There are foods that look like variants of pizza, yet aren’t exactly pizza. Case in point: the flammkuchen.

The Flammkuchen – or Tarte flambée, as it’s also known – is a similar dish, popular in Germany, mostly in the region of Alsace. 

In the past, people used to put very thin portions of dough into the oven to test if it was hot enough. This dish was invented when someone added a few ingredients on top of one of these doughs, obtaining a crispy and savory dish that soon turned popular in the area.

This recipe has gained a lot of varieties throughout the years, just like pizza has. This recipe here is one of the many possibilities there are. Don’t be afraid to improvise!


A traditional food from Germany you can make yourself at home!
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German
Keyword: flammkuchen recipes, homemade german recipes, traditional flammkuchen, traditional german recipes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 675kcal


  • Mozzarella cheese 100 g sliced cheese, one cup of grated cheese (option #1)
  • 2 cups sour cream (option #2)
  • 2 sausages sliced thinly
  • ½ cup pickles sliced
  • 2 potatoes boiled and sliced
  • 2 cups onion sliced
  • 1 cup bacon sliced
  • Oregano to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup sauerkraut optional


  • Preheat the oven to the highest temperature.
  • Extend the dough and roll it until it’s as thin as possible.
  • Distribute the sliced cheese over the dough, forming a layer (if option #1), or cover the dough with sour cream, making sure to cover as much as possible. (if option #2)
  • Put the sauerkraut, the sausages, the potatoes, and the pickles on the dough.
  • Mix the bacon and the onion together and put those on the spaces that are still uncovered.
  • Cover the toppings with grated cheese (if option #1), season everything with oregano and pepper.
  • Put in the oven and bake for fifteen minutes – until the bread is crispy. Don't neglect the flammkuchen, don't let the bread get burned!