We’re tapping kegs and grilling up our brats ~ Octoberfest festivities have already started across the country, are you ready? Here are my favorite German American recipes so you can celebrate at home!
The US Census says over 40 million of us Americans claim German ancestry, but you don’t have to have German heritage to appreciate the culinary blessings that German immigrants have bestowed on us over the past couple of centuries. If you’ve had a hot dog, a hamburger, potato salad, pretzels, mustard, pot roast, brats, or meatloaf, you can thank your German American forebears. Today I’m sharing some of the best German American recipes from the Great Island…
It’s the national dish of Germany, and it’s a good one! If you haven’t had this tangy marinated pot roast, get it on your fall menu soon.
You might think of beer bread as a college staple from the 1970s, but the Germans have been making this easy bread with their national beverage for centuries. It’s as easy as mixing beer with some flour and a little baking powder! I add a touch of brown sugar for the perfect flavor.
This potato and sausage soup is hearty enough to be a meal, just add some warm slices of the above beer bread. Mmmmmmm 🙂
This is one of my personal favorites, and if you love brats I urge you to give it a try. It’s quite easy, and perfect for company.
A classic German breakfast cake from the doyenne of German American cooking, Irma Rombauer (Joy of Cooking author.) Substitute any fruit you like in this lovely coffeecake.
In summer we love hot dogs and hamburgers, but in fall we turn our attention to brats. This sheet pan recipe makes serving those Game Day crowds a breeze.
If beer’s not your thing you can always brew up some delicious mulled wine. Glühwein is a German tradition made by steeping red wine in spices and fruit with a touch of sugar. There’s nothing better on a crisp night.
This German style coleslaw is made with, you guessed it, vinegar instead of mayo. I substitute Savoy cabbage for the traditional white variety because I love the color and texture.
Tangy German potato salad made with an amazing warm bacon vinaigrette, straight from Mom’s recipe box!
Basically all your favorite fall flavors stuffed into a toasted bun. The brats can hang out in the slow cooker so people can help themselves and eat when they want. The apple onion relish is epic!!
A German-American Thanksgiving tradition! My German great-grandmother’s recipe includes tart apples and a touch of brown sugar.
I grew up in a suburb just outside New York City, and I have a pretty good dose of German heritage on my dad’s side. If you put those two things together in a hat and shake them up real good, you’ll come up with, among other things…crumb cake.