Oma's Delicious German Recipes: Easy Meals to Traditional Favorites
Uncover 600+ delicious German recipes from Oma! From easy meals to classic dishes, breads to desserts, and more. YUMMY! YUMMY!
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 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. Cooking and baking for now over 65 years (starting at my Mutti's side), I applied what I learned to be able to make favorite family dishes easily. No fancy methods, ingredients or equipment.
Just delicious German food ... outside of Germany. In fact, these Top 10 German foods can be enjoyed worldwide!
Take a look at my quick hack for making a dish that tastes just like beef Rouladen. I created a recipe I call Flatladen. It's a simplified version of Rouladen, but with the same great tasting gravy and tender meat.
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 so traditionally German!
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.
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!
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:
- Sauerbraten (Marinated Beef Roast)
- Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Hocks)
- Rouladen (Stuffed Beef Rolls)
- Schnitzel (Veal or Meat Cutlets)
- Kartoffel Klösse (Potato Dumplings)
- Rotkohl (Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage)
- Sauerkraut (Fermented Cabbage)
- Spätzle (Egg noodles)
- Kartoffel Pfannkuchen (Potato Pancakes)
- 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
However, there is one dish (according to a recent German poll) that is often considered the national dish ... Königsberger Klopse.
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 the top 7 German desserts:
- Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)
- Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
- Obsttorte (Fruit Flan)
- Rote Grütze (Red Berry Pudding)
- Dampnudeln (Steamed Dumplings)
- Apple Strudel
- 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.
Then, of course, there's the pretzel, known as brezel. We'll call it a national treat, whether served sweet or savory.
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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!
When it's time for dinner, get traditional with Oma's favorite combinations. Get her collection in Oma's German Dinners, which include salads, soups, entrees, and desserts!
Take a peek at all Oma's eCookbooks. They make sharing your German heritage a delicious adventure!
What Oma's fans are saying about her 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!
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Behind the scenes ...
Here are my two sweet granddaughters, Lydia (on the left) and Alana, showing off Oma's unique German aprons and my newest cookbook.
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 not only loves to cook and bake, but also helps me with the website stuff that happens behind the scenes. Check out her About Lydia page and see what she says.
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