39 Minutes quick Pork Roast – Bavarian Style

I love the quick recipe quick Roast Pork with classic side dishes like potato dumplings and sauerkraut. Anyone who has already cooked the Bavarian original knows how much time it takes.

Under 2 hours preparation time the real Bavarian roast pork can hardly be prepared.

There must be a new variation, I thought to myself on a very well planned Sunday and immediately thought up a faster pork recipe, cooked and documented for you step by step.

1. Quick Pork Roast German – Bavarian Style, some basic Considerations

The pieces of pork that are normally used for the Bavarian pork roast such as neck, belly or shoulder take more than an hour to cook, so we cannot use those for the fast track to our pork roast. There is only one solution for the quick pork roast: use flash-frying meat, ideally pork fillet.

Quick pork roast – flash frying – pork fillet

Apart from the cooking time of the meat alone, making the dumplings is very time-consuming. If you make bread dumplings from stuffing, you would first have to prepare the raw stuffing, let it sit, roll the dumplings and finally boil them. We can speed this up by using pre-packaged potato dumplings that you can already find in many US supermarkets.

Pre-packaged potato dumplings are the fastest dumplings in the world

When it comes to the cooking time of sauerkraut, opinions differ: some let it simmer for hours with a dry white wine, bay leaves, cumin, juniper berries, marjoram and a piece of smoked bacon. Gourmet chefs balance the sour taste with apple sauce, which makes the sauerkraut a lot more pleasant to eat. Others though just briefly cook the sauerkraut with white wine or broth. This makes the flavor stronger and more sour.

Boil sauerkraut briefly with broth and dry white wine

2. Bavarian pork roast with potato dumplings and “Sauerkraut” step by step

I want you to be able to get the same results as I did, so here is a detailed step-by-step guide including times:

Minute 1-5:

Preheat oven to 390° F. Cut potatoes in eighths. Peel an onion and cut it in quarters. If available, cut carrots, a celery root and a parsley root in 1-inch long pieces. Put all vegetables in a casserole dish, season with salt, pepper and a dash of paprika, and roast in the oven for 25 minutes.

Minute 5-10:

Bring a cup of water to a boil in a small sauce pan, add 1 table spoon of marjoram, 4 bouillon cubes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil again. Now add 10 ounces of beer, boil once more and fill it into another container. Wash out the sauce pan, put in the sauerkraut, 1 chicken bouillon cube and 7 ounces of dry white wine. All of the sauerkraut should be covered with liquid, so you might have to add a bit of water. Boil at a high temperature without a lid.

Minute 10-15:

Start boiling a pot of salted water for the dumplings. Heat up a large frying pan. Prepare the dumplings as explained on the box and let the dough sit for a moment. Cut the pork fillet in pieces of one and a half inches and season with salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Fry on all sides in sunflower oil, then take them out of the frying pan immediately and put them on a plate.

Minute 15-20:

Add the prepared sauce to the veggies in the oven. Make the dumplings with an ice-cream scoop or a small ladle, then roll them with wet hands. Put them into the boiling water and let them simmer for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the sauerkraut: the liquid should be almost evaporated by now, so reduce the temperature.

Minute 20-25:

Time to clean the cutting board, knife and counter tops and to set the table. Quick check: the dumplings should be happily floating on the surface now, the sauerkraut should be a bit darker now and ready.

Minute 25-30:

Put the roasted pork pieces and their broth in the casserole dish with the veggies and place plates next to it in the oven. Quickly close the oven again and set an alarm for 10 minutes. Short break – or you could dry the dishes and put them away 🙂

Minute 30-38:

Switch off the oven when the alarm goes off, take the dumplings out of the water and put them on a plate with a paper towel on it, and strain the sauerkraut in a sieve. Take everything out of the oven and arrange the pork and sides on the plates.

Fast bavarian style Pork roast with pork fillet. German food for gourmets…

Minute 39:

Serve and enjoy.

3. Authentic bavarian taste and experience in a short time

What this pork roast is missing is the crispy skin. The experience is still authentic though, and especially my guests appreciates the pink-roasted pork fillet. If you are able to follow these instructions, your pork fillet should also be roasted pink all the way through, just as the one in the picture. Here’s a short note on ovens though: high-quality ovens heat up faster so you should always keep an eye on the temperature and roast for a few minutes longer if necessary. I hope your pork roast will be successful!

4. Recipe for the quick Bavarian pork roast

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5 from 12 votes
5 from 12 votes
Quick Bavarian pork roast
Bavarian style pork from bavarian Chef Thomas Sixt. German Cooking Step by Step with professional Tips and ideas for your perfect pork dish. This recipe is perfect for your private Munich Oktoberfest... good success....
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time34 mins
Total Time54 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Bavarian Recipes, German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 persons
Calories: 542kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • salt
  • black ground pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 table spoon marjoram
  • 4 bouillon cubes
  • 10 ounces of beer
  • 1 package of Sauerkraut
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 7 ounces of dry white wine
  • 1 package potato dumplings
  • 1 pork fillet
  • 1 tea spoon cumin
  • 1 table spoon sunflower oil
  • Preheat oven to 390° F.
  • Cut the washed potatoes into eighths, peel onion and cut it into quarters. Put vegetables into a casserole dish and season with salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Boil water with marjoram, bouillon cubes and beer and put it aside.
  • Put sauerkraut in the cleaned saucepan. Add chicken bouillon cubes and white wine and boil at a high temperature without a lid. The sauerkraut should be covered by liquid, so add water if necessary.
  • Prepare the dumpling dough according to the instructions on the package and let it sit. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. Portion the dumpling dough with an ice-cream scoop or a small ladle and roll dumplings with wet hands. Put them into the boiling water and let them simmer.
  • Cut the pork fillet in pieces of one and a half inches, season with salt, pepper, paprika and cumin, and fry them in sunflower oil in a preheated frying pan.
  • Add the sauce to the vegetables in the casserole dish. Take the pork fillet out of the frying pan and put it on a plate.
  • Add the meat to the casserole dish and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Serve the pork roast and sides and enjoy.

5. Calories (kcal.) Quick Bavarian pork roast, an Overview of nutritional Values

Nutrition Facts
Quick Bavarian pork roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 6502mg283%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6. Quick Pork Roast ready? See more Roast Pork Recipes on this Cookblog

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Knuckle of Pork Bavarian Style, crispy like on Oktoberfest
Roast pork with herbs
Bavarian roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings
Roast pork in the pot
Side dishes with roast pork:

Potato dumplings
Bread dumplings
Roast pork beer sauce
Napkin dumplings
Pretzel dumpling original from Bavaria
Salads to go with roast pork:
Bavarian potato salad
Cabbage salad 

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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