A Complete German Christmas Dinner Menu

Chef John's Beef Rouladen
Chef John's Beef Rouladen. Photo: lutzflcat

With this complete German Christmas menu, choose your festive main dish adventure: Roast goose or beef rouladen. Then load up on the side dishes: braised red cabbage, spaetzle, and potato dumplings — they'll pair perfectly with either choice. And stick around for the Stollen! For your wine choice, try a German Riesling with the roast goose or a Spätburgunder with the Rouladen. And don't miss our collection of top-rated Traditional German Christmas Cookies.

01 of 07

Chef John's Roast Christmas Goose

top-down view of a beautifully bronzed roast goose on a decorative platter with kale and miniature apples
Chef John

This roast goose recipe features a simple wine reduction sauce. This incredibly simple recipe starts with a pre-cooked smoked goose. Once you've thawed the bird, roasting it could not be easier. The subtle smokiness of roast goose pairs perfectly with the red wine, balsamic vinegar, and blackberry notes.

02 of 07

Chef John's Beef Rouladen

Chef John's Beef Rouladen
Chef John's Beef Rouladen. lutzflcat

If you prefer the beef-and-potatoes approach to merrymaking, this classic beef Rouladen might be more your style. "For something that looks and tastes as impressive as this beef rouladen, it's actually one of the simplest stuffed meat recipes I know," says Chef John. "You can pretty much use any cheap cut of beef; I used round steak, but rump, chuck, flap meat, and other similar cuts will work work."

03 of 07

Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage

Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage
Pictured: Chef John's Braised Red Cabbage. Allrecipes

Add a pop of color to the holiday plate with red cabbage braised in wine and simple seasonings, including a pinch of caraway seeds. The salty, sour, and sweet flavors go great with the beef or roast goose. It also benefits from being super easy. "There are so many ways to tweak this recipe," says Chef John. "Raisins, currants, shallots, onions, leeks, apples, and pears are just a few things that rock in this recipe."

04 of 07

German Spaetzle Dumplings

German Spaetzle Dumplings
Deb C

These traditional German dumplings are made with flour. You'll boil them in water or broth and then pan fry them in butter. "You can also mince a few pieces of bacon in a pan, and heat the cooked spaetzle in the bacon drippings — only omit the butter, if preparing recipe with bacon," says MARBALET.

05 of 07

German Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelkloesse)

German Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelkloesse)
German Potato Dumplings (Kartoffelkloesse). Chef John

These soft, comforting dumplings are filled with a small surprise center of fresh croutons and finished with a drizzle of browned butter. "For best results, roast, don't boil, the potatoes so they're nice and dry," says Chef John. Top these dumplings with bacon and/or sautéed onions and mushroom sauce.

06 of 07

German Stollen

German Stollen
Magda

Popular all over Germany during the Christmas season, stollen is filled with dried fruit, candied citrus and orange peel, and almonds. "A very traditional stollen that I make every Christmas," says Marianne. "This stollen is loaded with "

07 of 07

Traditional Springerle

Traditional Springerle
Kindra Loy Lee

Springerle cookies are a centuries-old, anise-flavored German Christmas cookie made using decorative, carved wooden molds or rolling pins. "We have made these very traditional German cookies every year since I was a child," says PREGOCOOK. "My mother remembers her grandmother making them with this recipe that has been in our family for generations."

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