Though this recipe comes from the Lower Rhine, potato soup and beer can be found anywhere in Germany, so it's more of a modern take on a classic potato soup recipe.
Many of the region's most famous recipes combine both the "Apple of the Sky" and the "Apple of the Earth". This recipe is a slightly different interpretation from the standard German potato soup recipe, incorporating sour apples that the region was once known for.
Himmel und Erde or Heaven and Earth refers to the two kinds of potatoes in the dish, the sky apples, i.e., apples from trees, and earth apples, i.e., potatoes. It is essentially mashed potatoes with blood sausages, either as a puree or fried. A common dish from the Rhineland in Germany, it was once a staple of working class households.
A traditional German dish, not skipping out on the root vegetables. Seafood cuisine from the Rhineland celebrates the ancient trade networks that once brought fresh mussels from the North Sea to the Rhine.
Schaales is a traditional baked potato dish from the rural regions of West Germany. This variant is baked in the oven like a traditional casserole.