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Savoring Tradition: Crafting the Perfect German Eintopf (Stew)

EIntopf (One-Pot German Stew)
Eintopf (One-Pot German Stew)

As the crisp autumn air settles in and the leaves begin their enchanting transformation, there's nothing quite like the warmth and comfort of a hearty stew to fill your home with inviting aromas. One dish that embodies the essence of German comfort food is the Eintopf, a flavorful and satisfying one-pot stew. In this blog post, we'll take a culinary journey into the heart of Germany with a classic Eintopf recipe that promises to delight your senses.

The Allure of Eintopf:

Eintopf, which translates to "one pot" in English, is a time-honored German tradition. This versatile stew allows for creative freedom in combining various meats, vegetables, and pulses into a single pot, resulting in a rich and deeply satisfying dish. The beauty of Eintopf lies in its simplicity and the ability to customize it based on seasonal ingredients or personal preferences.

Classic German Eintopf Recipe:


- 1 lb beef stew meat, cubed

- 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced

- 1 cup dried white beans, soaked overnight

- 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

- 2 carrots, sliced

- 1 leek, cleaned and chopped

- 1 onion, finely chopped

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 bay leaf

- 1 tsp thyme

- Salt and pepper to taste

- 6 cups beef or vegetable broth

- 2 tbsp vegetable oil


1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the beef stew meat and brown on all sides.

2. Add the sliced smoked sausage and cook until lightly browned.

3. Stir in the chopped onion and garlic, cooking until softened.

4. Add the soaked and drained white beans, diced potatoes, sliced carrots, and chopped leek to the pot.

5. Pour in the broth, and add the bay leaf and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the flavors meld together.

Invitation to The Mercantile on the Katy Trail:

If you find yourself captivated by the allure of German cuisine and want to experience the charm of a historic town, we extend a warm invitation to stay at our self-service lodging, The Mercantile on the Katy Trail. Nestled in the heart of Hermann, MO, this beautifully restored mercantile building offers a cozy retreat and a perfect base for exploring the town's rich history, wineries, and scenic trails.

Enjoy Your Stew and Book Your stay:

As you savor the robust flavors of your homemade Eintopf, let it transport you to the rustic kitchens of Germany, where tradition and simplicity create culinary masterpieces. Whether you're an aspiring chef or a seasoned home cook, this classic German stew is sure to become a cherished addition to your fall and winter recipe repertoire. And if you're seeking a getaway that combines history, hospitality, and good food, make Hermann, MO, and The Mercantile on the Katy Trail your next destination. Prost!

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