German Cuisine -Food that Satisfies

Map of Germany

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History of German Cooking

Germany is a country located in the middle of Western Europe and is a land full of culinary delights. German cuisine has evolved through the generations of political change, and it varies from one region to another. Meals and ingredients vary by province but many dishes are both regional and national at this time. Bavaria and Seabia in the south of Germany share many dishes. The food of Germany had been labeled as stodgy and fatty, but this has changed over the past 200 years due to Germanys close association with France and Italy, thus adopting many of their spices and cooking methods. Some of the German methods passed down through the generations are still used today, such as, preservation of food through salting, smoking, curing or pickling. This is still a common way of preparing fish, meats and vegetables

The main meats that are used in German cooking are beef, poultry and pork is the most consumed. They also eat duck, goose, turkey and many game meats, such as rabbit, boar and venison which is available year round. Trout is the most common fresh water fish, but the Germans also like pike, carp and European perch.

Vegetables are usually in stews or soups, but they are served as side dishes. The more commonly used vegetables are carrots, turnips, spinach, peas, beans, broccoli, asparagus (spargel –German name) and fried onions are very popular. Noodles are made from wheat flour and egg which makes them a lot thicker than the Italian flat pasta. Potatoes are also popular cooked in a variety of ways. In the south of Germany dumplings and potato noodles are also common

Roulades with Sauerkraut

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Roulades with Sauerkraut (Vogelsberger Rolle)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large dill pickle

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin

  • 1/4 cup German stone ground mustard

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs

  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Slice the pickle lengthwise into six wedges.

Slice pork loin into six thin, wide pieces and lay onto a baking sheet.

Lay a slice of bacon and a slice of dill pickle on one side of each pork loin slice.

Divide the mustard and sauerkraut among the pork loin slices.

Season with salt and pepper; roll up each slice tightly and secure with toothpicks.

Dip each roulade in the beaten egg and then roll in bread crumbs.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat; drizzle in the olive oil.

Cook each roulade until they are golden brown, and a thermometer inserted into the center registers 160° F (71° C), 5 to 7 minutes per side.

Remove toothpicks before serving.

Yield: 6 servings

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German Potato Salad

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German potato salad source what is up

German Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, for garnish

Directions:

Place the potatoes in a medium-size pot and cover them with enough water to extend 2 inches above the surface of the potatoes.

Salt the water and bring to boil over medium-high heat.

Continue cooking until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and slice into 1/4-inch rounds.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Once crisp, place on a paper towel-lined plate and crumble into small pieces.

Pour off the rendered fat, reserving 1/4 cup in the pan.

Turn the heat to medium and add the onion.

Cook until translucent and just beginning to brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Whisk in the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt and stir until thick and bubbly

Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • White potatoes, peeled and quartered

  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic

  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin roast

  • 1 (32 oz.) jar sauerkraut with liquid

  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds

Directions:

Place the potatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker; stir to coat.

Season the pork roast with salt and pepper; lay atop the potatoes.

Pour the sauerkraut over the roast.

Sprinkle with caraway seeds.

Cook in slow cooker on low 8 to 10 hours

German Schnizel

German Schnitzel

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pieces of Prepared Pork Cutlet
  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Bread Crumbs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil

Directions:

Dredge the meat in both flour and bread crumbs prior to cooking.

The meat is wet enough for the first dredging to stick, but for the second dredging you need the egg to make it stick.

Set up your dredging stations. Use pie plates or something similar.

You need one with the flour-liberally seasoned with salt & pepper.

Then, one with the egg, lightly beaten, and finally one with the bread crumbs.

Finally have a plate, cookie sheet etc, prepared at the end to hold the completely dredged meat.

Each cutlet is dredged in the flour, then dipped in the egg wash, then dredged again in the bread crumbs.

Allow to set for a minute or so before you cook the cutlets.

Heat the oil in a fry pan to about medium/medium hot-this oil does not have to be deep, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan with about a 1/8 of an inch or so.

Fry each Schnitzel until it is a nice golden brown.

Remember, you want a nice crust and you shouldn’t move the meat around a lot.

Let it fry for a minute or so before turning the Schnitzel..

