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Authentic German Potato Recipes

Lots of German Potato Recipes to Give You Tasty Ideas!

Do you love potatoes? Are you looking for a list of amazing potato recipes? Well, then you are in the right place.

German cuisine has a number of staple ingredients – and potatoes are definitely one of them. That’s why we’ve ended up creating loads of different German recipes that include potatoes as a key element.

Of course, it’s easy to understand why Germans love their potatoes. Potatoes were (and still are) a relatively easy crop to produce.

They are relatively resilient, don’t require excess effort and costs (compared to other crops), have a decent shelf life, and provide quite a bit of nutritional value per yield.

food plates with different german potato dishes
These are just some of the German potato recipes we have below!

Basically, potatoes helped keep people alive in times of famine throughout the centuries. This just means that recipes have been passed down for generations – and we are the recipients of these potato recipes whether mashed, boiled, fried, or stewed!

Understandably, many of these German potato recipes are inspired by Lisa’s upbringing or our travels – and we’ve certainly been lucky enough to try lots of different recipes.

Whether it was Lisa’s grandmother making potato dumplings or us eating potato pancakes at a classic German Christmas market, we’ve enjoyed potatoes more than you might think!

So, below is a collection of our delicious German potato recipes. These have been tried and tested so we are confident sharing them. We’ll add to this post as we create/uncover more so be sure to check back often!

German Potato Pancakes

crispy potato pancakes stacked on blue plate with wood underneath
German potato pancakes are always a hit…

These hearty, crispy fried potato pancakes are simple to make and delicious to eat! Served best hot, these pancakes can be eaten with a sweet apple sauce, a savory garlic sauce, or even a creamy quark!

We love these potato pancakes because they are such a simple comfort food. They go great on a weekend morning for brunch… or you can just fry them up for dinner if you are craving potatoes!

German Potato Soup

silver spoon lifting potato soup out of white bowl with grey cloth behind
A bowl of soup full of goodness!

This delicious German potato soup recipe is loaded with goodness – from potatoes, carrots, and leeks to celery root, sausage, and lots of freshly chopped parsley. Served hot, this soup makes a tasty appetizer or can be served up as the main course itself!

We love this soup because the broth is light but it still turns out creamy so it’s a nice mix of hearty and light at the same time! You can also make it vegetarian or vegan by skipping the sausage and using vegan cooking cream!

German Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelklöße)

three potato dumplings on plate covered in gravy
Classic potato dumplings with gravy – irresistible!

While there are many different kinds of German potato dumplings, these authentic Franconian-style potato dumplings are perfectly starchy and soft. They serve well with meat dishes like roulade – and don’t forget the gravy!

There are SO many different types of German potato dumplings but we really like this version. Don’t be afraid to compare and try out different potato dumpling recipes until you find one that you really enjoy.

Creamy Potato Soup (German-Style)

white bowl of yellow potato soup with silver spoon sticking out and cloth behind
How about a creamy potato soup?

A creamy potato soup is a really great dish for when the weather turns cold.

This smooth and delicious soup is made from blended potato, leek, carrots, and celery. With a bit of rich cream, it’s a fragrant and hearty soup that is pretty easy to make.

Be sure to add on some freshly chopped parsley and/or some freshly-made pan fried croutons for an added crunch!

German Fried Potatoes

plate of sliced fries potatoes with grey cloth beside with green chives
Fried potatoes are one of our favorites…

Delicious German fried potatoes are always a hit. Soft on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside, these golden brown potatoes go great as a flavorful side dish to a main meal. They serve with a few fried onions and/or classic sauces like ketchup!

Funny enough, these fried potatoes were also eaten by Eric growing up so we can confirm that this is a super tasty recipe that pleases most guests!

Schupfnudeln (German Potato Noodles)

long potato noodles in black iron pan covered in chopped parsley with blue and white towel above
Takes a bit of work but Schupfnudeln are worth it!

Popular in Germany and parts of Austria, Schupfnudeln are a delicious dinner options. Similar to a type of gnocchi, these German Potato Noodles are pretty easy to make.

With a combination of potato and flour, you can enjoy these noodles in many different ways from savory to sweet.

We really like our Schupfnudeln pan-fried in butter and with a touch of fresh parsley sprinkled on top!

Vegan German Potato Salad (Swabian)

white bowl of potato salad with chopped chives around and on top
A vegan potato salad is also tasty!

This super easy German potato salad is both delicious and flavorful. Made from a base of oil and vinegar – and not mayo – this potato salad is vegan and makes a great side dish to a hearty main!

We also like creamy versions of potato salad but this vinegar version is lighter and goes well with lots of different dishes… Of course, we have been known to eat the whole bowl ourselves.

Creamy German Potato Salad (Kartoffelsalat)

white bowl of creamy potato salad with sliced eggs on top and blue cloth behind with pickles
A creamy potato salad is full of different things!

This classic cold German potato salad is made from potato and egg – but it’s the addition of German meat salad (Fleischsalat), onion, pickles, and the dressing that take it over the edge on the delicious scale.

It’s also these items that differentiate this potato salad from the vegan style of salad above!

This is a filling potato salad that makes a great side dish – or it can also be enjoyed on its own!

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