Fall is in the air. Beer, brats, sauerkraut, beer, schnitzel, spaetzle, and a glass boot full of beer. It is Oktoberfest baby!! These are some of our absolute favorite Bavarian recipes to made for your Oktoberfest party, From Beer cheese to Black Forest Cheesecake these recipes are sure to make you Oktoberfest a hit. Oh, we almost forget, don't forget the beer.
Sauerbraten is the national dish of Germany, and well worth the time and effort it takes to make it. Most of the time is "hands off" so don't let he cooking time scare you off from a great dish. This beef roast is marinated for 5 days to 2 weeks, tenderizing the meat and building its rich complex flavors. The roast is then browned and braised before being served with the a rich flavorful sauce.
We have tried many variations of beer cheese over the years, from local favorites to the real deal in the beer halls of Munich. In this version we take the smoked queso craze and apply it to a creamy beer cheese sauce. This Smoked German Beer Cheese is on point and makes the perfect addition to your next Oktoberfest party. Grab a pretzel or two and dig in.
Pretzels and Smoked Beer Cheese
German Potato Pancakes
Kartoffelpuffer, or German potato pancakes are a popular beer garden snake during octoberfest and help to soak up all of those fantastic German ales and lagers. This recipe comes from Craft Beering's site and is one of our favorite versions of this classic German Oktoberfest food.
It is easy to see why schnitzel is one of the most popular dishes in Austria and Germany. This authentic Austrian wiener schnitzel uses a light panko breading for the veal, and is fried in lard and clarified butter. You may have to loosen the lederhosen for this one.
Alright, so this one is not technically German. Brought to the Midwest by German-Russian immigrants, these beef and cabbage filled rolls are hugely popular in Kansas and Nebraska (where they are known as Runzas). Still they make for a perfect snack or dish for your Oktoberfest meal or party.
Schwenkbraten is a German grilled pork dish popular in the Western German regions of Saarland, Rheinland, and the Mosel Valley. This dish consists of marinated pork that is grilled over an open flame. Literally translating to “swinging pork” the dish is traditionally cooked on a Schwenker, which is a swinging grill raised above a camp fire of fire bowl. These flavorful pork chops are marinated for 24-72 hours and then grilled over an open flame.
German Red Cabbage
It's not Oktoberfest without cabbage. This recipe for rotkohl from House of Nash Eats is one of our favorite versions of this classic German Red Cabbage. A little bit sweet and a little bit sour, it makes a perfect companion to smoked sausages and brats.
Black Forest Cheesecake
Black forest cake is a decedent chocolate sponge cake originating from Germany. The cake is named after the local liquor Kirsch or kirschwasser, which is a famous cherry flavored brandy produced from distilled morello cherries and originating in the Black Forest region of Germany. It is from this liquor that the dessert gets its name. This German Black Forest Cheesecake consists of a chocolaty cheesecake using traditional German ingredients like quark. The cheesecake is then topped with kirschwasser soaked cherries and a homemade cherry infused whipped cream.
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