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Rhenish Plum Cake

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Rhenish Plum Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 stick plus 1 tbsp. butter 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 jigger rum or brandy
  • 1 lb. or less of small fresh plums, seeded and halved

Directions:

Knead all ingredients except plums together; store in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Prick dough.

Brown dough on cookie sheet or in 8 x 8-inch pan..

Heat plums with water; just enough to soften them.

Drain all liquid. Place plums on dough close together, without sugar.

Bake at 325° for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Cut plum cake in rectangles or squares.

Yield: 6 servings.


Christmas Cookie Pfeffernusse

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Christmas Cookie (German Pfeffernusse)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sweet cream
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground cardamom seed
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. anise oil
  • 1 cup ground nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 8 to 10 c. flour


Directions:

Cream sugars with butter; add cream and honey.

Add spices, nuts and eggs to creamed mixture.

Sift baking powder and flour together.

Add part of flour to egg mixture; mix together.

Add remaining flour; mix by hand. Dough will be stiff but sticky.

Store in the refrigerator overnight.

Slice off part of dough at a time; roll these marble-sized pieces around between hands to give round shape.

Place close together on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350° F until light, golden brown, about 12 minutes

German Strudel

German Strudel

There are many recipes for strudel using numerous fruits.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 3 c. flour, sifted 3 times Apricot and pineapple preserves nuts
  • Coconut
  • Raisins
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

Cream butter with cream cheese..

Add flour.

Directions:

Knead dough; form into 6 balls.

Place in refrigerator overnight.

Wrap in moisture-proof wrapping.

Roll out 1 ball at a time; spread it with preserves, nuts, coconut and raisins.

Mixture should be spread to about 1/2 inch rim around the dough.

Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over all.

Roll dough up tight and brush rolls with cream.

Place on baking sheet. Make slits in top, 3/4 inch apart, for easier slicing after baking.

Bake strudel at 350° F until brown. Cut while warm; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yield: 25 servings.

German Mulled Wine

German Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 bottle water
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 11 cloves
  • 1 slices lemon peel
  • 3 sticks cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in heavy saucepan.

Heat until wine begins to simmer. Do not boil.

Serve hot.

Yield: 4-6 servings.

To Summarize

Today Germans still fall back on their rich heritage, serving wild game, lamb, pork and beef with old and new ways of preparing them and their side dishes. Popular spices are mustard, horseradish and juniper berries. Still, modern German chefs have started to create newer, lighter fare, incorporating traditional foods into their menus.

I have tried to present a cross section of various German recipes from main dishes to desserts.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

I am now starving. How did you put this alltogether without stopping to cook a few of these dishes. My wife and I visited Germany a couple years ago and fell in love with their food and deserts.


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

pamela...I have not had much German food in my life.....the potato salad looks really delicious. Thank you for putting up some interesting recipes! G


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

it is good to be introduced to another culture Pam, thumbs up, Thank you my dear, Beautiful, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cybersure, I would love to make that trip. Thanks so muuh for your comments.

GPAGE, I hope you will try something new. Thanks for your comments.

Miata, I very much appreciate your comments.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am not that familiar with German cuisine, but I am willing to try. Thanks for the recipes. The potato salad interests me so much that I think I will try it out this weekend.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

What a great selection of German recipes! The strudel has my mouth watering.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

My dear Pamela, German food it my favorite, I once had a meat that was rolled and cooked with a red cabbage special dish, I have never tasted anything so good. This is an inspiring hub you put your all into making it sound so good, thumbs up and useful


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

Great hub. I love German food particularly the schnitzel, but what I had was made with veal.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, I like to try something new occasionally. Thanks for the comment.

Shelia, Thanks for your comment.

Darlene, Thanks so much for comments.

Tom, I know they different meats for the same type dishes. Thanks for your comments.


Twenty One Days 6 years ago

Pam, great stuff. I am hooked on German food thanks to a close friend's wife. Only thing missing is Keifle and Spaetzle. -James


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Pam. Wiener schnitzel is one of my favorite foods so I really appreciated the video you included. Thanks for your non pareil research to make this hub happen.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You cheeky little thing, Pamela, hahaha. Telling how to cook German food. Your schnitzel are better if you use only breadcrumbs. They get more crisp.


