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Bavarian Beer Hall Pork Shanks

Raucous, rowdy, beer-soaked German beer halls aren’t just great spots to carouse and suck down steins full of Kölsch; they also are destinations for delicious food. But you don’t need to fly to Berlin to get a taste. Here, the best recipes for German beer hall classics to make at home.

1. German-Style Pretzels

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These chewy pretzels look ultra-professional and taste amazing.

RELATED: German Soft Pretzel Sticks

2. Sautéed German Sausages with Bacon and Apple Sauerkraut

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In Germany's Pfalz region, cooks braise sauerkraut with onions, apples, seasonings, a touch of sugar and a little of the region's Riesling wine, creating an addictive accompaniment for juicy weisswurst or bratwurst.

3. Crispy Wiener Schnitzel with Lingonberry Preserves

Crispy Wiener Schnitzel with Lingonberry Preserves
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These easy veal cutlets cook up in no time.

4. Paprika-Spiced Pork-and-Sauerkraut Stew

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Overnight marinating and slow cooking give this goulash deeply savory, complex flavors.

5. Bratwurst with Mustardy Fried Potatoes and Braised Cabbage

Bratwurst with Mustardy Fried Potatoes and Braised Cabbage

Grilled bratwursts are delicious over crispy fried potatoes and tangy braised cabbage.

6. Bavarian Beer Hall Pork Shanks

Bavarian Beer Hall Pork Shanks

Crispy, tender pork shanks are shockingly easy to make at home.

7. Pork Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad

Pork Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad
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These unorthodox German-style pork cutlets are coated in panko for an extra-crispy crust.

8. Pretzel Dumplings

Pretzel Dumplings
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Here’s a great idea for using up leftover pretzels.