➤ by Lydia Fulson
Oma's TOP 10 German foods that will have you thinking you're back in your Oma's kitchen in Germany, cooking and baking together with her. But best of all, you'll be making memories!
Being in the kitchen working alongside my Oma is one of my favorite things to do and has been since I was little. We've made many memories together making these yummy recipes ... lots of picture taking, lots of laughs and lots of snacking along the way. :)
Now, let's take a look at my Oma's top 10 German recipes!
You may recognize this picture from our home page, so to kick off our top ten recipes, let's tackle those four you see there first! Starting with ...
German Potato Dumplings, aka Kartoffelklöße, bring back great memories of visits to my Oma's house. We would often find a big bowl of these potato dumplings waiting for us on the table, and sitting right beside them would be Rouladen with gravy! Yum! This recipe is straight from my Oma's Mutti's cookbook, which makes it even more special.
The best part about these dumplings is the leftovers because they're so easy to pack up and send home with us after our visit. Oma always sends home doggy bags, but how could we complain about that? ;)
After those delicious dumplings, let's move onto that delicious Rouladen that we mentioned earlier ...
This traditional German beef Rouladen recipe is my Oma's most cherished German food from her childhood and she has since passed it down to my sister and me. Rouladen have now become OUR most cherished food too!
I have such sweet memories making this recipe with Oma, especially for our birthday celebrations. This recipe is a favorite in our family, and I often find myself making it at home. I like to stuff my beef rolls with extra pickles. Coming from a true pickle lover like myself, there can never be enough of them.
Rouladen is the go-to recipe that I always make for my friends after the debate on which German food is the best. My vote always goes for Rouladen, and once they taste it, they agree!
What do we have next? Oh yes!
This Jagerschnitzel is a very traditional meal in Germany and in our family too. The recipe comes from my Oma's Mutti, and I can say that it's one worth making. There are lots of ways to make schnitzel, but Oma's way is the best!
Jagerschnitzel is so simple to make, and when covered in this heavenly creamy mushroom sauce, it is pure delight for the taste buds. Extra bacon is always welcome in mine, and with Oma's delicious potato salad on the side (With extra pickles too, of course!) ... now THAT'S a meal.
Let's get to something a little sweeter ...
This German Black Forest Cake is one that Oma and I have made many times together! I learned how to make this one when I was quite young with Oma when preparing a birthday dinner for my Dad. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is his absolute favorite!
For years now, I've been making this recipe and always have a blast decorating it. Dad loves having nuts in desserts and always requests them if we're making brownies or muffins at home, so naturally, I add loads of sliced almonds to add some nice crunch.
You can really make this cake to your liking which makes it even better. One of the best parts about cake making is that even though your measurements are crucial to be perfect, the decorating is in your hands! ... Literally!
It can get messy, but that's one of the fun joys of baking. I know that was always my favorite part when making this with Oma.
That wraps up our top four German foods! Don't they look and sound so yummy? Be sure to give them a go, but before you get busy trying them out, let's take a look at our next top 6 recipes!
Up first we have ...
Oma's Pork Hocks are not just for Oktoberfest, but anytime you want something traditionally German and wonderfully delicious! Served alongside the most German side of them all, sauerkraut, it makes for a delicious meal.
Oma makes her pork hocks so flavorful and bold it will make you think you're back in Germany dining at your favorite restaurant. It will always be on my bucket list to travel to Germany and see how their pork hocks compare to Oma's and see if they're anywhere near as yummy as hers! She always makes it best, especially when making it for us, maybe because it has that special ingredient, love!
Love is just what you'll feel once you try this recipe. You'll fall in love with the very first bite!
Next up is our famous German side ...
This easy recipe for sauerkraut is a staple in our German family menu. It's delicious with almost anything. Yes, sauerkraut goes with pork, beef, sausage, noodles, potatoes, and even soups!
This recipe is the perfect one to make for summer BBQs. You can add it on top of your fresh bratwurst or eat it by itself, but either way, it's wunderbar! Oma has given me the best tips for making sauerkraut, from cooking it properly, to the best kind to buy. Follow my Oma's recipe, and you'll be turning heads at the dinner table with this traditionally German side.
Not to mention, sauerkraut is remarkably healthy for you! Authentic, lecker, simple, and healthy? Now that sounds like the perfect recipe!
Looking delicious! What's up next?
German cucumber salad recipe, aka Gurkensalad, is one of our favorite summer salad recipes.
We eat this salad so often in the summertime. It really is the ultimate refresher for family picnics. The first time I made this recipe with Oma, I thought, there's no way cucumbers belong in a bowl with all this stuff ... boy, was I wrong! The flavors all compliment each other so perfectly, and I find myself having bowl after bowl!
You'll love the punch of flavor this salad gives off. Giving a little crunch, creaminess, and loads of flavors, this is THE salad to serve!
Looks like we've made it to my favorite German side dish:
This German red cabbage recipe, aka Rotkohl, is easy to make, and it tastes even better the next day! Red cabbage recipes are really a staple for German cooking. It's German food at its best! :)
I love making this recipe as a quick side dish or even as a late-night snack. (I take the easy route and buy jarred cabbage with apples.) But nothing beats going to Oma's for dinner and seeing her homemade red cabbage on the table. It will always be my go-to and favorite German food! It's just so tasty!
Even people who say they don't like red cabbage find this dish almost like eating candy! They take second helpings because it's so good.
Looking for a German bread rolls recipe that's reminiscent of the Brötchen you had in Germany? This is the recipe for you! Make these for Easter morning as a lovely surprise for your hubby!
Oma makes this recipe quickly and deliciously in her bread maker. These Brötchen are the perfect accompaniment to a hot bowl of soup, perhaps Oma's green bean soup?
Just melt some butter on top and let the comforting flavors soak in as you savor every bite of the German nostalgia!
Last but certainly not least, we have this nutty sweet treat:
Prepare to hear lots of "oos' and "aahs" with this cake! When you set this delicious Bee Sting Cake down on the table in front of your guests, everyone will be diving in for seconds!
Not only is it eye-catching, but it's easy, and if there's one thing Oma loves, it's EASY. Although, you do need to bring your patience with you to the kitchen with this one. Making the yummy nut topping can be time-consuming, but in the end, it's worth every second!
This treat has so many layers of goodness that are guaranteed to impress. There are many different fillings you can use for your layers ... it's all up to you, the chef! You can make it with or without yeast too.
Bienenstich really is a simple step-by-step, inexpensive delicacy, and it's one that you can't miss out on baking.
Don't those all look so incredibly lecker? Now that we've made it to the end of our Top 10 german recipes, it's time to get cooking and baking them!
Just follow the links, get your favorite apron out and enjoy some kitchen time.
Oma's Cream Roll recipe, Biskuitrolle, is the German version of a Swiss roll or jelly roll. Filled with whipped cream and studded with berries, this is an easy-to-make treat anytime of the year.
Make this pan roasted carrot recipe when you're wanting quick and easy carrots just like this German Oma makes them. Similar to oven roasted, just quicker. YUM!
Cooking green beans, German-style, makes a wonderful side dish for almost any meal. Cooking the grüne Bohnen till just tender with a creamy white sauce is so traditional and so lecker!
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