German Recipes

Best recipes for traditional German food. Potatoes done right, plus classic bratwurst. Be sure you have a frosty mug of beer to wash it down!

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Jaeger Schnitzel

Rating: 4.34 stars 63
This is wonderful. Breaded and fried cubed pork with mushrooms and hunter gravy over a bed of noodles. Serve with a salad and a hunk of thick crusty bread.

Crispy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.72 stars 122
This oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts. You can serve this chicken with many side dishes, but favorites are fried potatoes or spaetzle and a nice garden salad. Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!

Uli's Apple Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.72 stars 58
My grandmother was a master housewife. She taught home economics and she could cook. When she cooked this apple red cabbage my brother and I would eat it hot or cold, with or without potatoes!

Lengenberg's Boiled Potatoes

Rating: 4.29 stars 20
This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.53 stars 690
A traditional German dumpling or noodle, spaetzle is boiled in water or broth then pan fried in butter and served as a side dish.

Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) II

Rating: 3.75 stars 39
Mmmm!! This German dessert is my boyfriend's and my favourite!! It is bread like with a sugary-almond crunchy crust and a vanilla pudding filling! MUST TRY!

Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Rating: 4.54 stars 80
My Bavarian Oma made these large dumplings to accompany roast pork or game dishes, any meat with gravy, or with mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Serve one dumpling alongside your dish, and cover with a little gravy.

Kaiserschmarren

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
A German dessert that tastes like something in between a pancake and a waffle. It's also good for breakfast.

German Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.49 stars 189
As a soldier during WWII my Dad learned to make this hearty pork dish from a local German woman during the Allied occupation of Germany. I don't know the German name for it, but it is delicious!

Traditional Sauerbraten

Rating: 4.62 stars 117
I found two slightly different hand written versions of this, my Grandmother's recipe. Born in Nekkar am Rhein in the 1904, she naturally learned to cook traditional German meals as a young woman and didn't rely on a cookbook. I try to capture the nuance in this. Serve with potato dumplings.

German Apple Pudding Cake

Rating: 4.26 stars 35
A fresh apple cake with nuts and raisins that, after baking, but still hot, has a cooked caramel-like topping poured over it. If using a glass baking dish, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Chef John's Beef Rouladen

Rating: 4.56 stars 93
For something that looks and tastes as impressive as this beef rouladen, it's actually one of the simplest stuffed meat recipes I know. You can pretty much use any cheap cut of beef; I used round steak, but rump, chuck, flap meat, and other similar cuts will work work.
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A Look At German Cuisine
German cuisine reminds us of American food in its emphasis on meat and potatoes, but the focus on sweet and sour flavors is strictly German. Explore some of our favorite German recipes.
Beer-Glazed Brats and Sauerkraut
Rating: Unrated 75
A flavorful beer glaze coats bratwurst or knockwurst on sauerkraut.
German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)
Rating: 4.37 stars
43

The original hamburger, these are served like a flattened meatball with some steamed string beans and salad. I also like to use this recipe to make Swedish meatballs (but omit the paprika). My Aunt in Hamburg, Germany taught me this recipe and I've been making them ever since. Serve with steamed string beans and tossed salad. Or serve on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers, finely sliced deep fried onions and curry ketchup.