Luxembourg Specialties you should know

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Luxembourg specialties - Kniddelen with bacon and onions

Luxembourg Specialties you should know

Luxembourg is a small country, but it has a variety of delicious dishes to offer. Many of these dishes are typical of Luxembourg and have a long tradition. You should know these dishes if you travel to Luxembourg. Our culinary journey through Luxembourg showed us how important it is to know dishes from your travel destination. It was clear to us before our trip that Luxembourg has culinary specialties.

 

Our personal experiences with Luxembourg specialties

What we didn't know, however, were the names of these dishes. It was only in the local restaurants that we realized that we would have better dealt with this before we arrived. At first we didn't understand a word that was on the menu. Menus are written in Luxembourgish. These may perhaps be understandable for visitors from neighboring Saarland. They definitely weren't for us. Even though the country is multilingual and almost everyone speaks German or French. And so we had the waiter introduce each dish to us in detail before ordering. On our travels as travel bloggers This is usually not optimal. Because time is usually very short on these trips.

There was Grompere Kichelcher. Cuddly stain. Andouillette. Träipen. Kallefskaap. I could continue the list of Luxembourg's culinary specialties. But what is that? We were able to deduce some things after getting used to Luxembourgish, but not everything. We couldn't have the waiter translate the menu for us every time. By the time he finished his translation, we had already forgotten what the dishes were. Therefore, our visits to the restaurant turned out to be an adventure. It was always a surprise what ended up on our plate. That's why you should definitely get a few specialties of the country. This makes traveling there easier.

Map of our culinary journey through Luxembourg

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Eat in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, food is more than just a necessity - it is an important part of culture and social life. Luxembourgish cuisine is characterized by its diversity and its unique blend of different culinary traditions. Luxembourgish cuisine has been significantly influenced by the neighboring countries of France, Germany and Belgium. This created a fusion of flavors and techniques that create unique dishes.

In Luxembourg you will also find a large selection of regional products that are often used in the kitchen. This includes fresh vegetables such as potatoes, beans and cabbage, as well as meat and sausage products such as pork, lamb and Mettwurst. Luxembourgish dishes are often hearty and filling. Therefore they are perfect for cold days.

In addition, Luxembourg also offers a variety of international cuisines, from French to Italian, from Asian to Mediterranean. Cities have a wide range of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the different flavors of the world. And don't forget the Luxembourg wines! Luxembourg is also known for its excellent wines, particularly Riesling and Crémant, a sparkling wine. These wines are the perfect accompaniment to the country's delicious dishes.

Overall, Luxembourg offers a wealth of culinary experiences, from traditional dishes to international specialities. Whether you're a foodie or just want to explore the local cuisine, Luxembourg has something for everyone.

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Lea Linster is Luxembourg's star chef. She runs the top restaurant Lea Linster Cuisinière in Frisange, where she serves haute cuisine from Luxembourg. In one of her previous restaurants she brought down-to-earth cuisine from Luxembourg to the table. Lea Linster attaches great importance to the simple dishes of her native Luxembourg. It also turns mashed potatoes or pea soup into a culinary highlight. In your Cookbooks* (Advertisement) she not only presents recipes from haute cuisine, but also the simple cuisine of Luxembourg. Luxembourg cuisine today also draws on the country's traditional recipes.

A Crime Story from Luxembourg

We have seen for ourselves that Luxembourg has culinary specialties. A crime novel I read recently reminds me of this. Tom Hillenbrand's investigator is star chef Xavier Kieffer. He lives in Luxembourg. So it's no wonder that culinary delights play a role in these thrillers. I devoured his thriller Bitter Schokolade. Not only does he present the capital's gastronomic scene and the upper and lower towns in detail. He also describes dishes that the star chef and others serve in their restaurants.

 

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I also used Hillenbrand's crime novel to learn more about the country's specialties. The crime thriller is a treasure trove for this. After his return from Paris, his protagonist Xavier Kieffer decided to serve the guests of his restaurant specialties from Luxembourg. There is therefore hardly a better teacher. It's always exciting when he prepares his menu for the next day. So I end up collecting his menu suggestions on a notepad that's next to my reading chair.

