Kartoffelkroketten – Potato Croquettes Recipe

This is a great accompaniment for many things. It is fancier than mashed potatoes and french fries, but satisfies the need for a potato side. Try serving with cod in a wine and mustard sauce!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes.


  • 3/4 kg / 1.6 lbs potatoes (mealy or mashing type like Russet)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • pinch of pepper, preferably white ground
  • oil for frying, canola

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Apfel-Rotkohl – German Red Cabbage and Apple Recipe

I am a huge fan of red cabbage. This is a great way to make it really special. This is best if prepared a day in advance.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Portions: 6.


  • 2 1/2 to 3-pound red cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. butter, or minced bacon
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 1/2 c. red wine vinegar (in a pinch, apple cider vinegar will also work)
  • 2 c. broth (beef, vegetable, or chicken stock)
  • 2 c. red wine
  • 6 whole cloves (make a small cheesecloth bag containing the cloves, to be removed after cooking)
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Thickener: 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. flour

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Rumtopf – Preserving Seasonal Fruits Pt.2

So today we are going to discuss exactly what you can place in your Rumtopf. This is a very easy lesson.  You can place many fruits in there.

These are the best candidates for a good Rumtopf (make sure fruits are pitted, cored, and with stems/leaves removed, if applicable):

  • Pineapple (cut into large chunks)Rumtopf
  • Cherries (any variety)
  • Peaches (cut in halves, quarters, or slices)
  • Apricots (halves)
  • Nectarines (halves)
  • Plums (half or quarter)
  • Pears (peeled and sliced)
  • Grapes (sweet seedless red or green grapes are ideal)
  • Strawberries (don’t wash, just remove stem & leaves).
  • Raspberries (don’t wash).
  • Red currants
  • Gooseberries

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Rotkohl – Red Cabbage Recipe

Rotkohl is a staple in Germany. While there are good German red cabbage products at places like ShopRite, making it from scratch can be very satisfying. Here is a great recipe that will remind you of Oma’s home cooking.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 1 hour 30 minute.
Portions: 6.


  • 1 medium head red cabbage, cored and sliced
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water

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Champignon Rahm Sauce – Creamed Mushrooms Recipe

This is super easy, and a nice accompaniment to schnitzel.   In Bavaria, it is referred to as Pilze in Sahnesoße.

Difficulty: easy.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Portions: 4.


  • 3 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large can, 2 small cans, or 2 cups of fresh quartered or sliced mushrooms
  • 1 – 2 cups broth, beef, pork or vegetable
  • pinch of salt

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Berliner Currywurst – Knockwurst in Curry Sauce Recipe

Anyone that has been to a German city, particularly Berlin, will know that you can’t walk a block without finding an Imbiss (food stand or cart) or pub, that serves Currywurst.  It is the best fast food, that only requires a plastic toothpick to eat. And it is also super easy to make at home.

To make this authentic in appearance and taste, knockwurst is the best to use.  However, I have made it with hot dogs to great effect.  As a German vegetarian recipe option, why not try soy dogs?  The typical side dish to serve this with is french fries, or Pommes.  I make my own, but you could also buy bagged for an even quicker meal.

Difficulty: easy.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes.
Portions: 4.


  • 1 package of knockwurst (5 links) OR 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 8-ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

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Kartoffelpuffer – German Potato Pancakes Recipe

I LOVE these! There are a little bit of work, but well worth it.  Try them with some sugar sprinkled on top or applesauce (my personal favorite). Yum!

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: over 1 hour
Portions: 4.


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup flour (if potatoes are dry, use less, wet, use more)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • vegetable oil or butter, or a mixture of both (for frying)

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Weinkraut – Baked Sauerkraut with Apples Recipe

A yummy variation of sauerkraut.  This is a perfect way to get rid of some not-so-fresh apples!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  1.25 hours
Servings: 4 – 6 servings.


  • 1 quart sauerkraut
  • 1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. butter, bacon drippings, or margarine
  • 2 – 3 medium sized apples
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or bouillon
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds

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Rote Grütze – German Red Fruit Pudding Recipe (Red Grits)

This is a Summer time staple dessert in Germany, and takes advantage of the fresh berries of the season.  Served with a vanilla sauce, this is a wonderful dessert, and lovely change from the usual.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  Make 24 hours in advance.
Servings: 4 – 6.


  • 6 cups fresh or frozen, unsweetened berries (raspberries, strawberries, red currants, or a combination of these)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Erbsensuppe – Split Pea Soup Recipe

Another great comfort food, and very easy to make.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  2 hours
Servings: 6.


  • 1 pound of dry split peas (1 bag)
  • water
  • 4 fresh bay leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup of carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes OR 2 cans of beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup hot dogs, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

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