cooking with heritage.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household. vs. 15

Halo! Guten Tag! Wie geht es Ihnen? Es geht mir gut. 😀

My mom is German and grew up in a German household in Chicago. She has always tried to keep our German traditions strong in our family and teach them to me so I can continue to pass them down to generations. Our family upholds German Christmas/Saint Nicholas Day traditions, German songs, and German food. There is a meal that I really enjoy cooking, but I never seem to get it just right. So whenever she came over this weekend, we cooked it together, and she helped me out a lot.

Yesterday I cooked it for Kaleb. I decided to show you a step-by-step, detailed blog so you can make it too!

Here are the ingredients: (I put green beans and garlic bread with it; however, that’s not the German part).

First brown ground beef real good..almost burnt. Also, you can’t replace ground beef with ground turkey in this recipe because, as you can see in this photo, ground beef produces a lot of grease, and that is part of the the gravy-making later.

While you are browning the beef, boil water and then add elbow noodles…

Tip: add a splash of olive oil to the noodles so they don’t stick together.

While that is happening, you can cook the green beans. I like to add salt, pepper, onion power, and garlic powder to them for a good flavor.

Once the over is pre-heated to 400 degrees, you can put the garlic bread in the oven.

I know, I know. All of that is really easy! Ok, now to the tricky part: making the gravy.

First, pour hot water into the pan with the browned (almost burnt) beef. Once the water becomes a rolling boil, you will need to put a flour and water mix into the pan. About this much flour and this much water.

Whenever you pour the flour and water mix into the pan, take a fork and stir it really fast. Then immediately turn the stove off. Let it set for a minute so it can thicken. If the consistency if not what you want, you can always add more flour or water.

Then you have a quick and easy German meal! (season with salt and pepper for more taste if needed)

Auf Wiedersehen!


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