Easy German Recipes

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Hot German Potato Salad
Hot German Potato Salad. Linda Larsen

My husband grew up in Germany. His dad worked for Honeywell and they moved there when Doug was three years old; they returned to Minnesota when he was eleven. He has many fond memories of the country, the schools, friends, and especially the food.

Please note that I do not claim these recipes are 'authentic'. Rather, they are streamlined creations that evoke the feeling of German, Bavarian, and Swiss recipes. There's no place on a site about quick cooking for traditional Sauerbraten, which takes three to four days to make!

The flavors of Germany and surrounding regions of Europe that we love include pork, especially smoked pork, cabbage, paprika, sauerkraut, apples, onions, cream, dill, caraway, sausages, beer, butter, and root vegetables. Sausages, of course, are probably the most famous food from Germany. Learn more about them in my Sausages Chart. The recipes are flavorful and delicious, designed to satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

Enjoy these recipes, and make them part of your repertoire.

Easy German Recipes

  • Pressure Cooker Sauerbraten
    The pressure cooker is a wonderful way to make this traditionally slow cooking recipe in a hurry.
  • Reuben Hot Dish
    The Reuben sandwich was most probably invented in America! But the ingredients are German; this hearty casserole is delicious.
  • Beef Stew with Dumplings
    Dumplings are very traditional in Germany and Bavaria. This version cooks them to fluffy perfection in your crockpot.
  • Skillet Goulash
    Smoked paprika is the secret ingredient in this easy one dish skillet meal.
  • Crockpot Potato Soup
    Celery salt is the secret ingredient in this super easy, super inexpensive crockpot soup recipe.
  • German Burgers
    Burgers with rye crumbs, beer, caraway and mustard, topped with tangy cheese and sauerkraut - wow!
  • Wiener Schnitzel
    I make my tender and savory Schnitzel with pork tenderloin - I don't like the methods used for raising veal. But you can substitute veal if you'd like.
  • Crockpot Beef Rouladen
    This classic recipe has been adapted to cook in the crockpot. Tender beef is stuffed with a combination of bacon, onions and pickles, and cooked in a sour cream sauce.
  • Apple Pork Chops
    To make this recipe authentically German, buy smoked pork chops. You may need to increase the cooking time by about half if you choose this option.
  • Crockpot Savory Pot Roast
    A jar, yes, a whole jar of horseradish is slathered over this tender roast. Don't be afraid - it mellows while cooking!
  • Crockpot Red Cabbage and Onions
    Serve this excellent side dish alongside roast chicken for a fabulous meal.
  • Parker House Rolls
    These light and fluffy dinner rolls will always be German to me simply because they were a specialty of my German grandmother, Matha.
  • Chocolate Dipped Spritz
    Spritz, a classic German cookie, is made from a rich sugar dough pressed through discs to make forms and shapes. They're luscious.
  • Dobos Torte
    Dobos Torte is Austrian, a complicated layered creation that takes hours to make. I love my quick little three ingredient variation - you will too!
  • Quick Apple Strudel
    This super easy version of a classic German recipe is perfect for dessert, breakfast, or brunch. Make it soon.
  • Apple Walnut Bundt Cake
    This fabulous cake uses apples and apple juice for the best flavor and most tender texture ever. Did you know that the term 'bundt' comes from the German word 'bund', which means 'a gathering of people'?
  • Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
    My German-raised husband says that the topping on this cake is better than the best German Chocolate Cake frosting he's ever tasted!