A collection of Popular German Food & German Recipes - Eat like a German!

What would be a good Germany vacation without some great authentic home-made German food? The German recipes below are some favorites in our circle of friends and we thought, we'd share them with you. At this point the collection is still small but we're hoping to grow it quickly with your help. If you have a favorite German recipe that you would like to share please send us an email and we will add it here to our German food "Eat Like a German" German recipe collection.



Magic Soup

Magic Soup
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Cabbage soup is said to be of nearly miraculous powers. The cabbage, swimming in a vegetable broth, is not only good for those looking to lose weight, it is also tasty. Spices such as chile pepper and black pepper strengthen the immune system and give… [ + ] More Details


Lamb's Lettuce with Croutons

Lamb's Lettuce with Croutons
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Hardly a salad in Germany has as many different names as lamb's lettuce, which is known as Feldsalat, Rapunzel, Ackersalat, Nüsschensalat, Vogerlsalat or Sonnenwirbel. The diminutive salad even plays a, sometimes prominent, role in many a story and… [ + ] More Details


Jaegerschnitzel (East and West Variants)

"Jägerschnitzel" - "hunter's schnitzel (cutlet)" - has a name evocative of game and forests, but it's one of the most popular Schnitzel dishes in all of Germany, all-year and far from forests, too. [ + ] More Details


Westphalian Blind Hen Stew

Westphalian Blind Hen Stew
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There's a German saying, „Auch ein blindes Huhn findet ab und zu mal ein Korn" - even a blind chicken will sometimes find a grain, used to mean that the solution to a problem may be found by dumb luck. The dish called "Westphalian Blind Chicken" is… [ + ] More Details


Toast Hawaii

Toast Hawaii
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Sounds exotic, seems - but isn't - American, but rather a "traditional" German food, even if no one wants to believe it: Toast Hawaii [ + ] More Details


Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff
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A magical herb with an enchanting scent, said to be of good effect - in more ways than one: woodruff. [ + ] More Details


Onion Cake

A nice stroll through the vineyards and then a glass of federweisser, a bite of onion cake, and the view of the Rhine or Neckar… doesn't that just sound perfect? [ + ] More Details


Onion Soup from Weimar

The second October weekend in Weimar, nothing goes without onion. On cake, in soup, in the famous plaited loaf or in bundles of (dry) flowers… the onion market of Weimar is legendary. More than 300000 visitors come by to see the event, both Weimar… [ + ] More Details


Nuremberg Bratwurst

They are the best-known representative of the city of Nuremberg: the small sausages - Rostbratwürste - best eaten by the dozen. [ + ] More Details


Bavarian Pretzel Dumplings

Bavarian Pretzel Dumplings
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The Breznknödel (pretzel dumplings) are a great way of using old pretzels or pretzel rolls to create a tasty side dish. [ + ] More Details


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Prepare your own German food at home - lots of Family Fun!

Wiener Schnitzel with French Fries
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What would be a good Germany vacation without some great authentic home-made German food? One of the big advantages living in a vacation apartment is that you have typically a full kitchen available, that allows you to prepare your own meals.

Preparing German foods is lots of family fun, starting from buying the necessary groceries at the local farmer's market or grocery store, and preparing a tasty authentic German meal. Try it! In addition, this saves you significant money (compared to eating out in restaurants all the time), and allows you to better experience the German culture.

The German recipes below are some favorites in our circle of friends and we thought, we'd share them with you. At this point the collection is still small but we're hoping to grow it quickly with your help. If you have some favorite German recipes that you would like to share please send us an email and we will add it here to the Eat Like a German German recipe collection.

We're particularly interested in traditional german recipes, german cake recipes, and german dessert recipes. Thanks for your help - and enjoy great German food freshly prepared in our own vacation apartment!
The Kraft Family



More about German food and eating in Germany

German cuisine and German food sticks pretty much to its roots and a typical dish will consist of meat with some form of potatoes and gravy, accompanied by vegetables or salad. However, the modern German cuisine has been influenced by other European countries such as Italy and France and gets a bit lighter. Dishes show a great local diversity and it might be interesting to discover those.




Typical Dishes in Germany

Rinderroulade mit Rotkraut und Knödeln

This dish is quite unique to Germany and a popular Germany food item. Very thin sliced beef rolled around a piece of bacon and pickled cucumber until it looks like a mini barrel (5 cm diameter) flavored with tiny pieces of onion, German mustard, ground black pepper and salt. The meat is quick-fried and is then left to cook slowly for an hour, meanwhile red cabbage and potato dumplings are prepared and then the meat is removed from the frying pan and gravy is prepared in the frying pan. Knödel, Rotkraut and Rouladen are served together with the gravy in one dish.

