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German Recipes made Just like Oma 

Make traditional German food, just like Oma. From meats to dumplings to desserts and more.

Easy authentic German recipes? German food isn't normally put into the category of being quick and easy to make. That, however, is about to change! You'll find Oma's German recipes are actually easy to make. And ... so yummy!

Oma's Hacks for Traditional German Foods

Many of the German traditional cooking and baking recipes require many hours and ingredients not commonly found outside of Germany.

That's where this Oma needed to make changes. Take a look at my quick hack for making beef Rouladen for example. I created a recipe I call Flatladen. It's a simplified version of Rouladen, but with the same great tasting gravy!

Flatladen, the alternative Rouladen recipe, that's easier, quicker, and cheaper to make, yet tastes just the same

Talk about easy and cheaper! Flatladen, aka "Flat Rouladen" , have become a favorite meal for all who have tried it.

Food that is both easy AND quick to make AND delicious AND so traditionally German!

Oma Gerhild Fulson

That's me, Oma. And, only you'll know my secrets and hacks to preparing these dishes to resemble the old "tried and true" traditional methods with more modern ones.

For example, take my German Apple Strudel recipe. This one is one of my most often made dessert recipes, whether for guests or just hubby and me.

Make this easy apple strudel recipe, just like Oma's ... it's so good!

The original method is quite a process and has quite a learning curve. The dough is stretched to paper-thinness, the size of a table-top!

Now there's an easy way to make this. And, you can even make the vegan version, if you need that for guests.

In fact, this strudel is one of the quickest and easiest desserts there is! Perhaps you're looking to make a German Black Forest cake? You can choose to make the traditional way made from scratch. But, if you're in a hurry, there's an easy version made from a mix and a can!

Make this easy version of the traditional Black Forest Cake when you're in a hurry and want some yummy German food.

Traditional German food ~ quickly and easily. Ready? Which will you start with? 

What are traditional German Foods?

Each region of Germany has its own favorite foods. However, the top 10 traditional German foods are:

  1. Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef Roast)
  2. Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Hocks)
  3. Rouladen (Stuffed Beef Rolls)
  4. Schnitzel (Veal or Meat Cutlets)
  5. Kartoffel Klösse (Potato Dumplings)
  6. Rotkohl (Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage)
  7. Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage)
  8. Spätzle (Egg noodles)
  9. Kartoffel Pfannkuchen (Potato Pancakes)
  10. Wurst (Sausages)

Here are some of the most requested and favorite ones, ones that are so delicious and not that difficult to make:

What is the national dish of Germany?

This is an oft asked question, but is so really difficult to answer. Simply stated, with Germany being made up of a mix of cultures and regions, there really isn't just one national dish. Most regions have their own favorites, but among the very top ones are sauerbraten and rouladen.

However, there is one dish (according to a recent German poll) that is often considered the national dish ... Königsberger Klopse.

The most famous German meatballs, aka Königsberger Klopse, with its creamy sauce

What are some traditional German Desserts?

After all that good food, it's time for desserts, cakes, and tortes! There are so many to choose from. The most popular? Here they are:

  1. Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)
  2. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
  3. Obsttorte (Fruit Flan)
  4. Rote Grütze (Red Berry Pudding)
  5. Dampnudeln (Steamed Dumplings)
  6. Apple Strudel
  7. Berliner or Fasnacht (Jelly Donuts)

What foods are traditionally eaten at Oktoberfest?

Then, of course, there's Oktoberfest. The foods traditionally eaten there include schweinshaxe (pork hocks) and brathendl (roast chicken), so these could well be classified as national dishes as well. 

Make these delicious German pretzels, whether to celebrate Oktoberfest or just because!

Then, of course, there's the pretzel, known as brezel. We'll call it a national treat, whether served sweet or savory.

Wanting something uniquely German ...

Pop over to my own online store, filled with lots of unique gift items, both for you and especially for Oma's and Opa's! You'll find my e-cookbooks here as well.

Here are my two sweet granddaughters, Lydia (on the left) and Alana, showing off Oma's unique German aprons and my newest cookbook.

Lydia and Alana showing off their new aprons and cookbooks.

These two have been so much fun to cook and bake with ever since they were little. We're looking forward to many more yummy kitchen adventures together making German food!

In fact, Lydia has come on staff here at Just like Oma. She loves, not only to cook and bake, but also all that tech stuff that happens behind the scenes. Check out her About Lydia page and see what she says.

So go ahead! Get out YOUR pots and pans.

Pull out your ingredients. Print off some recipes, and get ready to start cooking and enjoying easy, delicious German foods today!

I've added 100's of my recipes here, and am adding more and more.

Check out my recipe index or, if you know what you're looking for, type it in the search bar in the top corner of this page. 

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What Oma's fans are saying ...

These delicious soups are truly made in no time at all, quick, as the title says, with ingredients that you most likely have on hand.

What a relief it is not having to go shop for ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce! Included in the book are many ideas of substituting the original ingredients and turning-up the taste a notch or totally changing the taste of the soup.

The directions are easy to follow and easy to understand. You’ll have no problem serving these soups to your guests. They are foolproof & yummy delicious!

What I love the most is that you add a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You don’t have to be exact at all with measuring the ingredients. And cutting up the vegetables doesn’t have to be pretty either.

Gerhild makes it so easy! She takes away the fear of messing up or trying something new.

Quick Fix Soups’ is a great addition to my recipe collection, one I don’t want to miss. Thank you, Gerhild, for inspiring us all and saving us time in the kitchen!

➤ Heidi Moellgaard

Grab your copy of my own German Soup e-Cookbook in English. You'll LOVE it! 

Sharing these soup recipes from my Mutti and Oma to my own young grandchildren ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our German heritage :)

What Oma's fans are saying about her new paperback book, "German Meals at Oma's" ...

To those who don’t know Gerhild, she’s the Oma who put German cuisine on the map with her highly popular website, justlikeoma.com.

Oma dispelled, with great skill, my stereotypical view of beige-y sauce over beige-y sausage with beige-y sauerkraut and beige-y potatoes and finally – beige-y taste. I thought all German cuisine was the same – sausage. Boy was I wrong. Beautifully photographed, Oma’s recipes taste as scrumptious as they look.

Look out France, Spain and Italy. A new major European cuisine is about to give you a run for our palates!

➤ Ken Evoy, MD, Founder of SiteSell.com and creator of Solo Build It!

Leave a comment about this recipe or ask a question?

Pop right over to my private Facebook group, the Kaffeeklatschers. You'll find thousands of German foodies, all eager to help and to talk about all things German, especially these yummy foods. 

I pop in all the time as well, to chat and to answer questions. 

Meet with us around Oma's table, pull up a chair, grab a coffee and a piece of Apfelstrudel, and enjoy the visit.

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"For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

Romans 14:17