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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

Oh, I love Germany food: sausages, pork roast,sauerkraut, schnitzel and strudel and of course beer. You inspired me - I will go to German restaurant tonight :) I am lucky to have a good German restaurant just a few blocks from my house :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Twenty one Days, Thank you for your comments.

drbj, I'm glad the video helped. Thanks for your comments.

Hello, Thanks for your advice. I will try that. I appreciate your comments.

Wanderlust, I like going to German restaurants also. Thanks for your comment.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Oh my - if I make it out of this month without gaining 600 pounds I shall be lucky. I have never thought that I could get tired of food but I think I'm getting there! ALL that said...magnificent because I am also part German and I had the roulade dish at Christmas one time with the pickle and fell in love with it! I have been trying to recreate it and have tried some recipes which Bob gave 4 thumbs down - so thanks for a recipe that I think will definitely work! Excellent and loved the pics....I love that we are actually taking a trip through other cuisines as it makes me think of more recipes to add to my now embarrassingly cumbersome notebooks!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I'm glad you got a new recipe. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

You omitted a main ingredient that makes all German Food wunderbar. German Bier!! In the German chapter of my hub series "A La Carte", I describe the difference between German Beer brewed and served there, vs. the ersatz German Brewed Beer we get here. Our alcohol laws limit the body and taste to the point where you couldn't compare what was made there for there and for here. When you pay the extra bucks you're buying beer aged on a boat and warehouse. The best bier is fresh from the brewery. German Beer in Germany is a meal unto itelf. David Russell


MaryRenee 6 years ago

Pamela: Wow! awesome hub! I've been thinking about making a good dessert for my German Grandfather. This hub really helps, thanks so much for sharing it! :)


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Pamela99, thanks for this great hub. I have never had pork schnitzel. Mine was made with veal, too. Loved the recipes and images. Thanks!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Russell, I know beer is important in Germany but I am not knowledgeable about it, so I stuck with just a few recipes that I liked. Thanks for your explanation and comments.

MaryRenee, I'm so glad that you will be able to use a recipe for him. Thanks for your comments.

Smireles, Maybe I should have added the veal also as you are the second person that had it prepared that way. Thanks for your comments.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh yum! Brings back memories of some of the things I had eaten at home and also when I visited my fellow nursing friend in Germany. Not the sweets so much...but the entrees. I am 3/4's German so am familiar with many of the recipes you showed here. Good job!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Peggy W. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'll def be trying a couple of these! voted it up!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Habee, I appreciate your comments.


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moonlake 6 years ago from America

This all looks so good. I love German Schnitzel.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Moonlake, Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I enjoyed learning more about German food. All the recipes look really good. Thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I'm glad you did enjoy the hub and thanks for your comments.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I've never had German food but these recipes look delicious and I will definitely try them (except for sauerkraut, not a fan) the strudel looks yummy. Voted-up/rated!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, Strudel is always delicious in my opinion. Thanks for your comments.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hello Pamela99. This is a great Hub. German food is very delicious. I´m cooking German meal every other day. We have a lot of different sausages, salamis, cheese and many other fatty foods like `Eisbein with Sauerkraut´.There are varieties of bread as well from white to dark brown bread and Pumpernikel. Schwarzwälderkirschtorte, the original Black Forrest Cake is the best. Voted Up.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Thelma, The food you listed sounds delicious. I appreciate your comments.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

These recipes look so good!! I am bookmarking them to add to my recipe files.

My sister married a young man many years ago whose family was German. She learned to cook many fabulous dishes that we did not eat in the South. How lucky we are that she did.

Thanks for sharing these, Pamela.

Angels are winging their way to you on the afternoon of the Fourth of July ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Patricia, I hope you enjoy the recipes. My son was stationed in Germany for a few years and his wife learned to cook some very good recipes also. Thanks for your comments. Thank you for the angels and there are some coming to you also.


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Wunderbar! I especially like the recipe for Pfeffernusse.. it reminds me a bit of the Polish cookies called kruschiki, which I always loved as a kid. Thanks for a terrific hub, Pamela !


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Chris, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I had German food at times when I was growing up also. Thanks for your comments.

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