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21 Traditional German Recipes You Can't Miss

These authentic, traditional recipes are packed with all the rustic flavors of German cuisine!

Updated December 13, 2017

Get in touch with your German heritage with our take on 21 Traditional German Recipes You Can't Miss. Whether you're looking for an Oktoberfest favorite or just want that signature German cake recipe to bake for your family, our selection of easy German recipes will have you asking for more. Plus, these traditional German recipes are quick and easy, so you can have them on the table in no time. Or teach them to the rest of the family, so everyone can appreciate their heritage!

German Breakfast Recipes

Rise and shine! These German breakfast recipes are the best way to start your day. They sure know how to do dessert for breakfast right in Germany.

Blueberry Dutch Pancake

Imagine the aroma coming from your oven when you bake our recipe for a Blueberry Dutch Pancake. This German pancake recipe is packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries which add a burst of freshness to every bite.

Belgian Berry Waffles

Inspired by the traditional Belgian waffles in Germany, our recipe for Belgian Berry Waffles makes waffles so fluffy, they taste gourmet! To make 'em even better, we top 'em off with a sweet and tangy berry compote and a dollop of whipped cream!

Hootenanny Pancake

They sure know how to get everyone out of bed for breakfast down on an Amish farm. Perfect pancake recipes like a Hootenanny Pancake which look as good as they taste and are a cinch to make, will guarantee that your gang won't be snoozing through the alarm clock.

German Pancakes

Not your traditional pancakes, our German Pancakes are sure to wake everybody up to a sweet aroma that'll bring 'em running! This easy German pancakes recipe  is simple and delicious -- the gang will be begging you to make it time and again! 

German Side Dish Recipes

These German side dish recipes are perfect for a potluck. They're warm, flavorful, and hearty, so you'll know they are crowd pleasers that are great for serving large groups of people. Your friends and family will be coming back for second helpings of these traditional German sides.

Mustardy Cabbage

This is one of our Oktoberfest favorites. Serve our Mustardy Cabbage alongside some brats, or any main dish, for some authentic German flavor!

Special Spaetzle

The tiny, delicate German noodle known as spaetzle is more popular than ever! Our easy recipe for Special Spaetzle will make your gang feel special, because you made it from scratch. It's such an authnethic German recipe!

German Potato Pancakes

We use real potatoes in our German Potato Pancakes to make sure we get that classic potato pancake taste we know and love. Whether you serve these up for a family breakfast or serve 'em on the side of dinner, we know the gang'll go crazy for them!

Old-Fashioned German Stuffing

Are you looking for the perfect side dish to pair with your favorite pot roast or German sausages? Try our Old-Fashioned German Stuffing! This hot and hearty stuffing is loaded with fresh sauerkraut, crumbled bacon, and rye bread, so you know it's got an authentic taste!

German Sauerkraut and Potato Balls

In every region of Germany, folks love to sit down to homemade potato dumplings and sauerkraut, which is why we came up with this recipe that combines these two traditional German favorites. Our German Sauerkraut Potato Balls are full of comforting German-style flavors!

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad isn't creamy like some of the traditional American potato salads you may be used to, but that doesn't mean it isn't as delicious! Our German Potato Salad has a sweet vinegary base and includes tasty ingredients like bacon, onion and fresh parsley. 

German Main Dish Recipes

These German main dishes will steal the show. They're the centerpieces of the meal for a reason, after all. These recipes are meat filled and bursting with flavor that will make you savor every single bite.

Sauerkraut Beer Brats

Four easy ingredients are the key to this hearty German-style recipe for Sauerkraut Beer Brats. When the weather permits, grill 'em outdoors, otherwise enjoy these tasty brats cooked on the stovetop or in the broiler. German recipes never sounded so good, or easy!

Slow Roasted Country Ribs

Slow Roasted Country Ribs get their German-inspired flavor from none other than sauerkraut. With an old world combo of tastes; that hearty dish is a true change of pace, making it one of our favorite traditional German recipes.

Sauerbraten with Ginger Gravy

Our take on this traditional German pot roast uses tender cubed steak that's covered in a flavorful ginger gravy. It's a tasty comfort food you'll wanna eat over and over again.

Oktoberfest Patties

Celebrate Oktoberfest by sitting down to a meal with an authentic Old World taste. Our Oktoberfest Patties are extra-meaty and go great alongside some potatoes, cabbage, and a stein full of your favorite German beer!

Sausage Bake

Heat up your Oktoberfest celebrations with Sausage Bake. It's a meaty delight your guests are sure to love!

Pork Schnitzel

Traditional German schnitzel is typically made with veal, but our version is made with budget-friendly and just-as-flavorful pork chops. Breaded, fried, and topped with a lemon-butter based sauce, our Pork Schnitzel makes for a sensational German-style dinner!

German Dessert Recipes

Last but not least, these German dessert recipes are great for that special someone who has a big sweet tooth. Finish off your authentic German meal with one of these recipes for a complete experience that will make you feel like you're on a mountain in Bavaria.

Apple Strudel

This Old World classic will make you feel like you're on a cruise along a winding European river! With all the traditional taste of a German-style strudel, our recipe for Apple Strudel uses a few shortcuts, like store-bought puff pastry, so you can get to enjoying in no time!

German Wave Cake

Donauwellen is a classic German dessert that's often called the "German Wave Cake." That's because the layers in this cake look like the waves of the Danube river. Our version starts off with a box of cake mix, to make it really easy, and features all of the classic flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and pudding.

Bee Sting Cake

This dessert is sure to create a lot of "buzz" with your gang! Our German Bee Sting cake is based on the traditional German "Bienenstich," which is basically a honey-glazed cake with a layer of creamy vanilla custard. One bite and you'll understand what makes this cake so buzz-worthy.

Cherry Kuchen Bars

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate German culture with your gang? Bake up a batch of our Cherry Kuchen Bars! These German-inspired dessert bars will have everyone going back for more, and wondering what other German treats you'll cook up for them next time! 

Black Forest Cake

Off-the-shelf all-American ingredients like devil's food cake mix and cherry pie filling are your passport to our version of this German classic Black Forest Cake recipe. It's a rich and decadent dessert that'll make you look like a pastry chef!

If you loved these traditional German recipes, then you'll love these Crazy Good Oktoberfest Recipes

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I love German recipes! I'm SO glad I found this. Can't wait to ask my Grandma about some of them )

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