 

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Luxembourg Specialties

Kieffer's breakfast usually consists of croissants or brioches with coffee. It immediately reminds me of our breakfast with view of the old town . His chases through the city and his visits to the Old town are like a déja vu. In my mind I follow his paths through the city. Even his visits to the government district and the hotels of the city evoke images of a city, as we got to know it, when we were there.

However, the matter of food gets more complicated with the main meals. The names of the dishes are not as easy to recognize as croissants or brioches. Some names can be derived from Luxembourgish into German after we get used to the pronounciation. With others, however, it is more difficult.

If you're craving a salad, Feierstengszalot, a cold beef salad, is the way to go. “Kachkéis” is also a popular dish. This is a spicy, melted cheese that is served on bread. Huesenziwwi, braised hare with chocolate sauce, is also a Luxembourg delicacy. Another specialty is the “Gromperekichelcher”, potato pancakes that are often served with applesauce or cranberries. And don't forget the “Kniddelen”, small dumplings made from potato or flour dough, which are often served as a side dish to meat dishes.

Sweet specialties in Luxembourg

Luxembourg also has a variety of typical sweets. The “Bamkuch”, for example, is a traditional cake with many layers. It is often filled with plum jam. Another favorite are the “waffles”, a type of waffle pastry that is often dusted with powdered sugar. Have you ever tried “Quetschentaart”? This is a plum cake topped with a shortcrust pastry base and juicy plums. Just to bite into! And don’t forget the “Boxemäncher”, which are small yeast cakes with raisins. They are ideal for a sweet hunger in between meals. Or how about Omelette soufflée au kirsch, a fluffy omelette with cherry liqueur? In Luxembourg there is a wide variety of sweet specialties that you should definitely try.

 

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Glossary of traditional Luxembourg dishes

This list of the names of Luxembourg specialties will help you when visiting a restaurant.

Grompere Kichelcher potato pancake
Huesenziwwi rabbit ragout
hassle stain a traditional dish made from rumen
andouillette sausage made from offal
Träipen filled blood sausage
Kallefskapp calf's head
Graf Pati terrine made from liver, pork, bacon, eggs, wine and spices
Feststengszalot meat salad
gebotschte Gromperen fried potatoes
Biwwelamoud Boeuf à la mode or sauerbraten
Judd mat Gaardebounen a national dish, pork neck with broad beans and potatoes
Choucroute Sauerkraut
Verwurelte carnival pastries from Luxembourg
Go to Kraiderzooss pike with herb sauce
Chou Fleur Zopp cauliflower soup
cuddles flour dumplings
mummaart topped apple pie
squeeze fluid plum cake
Riesling paschtèit puff pastries with pork
Suet pudding kidney fat cake
Wäinzoossiss with Moschterzooss sausages with mustard sauce and mashed potatoes
kachkei cooking cheese
Queen's bite Puff pastry patties with chicken fricassee
Boune slip Luxembourg bean stew
Consomme diablotins Broth with slices of bread topped with cheese and béchamel sauce
Frying Deep fried Nosel fish in batter
ganache Cream of couverture and cream
Gratin de queues d'écrevisse scalloped tails of crayfish
lobster Thermidor Lobster ragout baked with cream and mushrooms
Kanengche mat Moschterzoos Casserole with rabbit in mustard sauce
Loup de mer en croûte feuilletée Sea bass in puff pastry crust
Mousses d'ecrevisses au Cliquot Cream of crayfish refined with champagne
Ortolan au suc d'pineapple Bunting in pineapple juice
Bone marrow marrowbone
Pâté a Jelli Pie with jelly
Chicken in bladder Chicken cooked in a pig's bladder
Rapes des Vosges Lorraine potato pancakes
Gribiche sauce cold sauce with egg, capers, gherkins, mustard and herbs
smear Luxembourg spread
Sole a l'Oseille Sole with sorrel
stuffy Luxembourg cottage cheese
Truite farcie braisee au porto Trout stuffed with port wine sauce
Coucou de Malin Mechelen cuckoo, chicken species from Flanders
Cremant Luxembourg champagne
Entrecote Bercy Stick with white wine shallot sauce, parsley and cress
Enjoy the Riesling Trout in Riesling
Gramigna short noodle
clap whipped cream
Chorone sauce Variant of Béarnaise sauce with tomato paste
Tarte Tatin Apple pie baked upside down
Vol-au-vents Puff Pastry Patties

 

Recipes for Luxembourg specialties

 

Influences on Luxembourg cuisine

Of course there are even more Luxembourgish specialties. But with these dishes you can get further as a traveler.

