Old-School German Recipes That Are the Ultimate Comfort Food

schnitzel and spaetzle

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German cuisine offers such a wide range of culinary treasures, and is especially abundant in the comfort food department. If you're looking for hearty dishes for chilly nights that just make you feel good, try out these six authentic, old-school German recipes.

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German Pork Schnitzel with Hand Made Spaetzle

1. Fried Schnitzel

Traditionally made with thinly pounded pork, schnitzel is coated and fried in a crispy breading. Serve it alongside french fries, fried potatoes, spaetzle, or whatever your heart desires. It's a comfort food through and through, and it's only elevated by side dishes.

Recipe: Allrecipes

Buttery Hand Made Spaetzle

2. Spaetzle

Otherwise known as Käsespätzle, spaetzle is a German egg noodle pasta that has a chewy texture akin to dumplings. It is the epitome of comfort food and one of the most beloved German dishes. 

Recipe: Plated Cravings

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

3. Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

A little bit of spicy brown mustard for dipping sends this dish right over the edge. Plus, saurekraut is touted for gut health, so it's a comfort food that provides a service to your health. We call that a win.

Recipe: Budget Bytes

Related: Best Sausage Recipes to Try This Fall

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5. Currywurst

Touted as a German fast-food dish or street food, currywurst is basically a cut up steamed, fried sausage topped with curry ketchup. Bursting with flavor, this one will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Recipe: The Kitchen Maus

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