Our Best German Recipes

Grab your favorite pils and go beyond bratwurst and sauerkraut

German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten)

German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten)

The secret to the golden glow that shimmers over the gravy is an addition of sugar to the einbrenne. It gilds the gravy even as its sweetness balances the sour lemon note and the zing of pickling spices. Get the recipe for German Pot Roast (Sauerbraten) »Todd Coleman

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce

Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings which binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross
Braised Pork Roast with Root Vegetables (Schweineschmor-braten mit Rübengemüse)

Braised Pork Roast with Root Vegetables (Schweineschmor-braten mit Rübengemüse)

Juniper berries and caraway seeds give braised pork a floral, woodsy flavor. Wrapping it in bacon keeps the meat moist. Get the recipe for Braised Pork Roast with Root Vegetables (Schweineschmor-braten mit Rübengemüse) »Todd Coleman
Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup (Markklösschensuppe)

Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup (Markklösschensuppe)

The dumplings in this beef soup get a boost of richness from beef bone marrow; parsley and nutmeg impart bright and warming flavors. Get the recipe for Beef Marrow Dumpling Soup (Markklösschensuppe) »Todd Coleman
Rolled Sauerkraut Crepes

Crêpes Filled With Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is rolled inside savory herb crêpes for this delicious side dish. Get the recipe for Crêpes Filled With Sauerkraut »Ingalls Photography
Roast Duck with Plums

Roast Duck with Plums

A simple roast duck is paired with juicy plums and spices in a braise that keeps the meat tender and moist. Get the recipe for Roast Duck with Plums »Ingalls Photography
German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

This decadent triple-layer dessert takes its name from German's Sweet Chocolate, a product that's not German at all: the versatile baking chocolate was created by an American baker named Samuel German in 1852. Get the recipe for German Chocolate Cake »André Baranowski
German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernüsse)

German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernüsse)

These fragrant treats provide a delightful rush of warm spices when bitten into. For best results, start with whole spices and grind them yourself. Get the recipe for German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernüsse) »Helen Rosner
pretzel

Laugenbrezel (Traditional German Pretzels)

At the Hofbrauhaus beer hall in Munich, these giant pretzels, which have a similar chew to bagels, are served with soft butter. Get the recipe for Laugenbrezel (Traditional German Pretzels) »Todd Coleman
WHITE ASPARAGUS

Easy Fresh White Asparagus

Unlike its green-skinned counterpart, white asparagus has a tough, bitter peel that must be removed before cooking. The following is the classic way of preparing the treasured vegetable in Germany (though simple steaming is also popular). Get the recipe for Easy Fresh White Asparagus »Matt Taylor-Gross
Avocado and Apple "Tartare" with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive Cream

Avocado and Apple "Tartare" with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive Cream

Tart apple and cold avocado balance hot, crisp walnut dumplings and creamy chive sauce in this refreshing vegan dish. Get the recipe for Avocado and Apple "Tartare" with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive Cream »Matt Taylor-Gross

Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto

Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto
Make minestrone with hearty kohlrabi and briny green olives. The soup is brightened by a fresh pesto, which is stirred in just before serving. Get the recipe for Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto »Matt Taylor-Gross
Roasted Parsnip Salad with Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese, and Wheat Beer Vinaigrette

Roasted Parsnip Salad with Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese, and Wheat Beer Vinaigrette

Parsnips offer sweetness, while spicy hazelnuts and coarse pumpernickel crumbs add crunch to this modern salad. Get the recipe for Roasted Parsnip Salad with Hazelnuts, Blue Cheese, and Wheat Beer Vinaigrette »Ingalls Photography