The German Bake isn’t just named that for fun, although it does have a ring to it! Rather, this German Bake really embraces its national cuisine. Spicy, savory kielbasa pan-fried to a golden-brown is a great start on that front. So are the tiny, tender handmade dumplings and the buttery, nutty Emmental cheese. It’s a truly wonderful dish that uses favorites from Germany to really make your taste buds happy!

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  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sprig thyme
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 pound Emmental cheese or Swiss cheese, grated, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more, to taste, for garnish
  • parsley, optional, to taste, chopped, for garnish


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2 –In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the kielbasa and cook until golden, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 –Transfer the kielbasa to a plate.

Step 4 –In the same skillet, melt the butter.

Step 5 –Stir in the onion and the thyme, taking care to briefly coat the onion with the butter.

Step 6 –Cook the onion without stirring until it is dark brown, about 5 minutes.

Step 7 –Add the salt and reduce the heat to low.

Step 8 –Cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 20-30 minutes.

Step 9 –Stir in the water, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned bits.

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Step 10 –Transfer the onion mixture to a bowl.

Step 11 –Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Step 12 –In a large bowl, combine the flour, the salt, and the nutmeg.

Step 13 –In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and the milk.

Step 14 –Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir well to combine.

Step 15 –Spread a clean dish towel flat on a work surface adjacent to the stove.

Step 16 –Working over the boiling water, press the dough through a spaetzle maker or use a rubber spatula to push the dough through a colander with holes at least 1/4-inch-wide.

Step 17 –Allow the dough to drop into the boiling water.

Step 18 –When the dumplings rise to the surface, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the towel.

Step 19 –Toss the dumplings, the kielbasa, the onion mixture, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper together.

Step 20 –Spread the dumpling mixture into a 2-quart baking dish or gratin dish.

Step 21 –Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the remaining cheese.

Step 22 –Bake until the casserole is golden and bubbling, about 25-30 minutes.

Step 23 –Serve garnished with the parsley and the extra pepper.