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.

Ingredients:

  • 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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Vanillesauce – Vanilla Custard Sauce Recipe

This is a wonderful garnish for Rote Grütze.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  2 hours
Servings: 2-1/4 cups of sauce, 4 – 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk or half and half
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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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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.

Ingredients:Kartoffelsuppe

  • 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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Königsberger Klopse – Meat Dumpling Recipe

A popular dish in Northern Germany, with abundant use in Berlin pubs, particularly. Much simpler than one might think based on the ingredients.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stale bread roll (in a pinch, use breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground meat, preferably half pork, half beef
  • 1 small, finely chopped onion
  • 4 finely chopped anchovy filets
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups meat stock
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, or light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

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Hackfleischsuppe – Ground Meat Soup Recipe

(German version below.)

This is a great comfort soup that is very forgiving as far as substitutions. Our 5 year old loves this soup, but beware the fat content! 😉

Difficulty: simple
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Portions: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound, ground meat (I usually use turkey, but meatloaf mix is closer to the mix our German relatives use, and I have also used beef in a pinch.)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 bunches of leek (I have also used scallions instead, with no drastic taste change)
  • 2 cans, mushrooms OR 2 cups of fresh mushrooms
  • 2 Liters of broth, beef or vegetable works best
  • 2 c. of Velveeta, or similar type of cheese product

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Eierkuchen – German Pancakes Recipe

Eierkuchen is usually served as a midday meal in Germany, with applesauce spread on. It is a sweet dish, and is somewhat comparable to crepes – in shape, that is. This is usually a big hit with kids, and fairly easy to make.

Eierkuchen

Difficulty: very simple.
Preparation Time: 10 min.
Portions: 3.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • Butter, about 6 tbs.
  • applesauce (Optional)

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Baumkuchen – Tree Cake Recipe

While traditional Baumkuchen would be impossible to create in a home kitchen, it is possible to make a mock version which is almost as good.  This recipe requires some work, but will go well with coffee, especially around the holidays.

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: 45 min.
Portions: 8.

Ingredients:
  • 7/8 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 7/8 cup cornstarch
  • 5 1/2 ounces almond paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

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