Recipe: Stovetop Meatloaf (Hackbraten)

ABOVE: Helga Wengler’s Stovetop Meatloaf served with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and purple cabbage. Electronic image by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly and Homeplate. Watch Helga prepare this recipe on the Homeplate YouTube Channel. Search “Homeplate – Kitchen Witch – Meatloaf” or click Helga’s Stovetop Meatloaf   RECIPE BY HELGA THE KITCHEN WITCH Ingredients 2 pounds ground chuck 1 pound ground pork […]

RECIPE: Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

RECIPE: German Farmers’ Breakfast Skillet

Ingredients 4 medium potatoes ½ pound thick sliced smoked lean bacon, cut into squares 1 large onion finely chopped 6 large eggs 1 tablespoon milk 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter or oil Snipped fresh chives or chopped parsley for garnish Preparation Boil the potatoes […]

RECIPE: Green Beans, Pears and Bacon (Bohnen, Birnen und Speck)

Although it more sounds like a German law firm, “Bohnen, Birnen und Speck” is actually delicious one-pot meal (Eintopf) made with green beans, pears and bacon. RECIPE BY HELGA WENGLER INGREDIENTS 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans, or two 9 ounce packages of frozen, cut green beans ¾ pound smoked slab bacon, cut in to cubes 1 tablespoon savory or thyme […]

RECIPE: Apple Cake with Streusel Topping (Apfel Kuchen mit Streusel)

RECIPE by HELGA WENGLER for HOMEPLATE HOMESTYLE INGREDIENTS 2-1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1/3 cup butter or margarine at room temperature zest of 1 lemon 3-4 apples peeled and sliced ½ lemon (squeeze the lemon over apples to avoid browning) 1 heaping tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon PREPARATION […]

RECIPE: German-Style Gulasch (with Spaetzle)

INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons Crisco (or shortening of choice) 1 ½ pounds beef chuck roast (boneless) 2 large onions salt, pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 1 small bouillon cube ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup red wine 2 tablespoons flour PREPARATION Cut beef into even-size pieces and salt and pepper on all sides. Brown in hot Crisco or shortening. […]

RECIPE: German Chicken Schnitzel

Recipe by HELGA WENGLER for HOMEPLATE HOMESTYLE This particular recipe calls for chicken, but pork and veal can be used in the recipe. Modify cooking time to accommodate cooking requirements. INGREDIENTS 4 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless) 1 egg 5 tablespoons bread crumbs 5 tablespoons ground walnuts 5 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 small […]

RECIPE: German Potato Salad (Kartoffel Salat)

INGREDIENTS 6 medium potatoes ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 4-5 slices diced bacon (save bacon fat) 1 medium onion chopped 1-2 stalks celery diced  (green peppers optional) 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 4 tablespoons water 3 tablespoons vinegar ½ teaspoon sugar 3 hard-boiled eggs coarsely chopped PREPARATION Cook potatoes and peel. Potatoes have to be […]

RECIPE: German Pfeffernuesse Cookies

Recipe by HELGA WENGLER for HOMEPLATE HOMESTYLE INGREDIENTS ½ cup molasses ½ cup honey 1 stick butter 2 eggs 4 cups all purpose flour ¾ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 ½  teaspoons ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 ½ […]

RECIPE: German Pfeffernuesse Cookies

Pfeffernuesse – a German cookie made with ginger, molasses and pepper. Recipe by HELGA WENGLER for HOMEPLATE HOMESTYLE INGREDIENTS ½ cup molasses ½ cup honey 1 stick butter 2 eggs 4 cups all purpose flour ¾ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 ½  teaspoons ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves […]