26 weeks of slow cooker recipes continue with my version of Slow Cooker Overnight Goetta!
Okay so if you don’t know what goetta is you don’t know what you are missing. Well, I am here to educate you on this wonderful regional breakfast treat. Slow Cooker Overnight Goetta is so simple to make and freezes so well you will be making batches of this every month.
I bet you can probably come up with other uses for goetta. I have and posted my recipe for Goetta Sliders. Perfect for game-day or morning tailgating. Throw on a fried egg and you are in business.
So what is Goetta you ask??
Goetta is a meat-and-grain sausage or mush of German inspiration that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat, pin-head oats and spices.
While goetta comes in a variety of forms, all goetta is based around ground meat combined with pin-head or steel-cut oats, the “traditional Low German cook’s way of stretching a minimum amount of meat to feed a maximum number of people. Goetta is typically flavored with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper, and thyme. It contains onions and sometimes other vegetables.
While similar to scrapple in that it uses a grain product for the purpose of stretching out meat to feed more people, goetta looks very different. Scrapple is made with cornmeal while goetta uses steel-cut or chopped oats. The oats in goetta are much coarser than the fine powder used in scrapple and add texture to the dish. Wikipedia
This is a traditional recipe for Goetta and it is not mine. Goetta recipes are plentiful on the internet but I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Overnight Goetta, on Food,com, to be the easiest and tastes just like the German original. I live in the Cincinnati area and Goetta is a regional favorite because of our German heritage. Goetta is basically pinhead or steel cut oats, ground beef and sausage with seasonings, slow cooked then fried up when ready to serve.
Mainly served for breakfast but also as a savory meat dish served any time of day. The slow cooking process for my Slow Cooker Overnight Goetta is the perfect way to create a very creamy mixture. It is important to allow the goetta mixture to set up in loaves before slicing and serving.
If you have never tried Goetta and you are a fan of sausage and oats you will love this recipe.
- 5 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups pinhead or steel cut oats
- 3 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 large onion finely diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb sausage
- 1 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 4 leaves bay
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- Place water, oats, salt and pepper into the crock pot and mix well.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, stirring 2 or 3 times.
- Add sausage and ground beef. Using a wooden spoon, break up meat into small pieces.
- Add onion, sage, thyme and bay leaves.
- Cook overnight or at least 5 hours on low, stirring occasionally.
- Uncover and stir in cornmeal.
- Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves.
- Turn out into 2-3 loaf pans lined with plastic wrap, cover and chill in fridge until set.
- When set, turn out and slice in 1/4 to1/2 inch slices. Freeze for up to 6 months
- Fry slices in a little butter or oil until brown and crusty, Flip carefully.
Place a glass or stoneware loaf pan on top of the gotta loaf as it sets up in the fridge. Makes it a little more dense.
First published by Quinn Caudill for www.dadwhats4dinner.com ©2016 all rights reserved.
I will be bringing my Slow Cooker Overnight Goetta recipe to Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, What’s Cooking Wednesdays. Check out my Link Parties page for other great places to find new recipes.
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