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Rating: 4.56 stars
106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3

This is of German origin, and I have never seen it anywhere except in the Greater Cincinnati Metro area. I typically make this once a year when winter is coming. To serve, slice into thin slices and fry like bacon.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water, salt, and pepper to boil in a slow cooker set to High. Stir in steel cut oats, cover, and cook 90 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, mix beef, pork, and onions. Stir into the oat mixture, and reduce heat to Low. Cover, and continue cooking 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Transfer the mixture to a medium baking pan, and cool until semi-solid. Turn out onto wax paper, and chill 1 hour in the refrigerator, or until firm.

  • Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Cut the refrigerated mixture into thin slices. Cook slices one at a time in the heated oil until evenly brown.

Nutrition Facts

511 calories; protein 18g; carbohydrates 29g; fat 35.6g; cholesterol 69.5mg; sodium 1036.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
Wow! this is probably more "Cincinnati" than Skyline Chili! Taste great fried extra crispy & served with eggs-your-way. It is interesting to note that almost all larger meat-packing-cities with significant ethnic populations have come-up with some version of this dish. It is bassically a "poor-man's sausage", geberrally using soome knid of grain as a "filler" (think "Hamburger Helper"). The addidtion of cooked oats can stretch a little bit of pork & beef a long way! (originally the early immigrants would use those cuts of meat unwanted by the meat packers, i.e. neck bones, etc. Goetta could be fried in the morning and packed as a sandwich for the guys going out to earn a living. Try this recipe for a real authentic German/American treat! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/23/2009
I even tried using the "mess" for meatloaf to salvage the meat in it and it was hopeless. I have no idea how anyone can slice this. Also I halved the recipe and it's a good thing because my large crock pot was filled to the max once the oatmeal cooked. This must be an aquired taste. The texture was just horrid. Perhaps about one-fourth the quantity of oatmeal would make it better. Read More
(14)
106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
Wow! this is probably more "Cincinnati" than Skyline Chili! Taste great fried extra crispy & served with eggs-your-way. It is interesting to note that almost all larger meat-packing-cities with significant ethnic populations have come-up with some version of this dish. It is bassically a "poor-man's sausage", geberrally using soome knid of grain as a "filler" (think "Hamburger Helper"). The addidtion of cooked oats can stretch a little bit of pork & beef a long way! (originally the early immigrants would use those cuts of meat unwanted by the meat packers, i.e. neck bones, etc. Goetta could be fried in the morning and packed as a sandwich for the guys going out to earn a living. Try this recipe for a real authentic German/American treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2008
Just like my mother used to make back in Cincy! I don't cook mine nearly as long as shown in the recipe. I found the oatmeal (steel cut) in the health foods section at Krogers. I have cut back on the amount of water as it gives the goetta a thicker consistency that makes it easier to fry. I also line the bread pan with wax paper that allows me to remove it from the pan and makes it easier to slice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2006
This stuff is good! I think it might be an acquired taste though because the more I ate the better it got, and the crispier it was the better too. Very easy to make it just takes quite a long time. I think next time I'll probably cut back on the cooking time for the steel cut oats because I had about an inch stuck to the bottom of my crock pot when I finished the 90 minutes. Also, it might be easier to take all the ingredients after the oats are cooked, and mix them in a large bowl before transferring them back into the crockpot because it was hard to mix all together in the crockpot. I just went ahead and refrigerated this overnight because it took so long we went out to eat and I finished cooking the goetta the next morning. I might consider trying to cut this recipe in half next time because it makes a ton. I'm used to making big meals, but this was just overwhelming. It completely fills the crockpot. And when your only cutting thin slices to fry it goes a long way. I'm thinking about freezing the leftovers. I'm not sure if that will work out in the end, but it's worth a try. If you like to cook and don't mind the time it takes, and like to try new things, especially foods from Germany, Hungary, Poland, ect. try this I think it's worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2007
My husband was very skeptical when he saw how much was in the crock pot and no matter what I told him about the rave reviews this recipe receives convinced him that it would taste like his favorite (Gliers)- until he tried it the next morning! He said it was delicious. Since it made so much I gave my dad a 'loaf' and he says it's the best he's ever had. I usually don't fry my goetta in oil or butter but rely on the fat in the product. I'll use butter or a little bit of oil next time since the fat was absorbed by the oats. I had little refrigerator space and it was late when the product finished cooking so I put the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan evened it out and let it cool off a bit at room temperature before putting it into the refrigerator. The next morning I turned it out onto waxed paper and cut it into 3 loaves. I plan to freeze the 3rd- but next time I'll cut the recipe in half. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2011
I am a big goetta fan and this is pretty close. I added some crushed red pepper to give it a little heat without changing the taste. Another thing don't use anything other than just plain pork sausage or you will alter the true authentic taste. A lot of people commented that it would fall apart. I believe the problem is that there is no gelatin in the mix to hold it together. Recipes handed down within families call for the boiling of either a pork shoulder or butt with the bone and then using that broth for your "steel cut" pin oats. The boiling of the meat (bone) produces the gelatin that ultimately keeps it together. Its a little more work having the grind the meat and all but the outcome is significant. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2006
This recipe is great! It is easier, just as tasty, and has a better consistancy than our stovetop recipe. To fit in our crockpot, we halved the recipe. Also, we added 1 Tbsp of Mrs. Dash table blend to enhance the flavor. (You can also sprinkle it on the finished product to see if you like it. We highly recommend it.) We also cooled it completely in the pan, turned it onto a cutting board, cut it into usable portions, and froze them for easy use. Thanks for a fabulous recipe that is absolutely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2006
Tried this. Worked great. Did make a few changes. Used only pork (meat from pork neck bones cooked for 2 hrs). Added 1 bay leaf and 1/2 tsp. sage. As good or better than Gliers in Cincinnati OH. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
I am from cincy also and raised om grandmas recipie. Now I am 31 and will be taking over the duty of making this time honered classic.Love the stuff and cant get enough Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2005
My husband and I live 50 miles north of Cincinnati and had never even heard of goetta. It truly is a Cincinnati thing. Our daughter-in-law who was raised in Cinci. introduced it to us.Wow! We were immediatly hooked. So much so I went on the hunt for a recipe and was elated to find this one. I increased the pepper to 3 teaspoons to kick it up a notch.We really like pepper. My husband keeps raving about it. I know this is a recipe I will use often and will quickly end up as a " Grandma's recipe" that will be handed down through the family. Thanks for the recipe!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/23/2009
I even tried using the "mess" for meatloaf to salvage the meat in it and it was hopeless. I have no idea how anyone can slice this. Also I halved the recipe and it's a good thing because my large crock pot was filled to the max once the oatmeal cooked. This must be an aquired taste. The texture was just horrid. Perhaps about one-fourth the quantity of oatmeal would make it better. Read More
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