Dinner Menu Ideas

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

These dinner menu ideas will make your German menu planning so much easier. Choose between a quick meal or a special company dinner.


Quick Dinner Ideas

In a hurry? Try these quick dinner menu ideas when time is limited:

Green Bean Soup Dinner

This easy German soup is my emergency dinner, because there are so many different variations I can make. Just changing the meat or the vegetables creates an entirely different meal.

I always keep the ingredients on hand, so dinner can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Making a large pot of soup also provides leftovers for the next day. A win-win situation.

And for dessert? Make this traditional frozen fruit dessert called Eis und Heiss -- a sauce made from frozen fruit and served hot over ice cream.


Breaded Pork Chop Dinner

German Schnitzel is so traditional. However, for my family of five to make the schnitzel was awkward because it was hard to cook that many "large" (flattened) chops.

Instead, our favorite were these breaded pork chops. With practice, this meal could be thrown together in about 30 minutes.

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First make the chops and once they're cooking, get the potatoes cooking. Cut the scrubbed potatoes into chunks, cover with boiling water (put the kettle on earlier), add 1/2 tsp. salt, and bring to boil. Boil gently for about 15 - 20 minutes.

While that's all cooking, put frozen veggies into pot, barely cover with boiling water (from that kettle), and gently simmer about 4 - 6 minutes.

German dinner's ready! Enjoy!

  • Serve some fresh fruit for dessert

Company Dinner Menu Ideas

Company's coming! What to make? Something special!

Here are some of the dinner menu ideas that I often use for guests. Sometimes, actually many times, these are also special meals for the family. Usually reserved for Sunday dinners and family get-togethers, these are delightful ways to share our German heritage.

These meals take a bit more planning, but I always try to find quicker and easier ways to make the traditional German recipes. Rouladen are an example. Only for very special will I make them.

However, Flatladen are a rouladen alternative. Same great taste, just more economical, quicker, and easier.

Rouladen Dinner

This is the quintessential traditional German meal! So delicious and so special. Rouladen take time, so I often make them the night before I need them and just reheat them the next day.

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This is usually served with potato dumplings and red cabbage as the side dish. Carrots make a nice extra side.

In Germany, desserts are often just puddings, ice cream, or fruit. However, when I serve a German-style dinner to guests, they seem to expect a German torte for dessert. And what's more traditional than German Black Forest Cake?


Flatladen Dinner

Just as special, only quick and easy. Flatladen are my variation on Rouladen and have found their way to my weekday dinner menu ideas as well. Served with red cabbage (naturally), sometimes made with jarred red cabbage, and boiled potatoes.

Dessert? Well, an easy version of Black Forest Cake rounds out this quicker and easier German dinner.

Want a different side dish? Try Brussels sprouts.The easy recipe below makes this healthy vegetable a real treat.

This flatladen meal takes a lot less time to prepare than the rouladen meal above. Just as tasty? We think so.

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Green Bean Soup, aka Grüne Bohnensuppe is a quick soup to throw together if you have little time to prepare a meal. This one by far is a family favorite
You have got to try this Beef Rouladen! Stuffed and rolled to perfection with a variety of ingredients! It IS the traditional German food!
Breaded Pork Chops! You could never go wrong with this tasty, juicy recipe!
Beef Flatladen,  This recipe is a simpler way of achieving that delicious Rouladen taste but without all the hassle.

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