15 Classic German Recipes Everyone Should Know

15 Classic German Recipes Everyone Should Know


Quark (Classic German cheese)

quark is a favorite in Europe but can be difficult to find in the U.S. It is a great afternoon project for kids that teaches them about cheese. You can eat it with fruit, or cottage cheese in any other way you like.

German Potato Noodles

You can make badische Schupfnudeln with leftover spuds. They taste great with schnitzel and any other roast protein.

Butternocken (Tasty Butter Dumplings)

These delicious little butter dumplings are only five ingredients away. Butternocken can be made in a matter of minutes, even for beginners. For later use, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them.

German Beef Rouladen

German rouladen tastes like a special occasion but doesn't need any fancy cuts or techniques. A simple red wine sauce can be used to substitute for a traditional Sunday roast. It can be served with noodles or potatoes.

Simple Baked fish with Apple

Catholics often eat fish during Lent, but this simple fish with apples is great any time of the year. This simple baked fish recipe with apple is bold in German style. It uses sinus-clearing horseradish to make it taste great. Apple gives the dish a subtle sweetness balance.

Zurich Ragout (Zurcher Geschnetzelter)

Although it may sound like a lot, the traditional veal stew Zurich recipe is delicious. It is made up of chicken, pork loin, or veal and served with a creamy white sauce with lemon zest and parsley.

German-Style Mustard Pork Chops

These German mustard pork chops are a great example of one of Germany's most beloved condiments. This hearty, one-pan meal packs a punch and is easy to prepare. It's seasoned flour dipped in batter then fried in wine and mustard sauce.

Milchreis (German Rice Pudding)

There are many countries that have their own versions of rice pudding, and Germany is no different. Combine short-grain rice with vanilla, milk, sugar, and salt to make a hearty and satisfying dessert. Milkreis is quick and easy to make on the stove. It comes out delicious!

Alsatian Apple Cake

For a rich, creamy autumn treat, the Alsatian Apple Cake is made with a shortbread crust and apple slices. You may already have the ingredients for this recipe, so it doesn't take much effort.

German Christmas Cardamom Cookies

Cardamom is a spice with a medicinal and spicy taste that was first used in folk remedies during the Middle Ages. It is used by bakers to flavor desserts such as these floral-scented German cookies. You can enjoy them as part of a Christmas platter, or whenever you need a special pick-me up.

Jaegerschnitzel with Mushroom Sauce


Jaegerschnitzel also known as " hunter’s cutlets" is a thinly pounded, pan-fried meat cutlet with creamy mushroom sauce. There are many variations, so you can mix and match the ingredients once you have mastered the basics. Although pork is delicious, you can also make chicken or veal cutlets.

German Sausage and Sauerkraut

This German casserole pairs your favorite smoked German sausage with sauerkraut, vegetables, and Kielbasa. Caraway seeds add a slight herbal flavor that begs for some Rye bread.

German Fried Meat Patties


You can make a fried meat pate from leftover rolls. You can also use ground beef, chopped bacon or pork or day-old white bread. Cooked oatmeal can be substituted for it if you don't have it.

Fluffy German Pancake

This fluffy giant German pancake, also known as Dutch babies is sure to make breakfast or brunch a memorable occasion. While the pancake puffs up in baking, it will quickly deflate once it cools. Serve it with fruit, or you can omit the sugar. You can also add savory ingredients such as bacon or ham.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls 


German comfort food is kohlrouladen ,, or German-stuffed cabbage rolls. Although this recipe calls for ground beef you can substitute any other chopped meat to make the filling. If you like, you can add some tomato sauce to the stuffing.




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