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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Rumtopf – Preserving Seasonal Fruits Pt.1

Rumtopf is a longstanding German tradition in which various fruits are collected and preserved in rum for months. As is the case with wines, this gets better with age if done properly. There are special pots that one can purchase to preserve and maintain the necessary conditions. Imagine my giddiness when I saw that one of my favorite “go to” German shops began carrying them.

The Rumtopf at the German Deli is not only visually appealing, but also the perfect size to make a batch big enough to share over the holidays with friends and family. This is an item that can be passed down to your kids to keep your German traditions alive. That’s why I have already ordered mine.

In Pt. 2, we will look into how to prepare our Rumtopf.

See also:

Rumtopf – Preserving Seasonal Fruits Pt.2

Rumtopf – Preserving Seasonal Fruits Pt. 3

German Traditions

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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Gurkensalat – Cucumber Salad Recipe

German restaurants typically serve various salads with a meal.  It could be as simple as Weisskraut and Mohrrüben, but there is always some colorful arrangement of vegetables to accompany the dish.  One such salad is cucumber salad.  This is a nice salad anytime of year, but would be especially nice on a warm, Spring day.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Portions: 3 – 4.


  • 2 large salad cucumbers (English cucumbers would work nicely)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 tbs. white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbs. sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • fresh parsley
  • tarragon
  • fresh dill

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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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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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Kartoffelsuppe – German Potato Soup Recipe

This is a good, staple recipe for cool weather nights. The potato soup is not the creamy kind, but a thinner broth based soup.  You can add sour cream and hot dogs (Würstchen) to make it a bit heartier. This is also good with Wasa crisp bread on the side.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6.


  • 7 – 8 medium potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 liter vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 liter buttermilk
  • salt, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp. marjoram, flakes
  • Optional: parsley to garnish
  • Optional: hot dogs, sliced

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Rote Beetesalat – Red Beet Salad Recipe

A light side salad, very commonly found on the side with many dishes in German restaurants.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time: 15 minutes (3 – 4 hours for chilling)
Servings: 6.


  • 2 bunches red beets OR 2 cans of beets, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onions, minced
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil

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