German roots in the cuisine of Luxembourg

On our trip we also learned that along the border with Germany you can often find dishes that have been adopted from the cuisine of neighboring regions. Germany has also left its mark on Luxembourg cuisine. The dishes are often hearty and filling. A good example is Judd mat Gaardebounen, a hearty dish of smoked pork and broad beans. The love of potatoes and sausage also shows the German origins.

Influences of French cuisine

The proximity to France is clearly reflected in Luxembourg's cuisine. You will find many dishes here that are refined with a pinch of French finesse. For example, the use of sauces and spices is very French. Desserts such as omelette soufflée au kirsch also show the French influence.

Portuguese influences

Yes, you heard that right. The cuisine of Portugal has also found its way to Luxembourg. The use of fish and seafood in particular is a clear sign of this. In Luxembourg, for example, you will find dishes prepared with spices and ingredients from Portugal.

 

Sausage - Luxembourg

 

Luxembourg culinary specialties that are popular

One of the dishes that Luxembourgers love to eat is Judd mat Gaardebounen. Wikipedia even calls it the national dish. This is pork neck that is cured or smoked. It is served with broad beans. The Bouneschlupp is also popular. This is a bean soup with bacon and potatoes. This soup is not only known in Luxembourg, but also in Lorraine. We also tried Kniddelen on our trip to Luxembourg. This is what dumplings made from flour, water, eggs and salt are called. These are served with a bacon and cream sauce or with applesauce. Afterwards, people like to eat a squeeze tart as dessert. This is a plum cake. An omelette soufflée also tastes good at the end. Specialties from Luxembourg are definitely dishes from the country's home-cooked cuisine.

 

Judd mat Gaardebounen
Judd mat Gaardebounen Photo: UnorthodoxY, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Luxembourgish specialties you should try

Many see Judd mat Gaardebounen as the national dish of Luxembourg

“Judd mat Gaardebounen” is a traditional dish from Luxembourg. It consists of cured pork neck cooked together with broad beans. This dish reflects the rural and down-to-earth cuisine of Luxembourg and is known for its hearty and filling character. The exact origins and history of this dish are not clearly documented, but it is an integral part of Luxembourg's food culture and is often considered the country's national dish.

The origin of the word “Judd” in “Judd mat Gaardebounen” is not clearly clear. One theory, proposed by linguist Jean-Claude Muller, member of the Institut grand-ducal in Luxembourg, is that it comes from the Spanish word for bean (“judía”). He explains that Galicia also has a pork dish with broad beans, locally called judia (pronounced “shu-DI-a”). Muller suspects that the dish was brought to Luxembourg by Spanish troops in the 16th or 17th century. If that is the case, “Judd mat Gaardebounen” would roughly translate to “beans with beans.”

There is also the theory that the term is derived from “judío” (Jew) because “the dark color of the beans reminded some of the dark skin of Spanish Jews.” Which.

Did you know what botsche grompers are?

This side dish is simple but delicious. The main ingredient is potatoes, which are processed into a rustic puree. The addition of onions and bacon is typical for orderly grompers. This combination gives the dish its flavor. In Luxembourg it is often served with meat dishes, especially sauerbraten. The preparation is uncomplicated: boil the potatoes, mash them, fry the onions and bacon, fold them in. This creates a hearty, filling dish. Ideal for chefs who appreciate authentic, regional recipes.

 

Trout is one of Luxembourg's culinary specialties
Trout from Luxembourg

 

Products from the region are Luxembourg specialties

I also find it exciting that Luxembourg produces a lot of regional specialties. For example, there is the ham from the Ardennes or the pork in aspic. In the wine regions there is, for example, Riesling pschtéit. This is one of the national dishes from Luxembourg. This is a pie made from puff pastry filled with pork and a layer of gelatine. These are made from Riesling. Rivers like the Moselle or the Untersauer also supply fish, which the restaurants in the valleys have on their menu. These include trout, pike and crabs. If you want to buy products from the region at Souvenirs, then look for the “Produit du terroir” seal. Only products that are produced in the region are allowed to bear this quality seal.

