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: 4.33 stars
70
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: 4.71 stars
133
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
64
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
21
This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.53 stars
710
Traditional German dumplings. You can also mince a few pieces of bacon in a pan, and heat the cooked spaetzle in the bacon drippings-only omit the butter, if preparing recipe with bacon.

Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) II

Rating: 3.75 stars
40
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
85
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
18
A German dessert that tastes like something in between a pancake and a waffle. It's also good for breakfast.

Juicy Roasted Chicken

Rating: 4.71 stars
4003
My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.

German Apple Cake I

Rating: 4.57 stars
1583
This German Apple Cake is a moist dense cake that keeps well. It has been a family favorite for twenty years.

Traditional Sauerbraten

Rating: 4.62 stars
131
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 Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.49 stars
237
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!
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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
87
A flavorful beer glaze coats bratwurst or knockwurst on sauerkraut.

Chef John's Beef Rouladen

Rating: 4.56 stars
110

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.