origin: German; abend= "evening" + brot= bread/loaf or essen= "meal"
noun (plural Abendbrote)
Essentially a cold dinner, or a picnic at home!
Abendbrot (ah-behnt-braht) is a more casual experience at home, while abendessen (ah-behnt-eh-sehn) would be a fancier affair at a restaurant. It's a perfect & tasty solution to avoid the fuss of cooking or an impromptu get-together. Best of all, everyone can make their snacks exactly to their own liking!
Suggested components (a mix of any): beer, wine, pumpernickel (or dark) bread, crackers, flat bread, rolls, potato chips, potato salad, boiled potatoes, sausages, cold cuts, any cold dish that seems suitable like a bean salad, hard boiled eggs or egg salad, cheeses (including cream cheese), pickles of any type, fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced onions or chives, olives, mustards, smoked fish, pâté, jams/jellies, fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, honey, and butter.
As an American, I might add carrot or celery sticks. Many may also prefer mayonnaise, although butter is the traditional European condiment. Fresh herbs if you have them, but things like dried dill & parsley will work too.
Just make sure the salt & pepper shakers get invited as well!