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German Cuisine - Several Great Recipes

I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

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 Germany's 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 poundspork 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

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

Hot German potato salad is typically about 150 calories for a one cup serving.

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

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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..

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.

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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

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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:

  1. Cream butter with cream cheese..
  2. Add flour.
  3. Directions:
  4. Knead dough; form into 6 balls.
  5. Place in refrigerator overnight.
  6. Wrap in moisture-proof wrapping.
  7. Roll out 1 ball at a time; spread it with preserves, nuts, coconut and raisins.
  8. Mixture should be spread to about 1/2 inch rim around the dough.
  9. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over all.
  10. Roll dough up tight and brush rolls with cream.
  11. 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

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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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 05, 2013:

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

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 05, 2013:

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 !

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 04, 2013:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 04, 2013:

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

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 07, 2011:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 06, 2011:

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.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 07, 2010: