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    The 35 BEST German Recipes

    Whether you’re looking for some classics you grew up on, or are exploring German cuisine for the first time, you’ve come to the right place.

    This collection of traditional German Recipes includes thirty five great dishes, from breakfast to dessert and everything in between.

    You’ll find homestyle meals, beer garden favorites, famous street foods and more.

    Cook your way through all of these great recipes, you’re sure to find some new family favorites!

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    The Best German Recipes:

    1. Jägerschnitzel (Hunter’s Cutlet with Mushroom Gravy)

    We’re starting this list of German Recipes, with our own Jägerschnitzel, a crispy breaded pork cutlet served with rich mushroom gravy.

    It’s one of Germany’s most popular and delicious dishes. This authentic Jägerschnitzel recipe will absolutely delight your taste buds.

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    2. German Sauerkraut Balls

    German Sauerkraut Balls are classic German beer garden fare, sauerkraut and potato encased in a crispy, golden brown breading.

    These are the most scrumptious Sauerkraut Balls you will ever try. This easy recipe is a perfect party finger food.

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    3. Currywurst

    A very iconic street food, Currywurst is one of the most popular dishes in Germany.

    Bratwurst are smothered in a curry infused ketchup, then served with fries. How cool!

    Get the Recipe: Currywurst

    4. Chicken Schnitzel

    Chicken Schnitzel is a traditional and famous German. Chicken cutlets are pounded thin, coated with breadcrumbs, then lightly fried.

    You’re in for a real treat with this recipe!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    5. German Potato Salad

    Give your potato salad a German makeover with this easy recipe. Unlike traditional potato salad, this version has vinegar instead of mayo.

    It is also typically served warm.

    Get the Recipe @ thecountrycook

    6. German Pancakes

    The best German Pancakes recipe! These light and fluffy pancakes will become your family’s favorite breakfast.

    They are easy to make and require only 6 kitchen staple ingredients.

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    7. German Onion Pie

    German Onion Pie is also known as Zweibelkuchen. It is a savory quiche-like pie with bacon, caramelized onions and cream.

    It make for a hearty and fulfilling meal.

    Get the Recipe @ dirndlkitchen

    8. German Spaetzle

    One of Germany’s most popular and beloved foods, Spaetzle is a type of egg noodle that often accompanies their mains.

    Surprisingly easy to make, they are the perfect side dish to go with all recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ platedcravings

    9. Marzipan Springerle Candy

    One of the most famous and beloved of all German Christmas cookies, Marzipan Springerle Candy are a no bake treat sure to delight.

    With a firm exterior and chewy interior, they will become one of your favorite sweets.

    Get the Recipe @ themondaybox

    10. German Chicken Stew

    If you have never tried German Chicken Stew, then now is the time!

    A total comfort food, it’s made with chicken and hearty veggies simmered in a rich and creamy white sauce. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ dirndlkitchen

    11. German Plum Cake

    German Plum Cake is a real treat when fresh fruits are in season. It has a buttery streusel topping, and tastes phenomenal!

    It’s easy to make from scratch and is sure to impress.

    Get the Recipe @ savorynothings

    12. Authentic German Goulash

    This traditional recipe is German total comfort food! If you love beef stew, Goulash will become one of your new favorites.

    Serve it along with spaetzle and you are in for one comfy cozy meal.

    Get the Recipe @ whereismyspoon

    13. German Potato Pancakes

    Potato Pancakes are simple and easy to make, and taste too good. Also known as Kartoffelpuffer, they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

    Ready in 30 minutes, they will become your new favorite way to fry potatoes!

    Get the Recipe @ thewanderlustkitchen

    14. German Chocolate Cake

    This rich and decadent German Chocolate Cake is amazing!

    Chocolate cake is layered with coconut pecan frosting, and topped with chocolate buttercream. Serve this dessert at your next gathering and wow the crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    15. Obatzda Recipe (German Beer Cheese Dip)

    This easy Beer Cheese Dip, also known as Obatzda, is your new favorite dipping sauce! It’s perfect for dipping pretzels, sauerkraut balls, and so much more.

    This dip is perfect for game day, party or simply as a fun snack.

    Get the Recipe @ platedcravings

    16. Stollen

    Stollen is a famous fruit bread, usually served around Christmas time in Germany.

    It’s moist and flavorful, loaded with nuts and candied fruits. You have to try this one!

    Get the Recipe @ thedaringgourmet

    17. German Meatloaf

    This German Meatloaf recipe is too good! It’s moist and delicious, with the unique addition of pickles.

    The next time you crave meatloaf, give this tasty version a try!

    Get the Recipe @ alltastesgerman

    18. German Sauerbraten

    One of Germany’s national dishes, this authentic German Sauerbraten is marinated, cooked until tender, and served with a wonderfully rich and flavorful sweet, tangy gravy.

    Serve this delicious Sauerbraten with German cabbage and mashed potatoes, and you are all set for a memorable feast.

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerthendessert

    19. German Soft Pretzels

    Pretzels are one of the most famous German snacks. But have you ever thought of making them at home?

