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: 4.5 stars 68
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: 4.5 stars 130
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: 4.5 stars 60
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: 4.5 stars 21
This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

German Spaetzle Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 704
Pure comfort! These noodle-like dumplings are easy, fresh, and delicious.
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Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich)

Rating: 4 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!
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Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Rating: 4.5 stars 81
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.

Easy Three-Ingredient Gluten-Free German Christmas Coconut Cookies

Rating: 5 stars 2
These German coconut cookies (Kokosmakronen) are one of the most popular German Christmas cookies and use three ingredients. They are gluten free, lactose free, and very easy to make. Store in airtight containers.
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German Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 208
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!

German Hamburgers (Frikadellen)

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
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.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Rating: 4.5 stars 265
This is a recipe from a sweet old German lady I used to attend church with. Allow for plenty of time to prepare and cook this dish. It is definitely worth the time and effort! Serve with hot German potato salad and red cabbage.
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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 79
A flavorful beer glaze coats bratwurst or knockwurst on sauerkraut.
Traditional Sauerbraten
Rating: 4.5 stars 131

This sauerbraten is marinated for a flavorful roast, both tangy and savory.