert? How about Quetschentaart which is a fruit tart found in most pastry shops and restaurants. Traditionally this Luxembourg speciality has plum, peach cherry or pear slices.
Still, have room to try even more sweets? Enjoy these small sugar-coated doughnuts called Verwurelter.
Are you ready to visit Luxembourg and start a foodie journey? We loved out time in the country and absolutely adored the food and the large portions. If you don't fancy eating traditional food, although I strongly recommend it, you can find plenty of restaurants which serve pizza, burgers, soups and pastry based desserts. Either way, you can't go wrong with the food and I'm sure you will enjoy sampling the Luxembourg cuisine.
Over to you now, what dish would you like to try first? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.