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
- Hot German Potato Salad
This recipe is a combination of several from different cookbooks. I think it has the perfect combination of textures and flavors.
- Crockpot Pork with Cabbage
This fabulous and super easy recipe cooks to perfection in your slow cooker.
- Chicken Paprikash
This Hungarian recipe elevates plain chicken to a new level. Serve it over spatezle, or little German dumplings.
- Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa
Just three ingredients in your crockpot make this fabulously juicy, flavorful main dish to serve with sauerkraut or cooked cabbage and a spinach salad.
- Crockpot Sauerbraten
This luscious recipe is easy to make and tastes almost like the real thing. Store bought gingersnaps are actually the perfect finishing touch to the sauce.
- German Sausage Chowder
Bratwurst, root vegetables, and Swiss cheese transform this thick chowder into a Bavarian delight.
- German Sausage and Sauerkraut
Use your favorite 'wurst' in this easy one dish meal.
- My Great-Grandmother's Stuffing in the Crockpot
This authentic recipe is direct from Germany, via Ellis Island and about a hundred and fifty years. Enjoy it this Thanksgiving.
- 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!