Luxembourg wine and beer with the Luxembourg specialties

In addition to Luxembourg's cuisine, the country also offers local drinks that you should also try.

Moselle wines from Luxembourg

The wines from the Moselle region are a real pleasure. White wines such as Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer are particularly popular. They are often fruity and have a pleasant acidity. These wines go perfectly with many Luxembourg dishes.

Luxembourg beer

Beer is another highlight. Although Luxembourg is not as well known for its beers as Belgium or Germany, there are some local varieties here. Mousel and Bofferding are two of the best-known brands. They offer a good alternative to wine and are particularly popular in social gatherings.

Crémants: The Luxembourg sparkling wine

If you're looking for something special, try a Crémant from Luxembourg. These sparkling wines are of high quality and are often enjoyed as an aperitif. They are the perfect choice for festive occasions or simply to spend a nice evening.

Liqueurs and spirits are also among the Luxembourg specialties

Luxembourg also has a selection of liqueurs. Eau de vie is an example of this. These schnapps are often distilled from local fruits such as plums or pears. They are strong, so be careful when consuming them!

Conclusion: Food in Luxembourg is Hearty

The food in Luxembourg surprised us. We expected to feel the influence of fine French cuisine. However, you can only find this in the restaurants and hotels in the European Quarter. However, this meal has little to do with the specialties. Instead, specialties from Luxembourg are down-to-earth. For example, you can easily imagine how grandma or mother puts Kniddelen on the table. Or how Jupp mat Gaardebounen is served to a family on holidays. The influences from the surrounding countries also come more from the housewives' kitchens. They therefore go well with the dishes from the country's cuisine. Let our tips encourage you to try these specialties. It is worth it .. However, you have to be hungry. Because the portions are big. We definitely wish you bon appetite!

 

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Questions and answers about Luxembourg specialties

Are there vegetarian or vegan options in restaurants in Luxembourg?

Yes, many restaurants in Luxembourg also offer vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as vegetable stir-fries, salads or dishes with pasta.

Which drinks are popular in Luxembourg and go well with Luxembourg culinary specialties?

Popular drinks in Luxembourg are beer, especially “Battin” beer, as well as local wines such as Riesling or Elbling.

Do I have to tip in restaurants in Luxembourg?

It is customary to tip in Luxembourg. A common practice is to tip around 10% if the service was good.

Should I book a seat at restaurants in Luxembourg?

It is advisable to book a table at popular or upscale restaurants, especially on Saturday and Sunday or during holidays. This will ensure you get a table.

When are restaurants open in Luxembourg?

Restaurants in Luxembourg open at similar times to other European countries. Many restaurants open for lunch around 12:00 p.m. and dinner around 18:00 or 19:00 p.m. However, note that some smaller restaurants may be closed on certain days.

Are there any special customs I should pay attention to in restaurants in Luxembourg?

In Luxembourg it is customary to leave your cutlery on your plate while eating. When you're done, place your cutlery parallel to the plate. This shows that you are finished. It is also polite to say “Enjoy your meal” before eating and “Thank you” after eating.

We would love to hear your opinion about Luxembourg specialties!

Have you ever tried Luxembourg specialties, or is there a dish you particularly recommend? Maybe you even have your own recipe that you would like to share with us? Let us know in a comment what your favorite Luxembourgish dishes are and why.

What is Luxembourg known for?

  1. Financial center: headquarters of many banks and investment funds.
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Site: Old town of Luxembourg City.
  3. Multiculturality: Multilingualism and international community.
  4. Schengen Agreement: Place of origin of the EU agreement.
  5. Castles and palaces: diverse historical buildings such as Castle Vianden.
  6. viticulture: Moselle region for excellent wines.
  7. Modern Architecture: Iconic Buildings and Urban Development.
  8. Nature parks: Müllerthal, “Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland”.
  9. European Institutions: Seat of the European Court of Justice.
  10. High quality of life: security and prosperity.
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Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

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