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Old 10-16-2005, 03:36 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Easy German recipes, please!

I lived in Germany briefly as a little kid while Dad was in the Army. I remember the smells and I loved the food.

My friends are pretty unadventurous eaters (Red Robin, anyone?) and they won't venture out to the ethnic eateries that I love...so, that leaves me in my kitchen alone with a huge urge to whip up some easy German dishes.

Any suggestions? The simpler the better. The only food I'm not a fan of is eggplant, and I'm pretty sure that's not a predominant ingredient in German cooking...!

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Old 10-16-2005, 03:44 PM   #2
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Gee, I, too, lived in Germany as a military brat.

Pound some slices of beef until thin and tender (eye of round roast is good and inexpensive)
Roll them around a spear of dill pickle, then secure with a toothpick.
Saute in butter or olive oil until brown, and remove from the skillet

Grind some ginger snaps in your blender, food processor, or in a bag with a rolling pin.

In the skillet, put in some beef broth. I really don't like canned beef broth, my shortcut is to use a package of "au jus" from the spice counter, reconstituted according to instructions.

Now take your ginger snaps crumbs and slowly add until your gravy is the thickness you like.

Serve with potatoes or if you're feeling adventurous, knudel or spaetzel.

A simple salad of thinly sliced cucumbers, dill, and a bit of oil and vinegar (more vinegar-y than oily).

If you drink, serve with a Geman white or good beer. Either can also replace some of the beef broth in the gravy.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:58 PM   #3
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Thumbs up delish!

Thanks so much Claire! These are just the types of recipes I'm looking for!

And who would have thought to thicken gravy with ginger snaps!? Genius!
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:44 PM   #4
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my friends dad was german and he used to make something that he called german potato salad... though i dont know how german the recipe actually is. he would fry some chopped bacon and onions, and when they were cooked he would pour white vinegar into the pan and then pour the whole thing over sliced red potatos with some fresh pepper on top, and eat it warm. it was heavenly... though im sure that eating that much bacon fat is not too healthy!
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:56 PM   #5
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That's sounds about like the way Grandma (and Great-Grandpa definately was German) used to make "German potato salad" HappyAvocado. I'm sure that if you wanted to make a "lower calorie - healthier" version you could drain off the bacon drippins before adding the vinegar to deglaze the pan. Of course - you would also be draining off a lot of flavor.

I'm glad this thread came up ... now I know what I'm going to make for supper! Pork chops braised in apple juice with sliced apples and smothered in sweet red cabbage, and hot German potato salad.
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:35 PM   #6
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That's sounds about like the way Grandma (and Great-Grandpa definately was German) used to make "German potato salad" HappyAvocado. I'm sure that if you wanted to make a "lower calorie - healthier" version you could drain off the bacon drippins before adding the vinegar to deglaze the pan. Of course - you would also be draining off a lot of flavor.

I'm glad this thread came up ... now I know what I'm going to make for supper! Pork chops braised in apple juice with sliced apples and smothered in sweet red cabbage, and hot German potato salad.
That sounds so good!!
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Old 10-16-2005, 08:59 PM   #7
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Spatzle

Though my Swiss MIL swears this is not German - I found it in German Cook Books and I absolutely love it. It's the dandiest little dumpling you ever ate. I strongly recommend you invest in a Spatzle maker (Under $20) as it makes preparation a snap!

Combine
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t salt
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

Beat together
2 large eggs
1/2 C milk

Add to the flour mixture and beat into an elastic batter.

In a large sauce pan boil about 6 cups chicken stock.

Have ready an ice bath with a collandar in it and a sieve.

Place spatzle maker (available at Kitchen Kaboodle) over pot and pour about 1/3 of the batter into the hopper, move the hopper back and forth releasing the little dumplings into the boiling broth.

When the little darlings bounce up to the surface fish them out (I use a spider) and into the ice bath. Put in another batch and while they cook drain the first batch and toss them into the sieve.

Continue until all batches are done then chill the dumplings.

I swear I can do this and clean up in under 45 minutes.

Now, the best part - melt butter in a non-stick pan and add the spatzle - saute untill they are nicely browned on the bottom then turn using a dinner plate to assist. Sprinkle with about 1/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve with any kind of gravy.

Your friends and family will think they have gone to heaven!
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:20 PM   #8
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A member names Susi posted some great German recipes.

Sauerbraten, Roladen etc.
I think they are posted in various places, but a search of her posts would find them.
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:14 PM   #9
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Linda, I love Spätzle, just had them last week... you can also use it as a side order with some rouladen ;o)
If you don`t have a special spätzle maker you can scratch it on a board..
I'll try to explain.
you put a ca a spoonful of the batter on a tray and cut small pieces from it into the boiling water...

do you get "Maultaschen" over there?
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:35 PM   #10
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Schweinegeschnetzeltes

Schweinegeschnetzeltes - Pork meat cut into slices

1 big onion
1 apple
500 g pork "schnitzel" cut into pieces
300ml plain (?) brooth
1/2 cup crashed pineapple
4 Tblsp. cornstarch (to thicken slighty)
Salt, Pepper, Paprika

clean Onions and apples und cut into pieces.
Heat some oil and fry the meat.
Add the onions and roast with.
Now the spices as you want, brooth, Applepieces, pineapples and 4 tblsp pineapple with it and stew for another five minutes.
Thicken with the cornstarch.
Best served with Curryrice and green salad..


I hope you understand that all.... :sweat:
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