Schnitzel mit Pommes frites

There are probably as many different variations of Schnitzel as there are restaurants in Germany (and therefore of course many different german recipes available.) They have in common a thin slice of pork often covered in egg and bread crumbs that is fried for a short period of time and it is often served with fries (that's the Pommes frites part). Variations of this are usually served with different types of gravy: such as Zigeunerschnitzel, Zwiebelschnitzel, Holzfäller Schnitzel and Wiener Schnitzel (as the name suggests, an Austrian dish - the genuine article must be veal instead of pork, which is why most restaurants offer a Schnitzel Wiener Art, or Viennese-style schnitzel which is allowed to be pork). In the south you can often get Spätzle (pasta that Swabia is famous for) instead of fries with it. Spätzle are egg noodles typical of south Germany - most restaurants make them fresh. It is very common to find Schnitzel on the menu of a German restaurant, it might even be the most common dish in German restaurants.

Rehrücken mit Spätzle

Germany has maintained huge forests such as the famous Black Forest, Bayrischer Wald and Odenwald. In and around these areas you can enjoy the best game in Germany. Rehrücken means venison tenderloin and it is often served with freshly made noodles such as Spätzle and a very nice gravy based on a dry red wine (very popular in german cuisine.)

Wurst (sausage)

There is no country in the world with a greater variety of sausages than Germany and it would take a while to mention them all. Bratwurst is fried, other varieties such as the Bavarian Weißwurst are boiled. Here is the shortlist version: Rote beef sausage, Frankfurter Wurst boiled pork sausage made in the Frankfurt style, Pfälzer Bratwurst sausage made in Palatine style, Nürnberger Bratwurst Nuremberg sausage - the smallest of all of them, but a serious contender for the best tasting German sausage, große Bratwurst, Landjäger, Thüringer Bratwurst, Currywurst, Weißwurst ... this could go on till tomorrow. If you spot a sausage on a menu this is often a good (and sometimes the only) choice. Often served with mashed potato, fries or potato salad.

Koenigsberger Klopse

Literally meatballs from Koenigsberg, this is a typical dish in and around Berlin. The meatballs are made out of minced pork and are cooked and served in a white sauce with capers and rice or potatoes.

Matjesbrötchen

Soussed herring or roll mops in a bread roll, typical street snack.

Seasonal Specialties

White Spargel (asparagus)

... floods the restaurants in April/June all over Germany and it is delicious especially in and around Baden-Baden and the small town of Schwetzingen (The Spargel Capital), near Heidelberg, in an area north and north-east of Hannover (Lower Saxon Asparagus Route), as well as in the area southwest of Berlin, especially in the town Beelitz and along the Lower Rhine, especially Walbecker Spargel (Walbeck is a suburb of Geldern). Many vegetables can be found all around the year and the are often imported from far away. Whereas asparagus can be found only for 2 months from mid April to mid June and is best enjoyed freshly after harvest it stays nice for a couple of hours or till next day. The asparagus is treated very carefully and it is harvested before it ever is exposed to daylight and only then it remains white. When exposed to daylight it changes its color to a green and it might taste bitter. Therefore, white asparagus is considered to be better by most Germans (a very popular german food example.)

The standard Spargel meal is the spargel stalks, hollandaise sauce, boiled potatoes, and some form of meat. The most common meat is ham, smoked preferred; however you will find it teamed with schnitzel (fried breaded pork), turkey, beef, or whatever is available in the kitchen.

White asparagus soup: one of the hundreds of different recipes that can be found with white asparagus is soup. Often it is made with cream and has some of the thinner asparagus pieces.

Lebkuchen

Germany has many nice Christmas biscuits and gingerbread. The best known are produced in and around Nuremberg. Check out also our german dessert recipes.

Stollen

... is a kind of plaited bun during the Advent season and yuletide. Original Stollen is produced only in Dresden, Saxony, however you can buy Stollen everywhere in Germany (although Dresdner Stollen is reputed to be the best - and due to the low salaries in Eastern Germany - comparatively cheap). We have also a collection of german cake recipes - take a look!

Around St. Martin's day, roasted ducks and geese (Martinsgans) are quite common in German restaurants, usually served with Rotkraut (red cabbage) and Knödeln (potato dumplings).




About German Bread

Germans are very fond of their bread, which they make in many variations. This is the food that Germans tend to miss most when away from home and one of the most popular German food items. Most people like their bread relatively dark and dense and scorn the soft loaves sold in other countries. Bakeries will rarely provide less than twenty different sorts of bread and it's worth trying a few of them. In fact, many Germans buy their lunch or small snacks in bakeries instead of takeaways or the like. Prices for a loaf of bread will range from 0.50 Euros to 4 Euros, depending on the size (real specialties might cost more).

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