Menu Plan Monday – German Edition

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menuplanmondayWelcome to Menu Plan Monday, the German edition! This kicks off my “Not So Happily Ever After: The Tale of King Ludwig II” celebration week. If you haven’t yet read about Mad King Ludwig, now’s a great time. If you have a Kindle, it’ll cost you less than many of this week’s menu ingredients.

Mad King Ludwig book "Not So Happily Ever After"

Ludwig would be 167 on August 25. Three of this week’s menus feature German cuisine, in tribute to him.

Monday: Chicken Paprikash — alright; this came up when I was searching for German recipes, although it says it’s actually Hungarian. Oh well — they’re close 🙂 And I figure if it involves chicken and mashed potatoes, my kids will love it.

Tuesday: Make your own pizza – not German, but I’ll make the crust and let each member create pizza with their own choices of toppings.

For dessert, we’re back to Germany with Black Forest Pie. I’ve made this before, and it’s easy and yummy. On a visit to Bavaria, one of my goals was to eat a “real” piece of Black Forest Cherry Cake (or, for you German authentics, schwarzwälder kirschtorte). I did, and it was as fabulous as you might expect. I’m sure Ludwig would love it, as he had a major sweet tooth.

Wednesday: More German fun with Crockpot Potato Soup. Probably bread in the bread machine, too. The soup would have been a hit with Mad King Ludwig. The poor king had many dental problems, and according to some reports he had just 4 teeth remaining when he died at age 40. He was a fan of foods that were soft and easy to chew.

Thursday: Bratwurst and sauerkraut — yum yum!

Friday: Chicken Parmesan – a family favorite, and EASY!

1 jar marinara sauce

4 chicken breast halves

2/3 c. shredded mozzarella

1/4 c. bread crumbs

2 T. olive oil

noodles (“nudeln”)

Pour marinara sauce in bottom of ungreased 12 x 8 dish.

Place chicken over sauce.

In small bowl, mix cheeses, bread crumbs and oil. Sprinkle evenly over chicken.

Bake at 350 30-35 min.

Serve over noodles.

Please join me this rest of this week. There will be a different stop each day as we learn more about some aspect of Ludwig’s life or this new book about him, aimed at tweens/teens but great for adults as well.

Danke, and Auf wiedersehen!

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday – German Edition

  1. Some of these menus look wonderful! Wish I were nearer. I would invite myself to participate in your German celebration. After all, I’m one of the few totally German people left in the US, I imagine.

  2. I love brats & kraut. I’ve just been told by a doctor in the past week how good kraut is for your colon! So eat up.

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