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.

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