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German Food Recipes: 23 Classic Dishes

By: The Editors of RecipeLion.com
Updated October 30, 2017
German Food Recipes 23 Classic Dishes

German food is some of the best on the planet. If you're thinking about trying out a new ethnic cuisine, consider some of these great German Food Recipes. These 23 classic German dishes are hearty, delicious and have stood the test of time. Your family is sure to love these traditional German food ideas and they may just become part of your regular weeknight routine. If you love potatoes and goulash, just to name a few ingredients, these recipes are a great introduction to the world of German cooking from an American standpoint.

German Appetizer Recipes

Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Bacon
  • All Day German Beef StewLoaded with veggies and delicious spices, this All Day German Beef Stew is just what you want to eat after a busy day. As much as we love the flavor of this hearty stew, what we love even more is how easy it is to prepare.
  • Omi's German Bologna SaladThis classic German recipe is an easy side dish to throw together, requires no cooking, and is bursting with flavor. Omi's German Bologna Salad combines ring bologna, red pepper, onion, tomato, and cheese in an oil and vinegar dressing.
  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage with BaconSweet and Sour Cabbage with Bacon is full of finger-licking flavors. The combination of tangy cider vinegar, salty soy sauce, sweet onions, and smoky bacon makes this German side dish absolutely addictive. 
  • Ada's Hearty German Bean SoupThis ham-and-bean soup is simple but satisfying. Great comfort food for a rainy night! There's nothing like great bean soup recipes to satisfy.
  • Old Country Sauerkraut SoupIf all soups were as flavorful as this Old Country Sauerkraut Soup, we'd be in heaven! Taking cues from traditional German cooking, this awesome soup recipe features smoked sausage, sauerkraut and a tasty blend of spices. 
  • Slow cooker soups are comforting dinners. Slow Cooker Beef Dumpling Soup is an easy slow cooker soup recipe that serves six people. 

Traditional German Main Dishes

Slow Cooker German Soup
  • Slow Cooker German SoupGerman food recipes are always warm and comforting, and this slow cooker soup recipe is no exception. 
  • Crazy German Applesauce MeatloafThere are three reasons why this meatloaf recipe is "crazy." It's crazy easy to make, crazy delicious and includes a crazy ingredient: applesauce! 
  • German Stuffed RollsIf you love traditional German food, you're going to flip for German Stuffed Rolls. The filling is a combination of ground beef, cabbage, and onion, and it's put inside a fluffy homemade dinner roll for the perfect meal.
  • Dad's German GoulashMade with ground beef, veggies, and macaroni, this ground beef goulash is one hearty dinner. It will be ready in just over 30 minutes, so you can make this great dinner during the week.
  • German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten)"Sauerbraten, also known as German Pot Roast, is a traditional dish of this European country. It's usually served on various holidays, such as Christmas but can be enjoyed any day."
  • German Slow Cooker BeefThis recipe is a version of the classic German Sauerbraten with Spaetzle noodles. However, it has a little twist. The gravy on top of the beef is actually made with ginger snaps to lend it a surprisingly sweet and spicy flavor.

German Potato Salad Recipes

Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato Salad
  • Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato SaladFor a truly amazing potato salad recipe, Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato Salad is a front runner.
  • Oma's German Potato SaladThe most delicious potato salads are the ones that are made with love, and my oma definitely infused her brand of love in this potato salad recipe!
  • Potato Salad BitesIf you love everything about a traditional-style potato salad, then get ready to enjoy this modern twist recipe for Potato Salad Bites. 
  • Old Fashioned German Potato SaladWhen you want a real taste of childhood, make Old Fashioned German Potato Salad. This is the classic potato salad recipe that you've been waiting for.
  • Hot German Potato Salad"Hot German Potato Salad is a scrumptious side dish that everyone will love with its' warm bacon potato goodness with just the right sweet tang makes this potato salad delicious. 

German Dessert Recipes

Elegant Black Forest Cake
  • Elegant Black Forest CakeThis lovely multi layered cake is a classy but simple dessert. Elegant Black Forest Cake is made with chocolate cake, cherry filling, and dark chocolate frosting.
  • German Butter Pound CakeIf you're looking for a good old-fashioned German recipe, this may be one of the best. German Butter Pound Cake is a cake recipe from scratch that makes the moistest pound cake you'll ever eat. 
  • German Apple CakeGerman Apple Cake is as authentic as it gets. This apple cake recipe has been translated all the way from Germany so we all have a chance to make it ourselves. 
  • German Chocolate Ice Cream PieThis ice cream pie is a chocolate lover's dream. It's a perfect frozen dessert for any occasion but especially for the Christmas season. Even though it might not be as traditional as some other German dessert recipes, it's still a total win in our books!
  • German Chocolate BrowniesFor a perfect "anytime" dessert, whip up a batch of these German Chocolate Brownies.
  • German Apple CobblerMom's German Apple Cobbler is the perfect dessert for fall, but once you taste it, you'll want to make this easy apple cobbler recipe all the time.

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