Contest-Winning German Pizza Recipe
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Contest-Winning German Pizza Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Most of our family lives in Pennsylvania. They visit us often, and I like to serve this simple meal when they do. Even if it's just my husband, our 1-1/2-year-old and me around the table, German Pizza is a favorite. We have 280 sows and raise pigs to feeder size. There's plenty to do, and quick meals are appreciated. I do a good bit of canning and freezing. I also enjoy sewing. And I love to read - especially Country Woman! -Audrey Nolt, Versailles, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 medium potatoes (about 2-1/4 pounds), peeled and finely shredded
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 462 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 195mg cholesterol, 948mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the beef, onion, green pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Reduce heat to low; melt butter in pan. Spread potatoes over butter and sprinkle with remaining salt. Top with beef mixture. Combine eggs and milk; pour over all.
  3. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until set in the center. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and cook until melted. Cut into wedges. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as German Pizza in Country Woman January/February 1991, p33

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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[email protected] User ID: 1665956 12260
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"How can this have 16 ratings and only 2 reviews? Only adding one star because I had to , to add the comment."

PenelopeC User ID: 7824368 12784
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"Hmmm......the idea behind this recipe is great and it tasted ok. I was actually a little excited as I was making it. However, I (and others) just felt like it was a little bland tasting. If I make it again I will add some type of seasoning to the ground beef."

cookingcuriously User ID: 6457500 38875
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Awesome! Absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing."

u006264 User ID: 5723235 12441
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Very good as is. Thanks"

Twisted Knitster User ID: 1222855 37171
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"I also decreased the salt in this recipe. Otherwise, everything was perfect. Next time, I would like to try a breakfast version as well as a dinner version using sausage as many have suggested within earlier reviews. Three cheers for german pizza!

Does anyone have suggestions for making a larger batch (I.e. casserole dish/baking rather than skillet/cooking)? Thanks!"

msdosty1941 User ID: 2683910 5427
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"This is an easy recipe to make & tastes good but with all the salt, I do not use that much that is called for. We love it & doesn't take that long to prepare."

Sig User ID: 25703 27850
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"Did I miss reading the oven temperature in this recipe?"

amweikert User ID: 4302939 13369
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"i used frozen hash browns too."

amweikert User ID: 4302939 21271
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"i didn't use the green peppers or onion and used sausage instead of the hamburger and i used mozzarella and cheddar. and it was good. will make it again. it would be good for a breakfast or brunch."

pinkteamer User ID: 1602631 37054
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"This is a "comfort food" kind of recipe that can easily be adapted for breakfast by changing the beef to sausage. yes, the potatoes forma a hashbrown-type "pizza crust". Hence the "German" in the name.

PLEASE: if you haven't made the recipe - DON'T REVIEW IT!!! One and three star comments make it difficult for actual cooks to judge a recipe. And use some common sense, larry."

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