With winter finally here, we’re starting to settle into hibernation mode. That means we’re taking out Grandma’s tried-and-true recipes and giving them a whirl as we try to avoid that blustery, cold weather. Every winter, we like to bring our meals back down to basics with hearty ingredients that are easy to find at the local grocery store. Traditional German recipes have that old world-style taste we love with the added benefit of making us feel nice and cozy from the very first bite.
Whether you’re looking to honor your German ancestry or just want a few old-fashioned recipes to add to your meal plan, check out some of the classic German recipes that are just perfect for winter.
1. Apple Strudel: We love this easy recipe for apple strudel because it’s so versatile! Make it for a weekend breakfast or serve it alongside some vanilla ice cream for a movie night dessert.
2. German Potato Salad: Whether you’re looking for a side dish recipe for dinner or you need to whip up something quickly to bring over to a family member’s house, our German Potato Salad is a sure to be a winner.
3. Slow Roasted Country Ribs: This German-inspired dinner recipe uses sauerkraut to for a traditional German recipe touch. Plus, since it cooks up nice and slowly, you know each bite will be packed full of flavor!
4. Sauerbraten with Ginger Gravy: We’ve put a bit of a Southern twist on a German recipe favorite with this recipe. When you combine these two powerhouse styles of cooking, you know it’s gonna be good.
5. German Potato Pancakes: We think the best way to get that authentic German flavor for this recipe is to use real potatoes. Fry ’em up ’til they’re nice and crispy, and your family will be begging you to make another batch!
6. The Ultimate German Chocolate Cake: Drizzled with chocolate frosting, this layered German chocolate cake is really a sight to behold. Trust us—you’ll be looking for a reason to make this one!
7. German Chocolate Snack Cake: If you love the flavor of German Chocolate Cake and want to share it with your loved ones, this casserole cake recipe is easy to transport, so you can divide it up however you’d like.
8. Special Spaetzle: You really need to make spaetzle from scratch to really appreciate the taste, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with this down-home recipe.
9. Sauerkraut Beer Brats: You only need four ingredients to make this easy German recipe. Cook ’em on the stovetop in the winter and then move it outside on the grill during the summer.
Don’t these recipes sound good to make during winter? We can’t decide which to make first! For more traditional German recipes like these, check out our collection of 21 Traditional German Recipes You Can’t Miss.