German Dishes, Great Ideas for Cooking at Home

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Uncovering your heritage and discovering where your ancestors were from is always exciting. And it's an even better experience to celebrate cultures you hope to adopt based on your genetic results. And since you're here, we have a good feeling you're German and ready to try some German dishes.

In celebration of what makes you who you are, whip up some traditional German dishes to help you feel a little closer to your roots -- and those who came before you. But what's a German dish without a little backstory and history?

A Little History of German Dishes

If you're really dedicated to learning about German dishes and cuisine, you're sure to love a little insight and history on German cooking. The history, recipes, and different cuisines vary from region to region, for starters. So there's a lot to learn when it comes to German dishes.

Long ago, the old world techniques of preserving food were huge staples in German dishes. These were smoking, pickling, salting, and curing, which are all still commonly used today!

Although back then, they didn't have the wide variety of spices and herbs that we have today. So while the food may have been hypothetically bland then, it's nothing short of delicious now!

So let's get up, grab some cookware, meat, and cheese. It's time to get started on your German dishes.

Rouladen

Rouladen is a German dish that consists mainly of meat, with chopped onions, mustard, and pickles. This is a recipe that varies from region to region, but one recipe is sure to hit the spot.

This classic rouladen recipe is a tender treat that has been passed down from generation to generation. This dish is, nowadays, pretty much a Sunday dinner over in Germany. So if you're looking for a meal to bring the whole family to the table for dinner, this is a must-try.

Wurst

We're sure you know of wurst -- it's German sausage. And it's probably what you've seen at Oktoberfest and Epcot. But this German dish is more than just a tourist attraction. There's more to this simple dish than what meets the eye, with 1,500 different types of wurst and recipes that vary by region, you'll never get bored of this delicious dish.

Feel free to experiment and branch out with this dish. See what you like, find your preferred cooking method. Once you have a recipe you'd like to adopt, incorporate it into your meals, and you'll always have a go-to dish for those days you just don't know what to eat.

Rote Grütze

The next German dish is a red fruit pudding typically served with cream, vanilla sauce, milk, or ice cream. This popular dessert in northern Germany is something you make out of red or black currants, and other red fruits. Like cherries, raspberries, or strawberries, for example.

You cook the berries in their juices with cornstarch or cornflour until it's thick. It's a great dessert to enjoy any time, especially in the summer. But I mean, come on. Pretty much any dessert is fantastic, no matter where it's from.

Käsespätzle

Now, don't strain yourself trying to pronounce that. It's KAYsuh SPEHtzeluh, to save you the trouble. This next German dish is something even kids will want to eat. Käsespätzle is simply cheese with egg noodles. With fried onions and fresh herbs, of course.

Making German mac-and-cheese isn't as hard as you may think. All you really have to do is whip up the pasta, from scratch, if you wish, and add your cheese. Easy peasy German mac-and-cheesy.

Apple Strudel

Now, we know what you're thinking, and no, this won't be like the massively-sweet strudel you can buy at the store. This authentic German dish is a tasty treat to enjoy on an easy rainy day. Plus, anything you make from scratch is sure to be worth it at the end of your venture.

Made with apples, raisins, sugar, and breadcrumbs, this warm dessert is great for breakfasts, or a treat after lunch if you'd prefer to eat it warm. With this sweet little recipe, you can't go wrong.

Schnitzel

Our next German dish for you to whip up is a delicious pork schnitzel. It's an excellent dish for busier days, and makes for a lovely quick dinner, just like Oma used to make! And as an added bonus, it'll push you to rummage around your spice cabinet.

This recipe consists of -- surprise, surprise -- meat! You bread and saute thin cutlets of pork, and you can serve them with a wedge of lemon. These are great if you want to make an easy dinner. And if you have a home full of picky eaters, you'll be happy to hear that you can also make these out of chicken, too.

You're German, We're Germ-Out

And with your table set and your apron off, you're ready to aufessen (eat up)! You can enjoy these German dishes any time of year, and wash it down with a tall mug of beer. Or other drink of your choice, if that's more your style.

Our final tip to you when putting this together is to focus on flavor rather than looks. So if it doesn't look like something out of top chef, don't fret. What matters is that you get to enjoy homemade German dishes, no matter where you are.

How did your German dishes turn out? Did you enjoy them? Which was your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments below!