    You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make these authentic soft pretzels!

    Get the Recipe @ savorynothings

    20. German Beef Soup with Dumplings

    German Beef Soup with Dumplings recipe is is another great comfort food on this list.

    With plump dumplings, tender beef, and diced egg custard, it’s a truly unique soup that will keep you warm in the winter.

    Get the Recipe @ whereismyspoon

    21. German Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelkloesse)

    These delicious German Potato Dumplings are a great way to use up your potatoes. They are thick and starchy, and go great with a variety of mains.

    Get the Recipe @ thewanderlustkitchen

    22. Homemade German Bratwurst

    Nothing says German food like Bratwurst. They are totally iconic.

    This recipe shows you how to make them at home. It takes a little time, but they are fun to make and the end results are totally worth it!

    Get the Recipe @ daringgourmet

    23. German Cucumber Salad

    Give this easy and delicious Cucumber Salad the next time you’re having a cookout, it’ll become a new favorite side dish.

    The sliced cucumbers have a creamy sour cream dill dressing. It’s a cool and refreshing salad you will love.

    Get the Recipe @ fivehearthome

    24. Traditional German Red Cabbage

    German Red Cabbage is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy. It makes a great vegetable side dish to your favorite German mains.

    Get the Recipe @ houseofnasheats

    25. Apple Strudel

    This Apple Strudel recipe is a great dessert for get togethers and special occasions.

    It has a flaky homemade crust and is stuffed full with a cinnamon apple filling. Don’t miss this recipe when apples are in season!

    Get the Recipe @ platedcravings

    26. Bauernbrot – Farmer-Style German Bread

    Bauernbrot is a rich, dense rye bread studded with caraway seeds. It’s especially good fresh out of the oven and slathered with butter!

    Get the Recipe @ lemonblossoms

    27. Black Forest Cake

    Black Forest Cake is a phenomenal dessert recipe. The rich chocolate cake is layered with cherries and whipped cream frosting.

    Serve this up at your next special occasion!

    Get the Recipe @ alsothecrumbsplease

    28. German Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    These Cabbage Rolls are one of the most popular German recipes. Tender cabbage is stuffed with a ground beef mixture.

    They’re fun to make and fun to eat!

    Get the Recipe @ thespruceeats

    29. Lamb Casserole

    More of a stew than a casserole, this dish is a super cozy meal for chilly nights.

    Loaded with tender lamb and veggies, it cooks low and slow in the crock pot. This will become a new family favorite.

    Get the Recipe @ whereismyspoon

    30. German Lentil Soup with Sausage

    Another great slow cooker recipe is the Lentil and Sausage Soup. It’s so flavorful and so comforting.

    This soup is also super easy to make. Just 10 minutes of hands on time, then your crock does the rest!

    Get the Recipe @ fivehearthome

    31. Brötchen (German Bread Rolls)

    Brötchen are easy bread rolls that only require 5 ingredients. They are soft on the inside and crusty on the outside.

    Perfect side for all your favorite soups and stews.

    Get the Recipe @ recipesfromeurope

    32. Eiskaffee (German Iced Coffee)

    Eiskaffee is a real treat on a hot day. Iced coffee is poured over two scoops of ice cream and topped with whipped cream.

    It’s kind of like a coffee float!

    Get the Recipe @ foodandjourneys

    33. Zurich Ragout

    Ragout is a type of stew. This version features veal and mushrooms. It’s a delicious recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ thomassixt

    34. Sauerkraut Soup

    Germans sure love their sauerkraut, and this soup is just one such example. It’s an easy weeknight dinner when you feel like something light.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    35. Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)

    Wrapping up our list of German recipes is this mulled wine, which is very popular during the Christmas season.

    Wine is simmered with cloves, cinnamon and oranges, and served warm. How festive!

    Get the Recipe @ curiouscuisiniere

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    35 BEST German Recipes

    This collection of authentic German Recipes will give you a great taste of classic Bavarian fare. We love these crispy sauerkraut balls:


    • 3 medium potatoes
    • 1 cup sauerkraut
    • 1 egg
    • 1.25 cup breadcrumbs, divided
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
    • Oil for frying


      1. Add potatoes to pot and cover with cold water and place on stove over high heat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until easily pierced with a knife, about 15-20 minutes, depending on size. Drain, then immerse in cold water. Once cool enough to handle, remove skins.
      2. Squeeze as much liquid from the sauerkraut as you can, then add into a large bowl along with potatoes, egg, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, parsley and spices. Mash them with a fork until potatoes are mostly mashed and everything is thoroughly mixed.
      3. Spread the remaining 1 cup of breadcrumbs on a plate. Form the potato sauerkraut mixture into golf ball sized spheres, about 1/8 of a cup of mixture per ball. Roll them in the breadcrumbs until fully coated.
      4. Place balls on parchment paper lined tray and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
      5. Preheat 3/4 inch of cooking oil in a skillet over medium high heat, about 350°F. Add ball to hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
      6. Remove and drain on paper towel lined plate. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

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