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
This German bee sting cake is my boyfriend's and my favorite. It has a bread-like crust with a sugary-almond crunchy topping and a vanilla pudding filling. Mmm... A must-try dessert!
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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.

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!

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.

Traditional Sauerbraten

Rating: 4.5 stars 131
This sauerbraten is marinated for a flavorful roast, both tangy and savory.

Wienerschnitzel

Rating: 4.5 stars 193
This easy German recipe is one of our favorites. Boneless pork chops can also be substituted for veal and taste excellent!
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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.
Jagerschnitzel
Rating: 4.5 stars 548

This is a delicious dish I ordered again and again when I was stationed in Germany with the Army. It is best served with French fries to clean up the remaining gravy and a nice garden salad.