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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Kohlrouladen – Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

This is a German staple food, and can be found at most restaurants.  The cabbage leaves are carefully parboiled and then stuffed with a seasoned ground meat mixture.  Serve with boiled potatoes for a hearty meal. (Adapted from In-Berlin-Brandenburg.com.)

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 2 hours.
Portions: 4.


  • 1 white cabbage
  • 1 stale bread roll
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pint chicken or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

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Vegetarische Gefüllte Paprikaschoten – Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I concocted this myself, while attempting to add variety to my list of South Beach Diet (low carb) recipes.  This comes out very good, and is very filling. The great thing is, you can easily adjust seasonings to suit your taste. Like spicier food? Jazz it up with a dash of hot sauce and some paprika.  More Italian? Add some fresh basil and oregano. The possibilities are endless! And a plus is, kids like it. It’s messy, fun, and they don’t know it’s healthy. Enjoy!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  1 hour
Servings: 4 – 6.


  • 1 pound of dry lentils (I like to use bagged lentils, but two cans should do the trick too.)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 6 small, or 4 large green peppers
  • Optional: You can add chopped tomatoes, peppers, or other veggies into the stuffing mixture for bulk. You can also add rice. I recommend brown, since it blends with the flavor of the lentils nicely.  You can also top with cheese towards the end of baking.

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Paprikahühnchen – Chicken with Paprika Sauce Recipe

This is a fairly simple, yummy dish. It is also forgiving. The picture you see is a version I did with leftover turkey (sloppy looking, but yummy). You can also add mushrooms, or mix peas in the sauce, etc.

This is now a staple in Germany, but was adopted from Hungary.

Difficulty: easy
Preparation Time: 50 minutes

Portions: 4

Chicken with Paprika Sauce


  • chicken or turkey, 3 breasts cut in chunks, or 2 – 3 cups if using leftovers
  • salt
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 tbs sweet paprika
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 cup sour cream

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Schweinebraten – German Pork Roast Recipe

A pork roast traditionally served with a mild sauce, red cabbage, and potato dumplings (Kartoffelknödel) in the South, or peas and boiled potatoes in the North-East.

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: over 2.5 h.
Portions: 4.



  • 2 – 3 pound pork loin roast
  • 4 slices pork bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup carrot slices
  • 2 c. white wine (substitute water, beer or broth if desired)
  • caraway seeds
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • olive, canola, or almond oil
  • 1 apple (or 1/4 c. apple juice)
  • 1 tbsp. sour cream, optional

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