Recipes for Authentic German Appetizers

Classic German ingredients naturally make easy finger food for casual entertaining, but they can also combine to make a wide variety of tasty prepared appetizers. From mini-onion tarts to ham-wrapped figs, savory cheese dips to chived potato pancakes, here’s a selection of appetizers to welcome your guests and whet their appetites.

Cheery Soup with Dumplings
Cherry Soup with Cream of Wheat Dumplings (Kirschsuppe mit Griessklösschen)
Beef Roll-ups with Black Forest Ham and Gherkins
Broiled Oysters from the Isle of Sylt (Sylter Austern)
Pumpkin Crostini
Pumpkin Crostini (Crostini mit Kürbisrelish)
Cheese Fondue
Swiss-German Cheese Fondue (Deutsches Käsefondue)
Ham Sauerkraut Rolls
Savory Sauerkraut and Ham Rolls (Schinken-Sauerkrautrollen)
Sauerkraut Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
Sauerkraut Jalapeño Poppers with Bavarian Mustard Dip
Farmers Ham with Rosehip Jam and Silver Onions
Serrano Ham and Melon
Serrano Ham and Melon on Whole Grain Rye Bread
Quark and Garlic Dip
Quark and Garlic Dip (Schmand-Knoblauch Dip)
Bavarian Blue Cheese Mousse
Bavaria Blue Cheese Mousse with Gooseberry Chutney
White Asparagus with Ham Wraps
Asparagus with Ham Wraps and Vinaigrette
Crepes with Camembert and Chives (Pfannkuchen mit Camembert-Schnittlauch-Füllung)
Bone Marrow on Toast (Knochenmark auf Toast)
Fried Brie in Poached Pears with Lingonberries
Prosciutto Cream Cheese Triangles
Prosciutto Cream Cheese Triangles
Potato Fritters with Cinnamon Sugar
Maultaschen
Schwaebische Maultaschen
Potato Pancakes with Cheese and CHives
Panni Potato Pancake with Cheese and Chives
Sauerkraut Pork Roll Ups
Pork and Sauerkraut Roll-Ups
Braised Pork with Horseradish Sauce
White Asparagus with a Lemon Slice
Asparagus Tart with Spinach
Obazda
O'batzten (Obazda)
Camembert Spread
Rollmops nach Berliner Art
Mini Onion Tarts
Mini Onion Tarts (Kleine Zwiebelfladen)
Raclette
Swiss-German Cheese Raclette Party
Party Bites
Simple Potato Pancakes
Simple Potato Pancakes (Reibekuchen)
Allondigas Meatball Pepper Cream Snacks
Allondigas Meatballs and Pepper Cream Snacks
Potato Pancakes with Ham and Sour Cream
Westphalian Ham on Potato Pancakes with Parsley Sour Cream
Cheese Hedgehog
Cheese Hedgehog (Käse-Igel)
Potato Pancakes with Three Toppings
Potato Pancakes with Three Toppings
Chorizo and Mushroom Tapas
Chorizo and Mushroom Tapas on Whole Grain Bread
Baked Camembert
Baked Camembert with Red Currant Sauce
Oktoberfest Party Bites
Party Sandwiches (Butterbrot-Variationen)
Zesty Prosciutto-Sauerkaut Rolls
Savory Black Forest Shortbread
Savory Black Forest Shortbread
Crispy Pasta with Balsamic Dip
Crispy Pasta with Sweet Sour Quince-Balsamic Dip
Onion Cake
Onion Cake (Zwiebelkuchen)
Ham and Sauerkraut Roll Ups
Ham and Sauerkraut Roll-Ups
Spaetzle Gratinee with Cambozola
Spaetzle Gratinee with Red Cabbage, Cambozola Medallions and Curry Glaze
Shrimp Cocktail Büsum Island Style (Büsumer Krabben-Cocktail)
Oktoberfest Holiday Strudel
Holiday Strudel with Mustard Sauce

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