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
4007
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.

Pfeffernusse Cookies

Rating: 4.67 stars
221
I have searched far and wide for a recipe that mimics my favorite, store-bought version of these cookies. I think, after days of thrown-out cookies, I have come as close as I can get.

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.

Old German Honey Cookies

Rating: 4.22 stars
170
I got this recipe from my grandmother who got it from her grandmother. She had to translate it and then figure out measurements. The original recipe called for "enough flour to make a dough". Thankfully grandma knew what kind of dough.
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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.

Traditional Springerle

Rating: 4.5 stars
28

We have made these very traditional German cookies every year since I was a child. My mother remembers her grandmother making them with this recipe that has been in our family for generations. The molds can be hard to find, but check specialty cookware stores and antique shops.