Family Love with Fleischkuekle & Beets Recipe

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

My German roots go deep and involve lots of good recipes, many meals around the table, and beautiful memories as a small child with my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and many cousins. One favorite recipe that we’ve made, and I still feel my mom mastered it the best in the kitchen, is Fleischkuekle, which is like a pasta pocket filled with meat (reminds me of a ravioli).

Fleischkuekle Recipe

And they are served with bread crumbs and pickled beets.

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Yes, pickled beets! I often wonder how the pickled beets came in, but quite honestly my grandmother was a fabulous gardener and canned everything. And her beets, in my mind, were the best!

Family tradition …

This is where it all started. I recently came across this picture of my grandparents (who the recipe came from) and my grandma’s mother, great grandma Rosa, about the time when all the grandchildren were being born. These were the first 5 of 22 grandkids, and too many to count great-grands and great-great grands. I love how youthful my mother is in this picture (bottom right), at 18, who would be turning 80 this year if she were alive. (Miss you – mom!)

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Cooking with sisters …

This past weekend my sisters and I cooked together to make our “family dish” for my dad’s birthday (top photo with Dad and Ginny).

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Each bite is precious …

Because it’s not the healthiest dish you could serve, we only make it once a year.

But we treat each little Fleischkuekle like a piece of gold.

Sometimes we count how many we eat; other times we prefer to just enjoy them (no counting allowed)!

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Family love …

When I think of Fleischkuekle, I think of family love, because we never eat it without each other together at the table.

I’m posting this recipe so my family members will have it, but if you want to give it a try, don’t forget the pickled beets!

What is your “family” or traditional recipe that you make for special occasions?

Fleischkuekle Recipe |

Fleischkuekle Recipe |
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Best served with pickled beets.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 pound hamburger 75%
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage 25%
  • 1 1/2 T. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • garlic optional
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 can evaporated milk
  • 3-4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • Breadcrumbs
  • 2 T. Butter


  • Mix hamburger, sausage, salt, pepper, onion (and garlic if you choose) together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix the 3 eggs, evaporated milk, flour and salt together with a wooden spoon. Then with your hands, continue to mix and add flour as needed (but not too much flour). Pinch off into 3 balls.
  • Roll each ball out onto a floured board, not too thin. Cut into small squares or triangles.
  • Place a large spoonful of meat in the center of each piece of dough, fold and seal edges (like a ravioli).
  • Place each Fleischkuekle onto a platter with either wax paper or parchment paper, not letting the pieces touch each other.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, adding 1 tsp. of salt.
  • Drop each Fleischkuekle into the boiling water; boil for 20 minutes. You may need 2 pots of water depending on whether you double the batch or not.
  • Prepare bread crumbs in butter, frying until lightly brown.
  • Drain and layer the Fleischkuekle onto a clean, dry platter; sprinkle w/fried breadcrumbs between each layer.
  • Serve with pickled beets!

5 comments on “Family Love with Fleischkuekle & Beets Recipe”

  1. My family has a slightly different version using the same noodle dough recipe but combining ground ham, pork, and veal for the meat filling. We call it mauschellen. We boil the  “raviolis” and serve them in a bowl with some of the broth, adding a little milk and melted butter on the top. My great grandmother brought the recipe over from Germany in an area near Stuttgart. We too had this favorite for special family occasions. I have never come across anyone outside of our family who has heard of it. 

  2. That is so very sweet to see your family Fun
    I grew up in Germany and know this recipe from “Schwabenlaendle” near Stuttgart where it is called “Maultaschen” oder “Fleischkuechle”.
    It can be made without the sausage, just ground beef well seasoned.
    I never made it myself, but ate often, thank you for sharing this hearty recipe from good old Germany, you made your Granny proud!

  3. When our family gets together my mom makes her famous Swiss Steak with mashed potatoes. It is so delicious. I bet your dad really loved having his daughters cook for him on his birthday:-)

  4. What a fun family!! Love that you cook with your sisters :)

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