The German Table

Enjoy some of these classic German recipes, from apple strudel to pork loin braised with cabbage.

  • Pork Loin Braised with Cabbage
    Randy Mayor

    Pork Loin Braised with Cabbage

    Pork is typically served with cabbage at the German table. Use red cabbage, if you like, for slightly sweeter flavor. You can prepare the dish a day ahead, chill overnight, and reheat in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
  • Spaetzle Baked with Ham and Gruyère
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Spaetzle Baked with Ham and Gruyère

    Learn to cook German egg noodles in this modern-twist casserole. In Southern regions of Germany and Austria, Spaetzle traditionally served alongside meat main dishes to soak up rich gravy. Give them a try in this satisfying main-dish casserole.
  • Sauerbraten


    Considered one of the most popular and traditional German recipes, Sauerbraten is beef marinated in vinegar (or in this case, pickling juice) then braised until melt-in-your mouth tender. Guten
  • Brown Beer Rye Bread
    Randy Mayor

    Brown Beer Rye Bread

    Hearty breads like rye and pumpernickel are German culinary standards. This version uses stone-ground rye flour and caraway seeds, a favorite spice in German cooking.
  • Roasted Sausages with Beer-braised Onions
    James Carrier

    Roasted Sausages with Beer-braised Onions

    This recipe is perfect for hearty dinners and Oktoberfest celebrations. Simmer fully cooked sausages in stout or a dark beer with caramelized onions, and roast in the oven until heated through. Served with creamy mashed potatoes.
  • German-Style Potato Salad
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    German-Style Potato Salad

    Authentic German potato salad gets its flavor from vinegar rather than mayonnaise. In this version, red potatoes are mixed with bacon, cider vinegar, onions, and red bell pepper.
  • Pfeffernüsse
    James Carrier


    Pronounced FEHF-fuhr-noos, this spice cookie is served at Christmastime in Germany. It's full of holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and pecans add crunch.
  • Herring and Apple Salad
    Randy Mayor

    Herring and Apple Salad

    This is a version of heringsalat (herring salad), which is traditionally prepared with herring, apples, and raw onions. You can substitute smoked trout for herring. Serve with a well-chilled lager and rye bread. Garnish with dill sprigs.
  • Dried-Cherry Streusel Kuchen
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cathy Muir

    Dried-Cherry Streusel Kuchen

    This lightly spiced coffeecake with a streusel topping may be the most familiar kuchen to Americans. Kuchen is a general German term for "cake" and is applied to many types of pastries. Enjoy this sweet treat for breakfast or dessert.

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