There are many families in Cincinnati with a Crock Pot goetta recipe.
The one I’m sharing here took us several years to get exactly the way we love it.
If you’ve never had goetta, pronounced get-uh, it might sound weird, but it’s delicious and versatile.
Similar to dishes like scrapple and mush, goetta was created to help stretch meat over several meals.
Goetta is served in a small part of the Midwestern United States other than Cincinnati, but outside that area it’s mostly unheard of.
Goetta is often served as a substitute for breakfast meat.
Although this recipe is a bit more complicated than those I usually create, it is worth the effort.
A batch of goetta serves a family breakfast (or dinner) for several days, which saves time, money and effort in the long run.
Goetta also keeps and freezes well.
What ingredients are in this Goetta recipe?
Although recipes differ, most include ground meat and pin head or steel cut oats.
In addition, there is a liquid, usually water, to cook the oats.
Most recipes also include onion and bay leaf.
But then there are the secret ingredients.
I admit writing this recipe was a bit difficult for me because we have our own secret ingredients.
Sharing them is an effort.
So what makes perfect goetta?
Some people like it spicy.
Others only have it thinly sliced and fried crisp all by itself.
Some like it thicker and smothered in ketchup.
I am a bit of a goetta snob and am not a fan of having it smothered in ketchup.
Honestly, I roll my eyes at people who do.
Seriously, ask my family.
It’s a good thing they’re all so cute, or I would be offended by how they “ruin” my culinary efforts.
No matter how you like it, goetta is as iconic to Cincinnati Breakfast (and other meals) as our chili is to lunch and dinner.
So how do I serve Goetta?
If you’ve never had goetta, I have two recipes you can try.
This Crock Pot recipe that, as I said earlier, is worth the wait.
The other recipe is Quick, Easy and Delicious Instant Pot Goetta.
That recipe is an adaptation of this recipe that you can make in about an hour.
Some people prefer the texture of the slow cooker method, but I love a recipe that cuts the cooking time by 75%.
How about you?
No matter which method you choose, there are so many ways to serve goetta in addition to the ones I mention above.
You can learn more about that in the recipe collection in 10 Easy to Make Cincinnati Food Favorites.
Here are a some extra tips to make this recipe as easy as possible.
- Assemble all of your ingredients in the order that you will use them.
- Peel and dice onion ahead of time
- Know that this recipe takes about 5 hours to make start to finish, and it’s not a recipe you can start and walk away from. It needs some tending to so get ready to hunker down for a bit.
- If possible, cook with someone and have them read the recipe to you as you cook because cooking is more fun with people and then you won’t skip any steps, not that I’ve ever done that (cough cough yes I have).
- If you’re cooking on your own, read through the entire recipe before you start. There are several steps, and I write recipes as if people are new to cooking.
- Have fun. Cooking is a skill I believe anyone can learn and master with practice. Every great cook has messed up and thrown meals in the garbage. If you mess up, there are plenty of other recipes to try.
Let’s get cooking!
- 6 Cups Water
- 1 pound Ground Beef, browned (reserve grease)
- 1 pound Ground Pork Sausage, browned (reserve grease)
- 1 pound Bacon, fried (reserve grease)
- 2 1/2 cups Pinhead Oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
- 1 large Onion (diced small)
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 3 teaspoons salt (less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon pepper (more or less to taste)
- Put 6 cups water into Crock pot with salt, pepper and Poultry Seasoning and heat on HIGH for 20 minutes.
- Stir in Oatmeal, cover and cook on HIGH for 90 minutes
- Brown ground beef, bacon, and sausage in a skillet, either separately or together, reserve grease. (See notes)
- Put each of the meats in a food processor to cut it into smaller pieces. Do not process it into a paste. While we have a larger food processor, we have included a recommended food processor that works better with smaller batches.
- Add meats, reserved grease, and onion, and mix well.
- Turn heat down to LOW and insert bay leaves in mixture so the ends are sticking out. Do not stir into the mix.
- Cook on LOW for 3 hours.
- Every 45 minutes during the 3 hours, remove the bay leaves and stir.
- Place the bay leaves back and set timer for another 45 minutes.
- At end of 3 hours, remove bay leaves,and stir.. The mixture should be the consistency of thick oatmeal.
- If not, keep cooking with the lid off, stirring every 15 minutes until thick enough.
- Prepare loaf pans, lining them with parchment paper or lay out plastic wrap to make "chubs". Overlap two 16 to 18 inch sheets of clear plastic wrap with a two to three inch overlap. Place a third piece of plastic wrap in the middle of the other two sheets. You will need two loaf pans and three chubs per batch.
- Spoon 1/2 of the goetta into the loaf pans and press down to compress or spoon 1/3 goetta onto the plastic wrap and form into a roll. To compress the chub twist the ends and spin, letting any trapped air out the end of the chub.
- While you can eat the goetta as soon as you make it, most people chill the goetta for several hours before serving.
- After chilling, prepare by cutting into slices and fry in a non-stick skillet for best results.
We normally cook the bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet covered in aluminium foil and with a parchment sheet under the bacon slices. Cook at 375F for 20-30 minutes until crisp.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 32 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 568mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 12g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
While I usually share pictures of the cooking process with these recipes, I’m only sharing all the finished products in the post.
Here’s what your Goetta making process should look like.
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Final notes about this goetta recipe
If you aren’t a goetta lover, you can adapt nearly all of these recipes to include a ground meat option.
If ground beef is your thing, make the filling taco or Italian filling
Looking to lower your fat?
Use ground turkey or chicken.
You can even use a ricotta and mozzarella cheese mixture as a vegetarian option.
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