Goetta is ground meat and oats that people in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area use in many different ways. The most common way to eat Goetta is as a breakfast meat. It goes great with hash browns, pancakes, eggs, almost anything breakfast!
My Grandma Judy sent me her recipe. I substitute beef and pork for ground turkey. Dark turkey meat works best, but if you want it extra lean you can use white meat. I’m sure any ground meet combination would work.
Goetta is a German dish. There is a great history of it on Wikipedia. Some people even make a vegetarian version. I might have to try and make that later...
One way to serve Goetta that my Grandma found in a Northern Kentucky restaurant was Goetta nachos. I have the picture above. It tastes great! The recipe for Goetta nachos follows the original recipe.
1 lb beef
1 lb pork
8 cups water
2 ½ cups pinhead oatmeal
1 large onion (chopped)
1 to 4 bay leaves
3 tsp salt
Pinch of pepper
1. Mix the beef and pork together in a bowl.
2. Put water in a pan until it comes to a boil; add salt, pepper, and oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal 2 hours, stirring often; keep lid on while cooking over low heat.
3. Add meat, onion, & bay leaves, mix well. Let cook 1 hour stirring often.
4. When done take out bay leaves and put into bread pans. When cool, refrigerate.
5. This will keep for days, but when ready to use slice into pieces and fry in desired cooking fat until browned. This can also be frozen and used at a later date.
Couple slices of Goetta (recipe above)
Nacho cheese (we just used Velveeta)
1. Melt Velveeta cheese in the microwave. Try to make it creamy; add some milk to the Velveeta if needed. Or prepare nacho cheese the way you know how.
2. Prepare a big platter with nacho chips; corn tortillas are fine.
3. Fry the Goetta in some canola oil (or other desired fat) until golden brown.
4. Crumble the Goetta over the nachos then pour on some cheese. Then some more Goetta and more cheese.
5. Layer it up until the desired nacho plate is made.
This recipe is great for parties. For a twist you could mix some salsa into your cheese and use that with Goetta and chips.