Oktoberfest – German Food Recipes

Oktoberfest – German Food Recipes

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Being Lutheran with German heritage on both sides of my husband’s family, we enjoy lots of German food. Which means, we eat a lot of cabbage and sausage! Every year, our church holds a celebration of food for Oktoberfest – German Food Recipes.

 

What is Oktoberfest? 

Oktoberfest is a 16 to 18 day folk festival held each September in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It started out as a wedding celebration in Bavaria when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony in October 1810.

Bavarian Dirndl Costume

Nowadays here in America, you can expect to see community celebrations in parks with small tents, hear Polka music from Oompah bands, see folks walking around in traditional costume such as men in lederhosen and women in dirndls. Oh, and maybe an alpine hat or a Viking helmet or two. 

 

Our favorite Oktoberfest – German Food Recipes

As for foods, you might see lots of pork, sausage, and bratwurst, soft pretzels, and dumplings. Expect large quantities of cabbage and sauerkraut, cheese spreads, kuchens, and strudels. And of course, German beer. Here are a few of our family’s favorite German recipes. 

 

Snacks or Appetizers – Lets Get the Party Started!

 

Sourdough Pretzels with Mustard Dip

Sourdough Pretzels with Mustard Dip
We love these soft pretzels at any time of year. They are best served warm, fresh from the oven, but they’re also good hours later warmed in a toaster oven or even the next day. But trust me, they won’t last long.
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Beer – Battered Onion Rings

Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Beer-Battered Onion Rings are so delicious and surprisingly simple to make. Light and crunchy with thick slices of sweet onion. And the dipping sauce is pretty amazing, too! 
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Recipe for Beer-Battered Onion Rings

 

 

A Few Side Dishes – Can you say Cabbage?

 

Red Cabbage with Apples – Red cabbage is a traditional German recipe that you will see at nearly every Oktoberfest. The addition of apples compliments this cabbage dish quite well.

Red Cabbage with Apples
Here's a delicious recipe that my mother-in-law makes. It's the perfect accompaniment to any German fare. Enjoy!
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German Style Cabbage Salad – This is a nice alternative to the creamy coleslaw recipes that abound in summer.

German Style Cabbage Salad
This cooked cabbage salad is a nice alternative to the creamy coleslaw recipes that abound in the summer. Perfect for your next German Oktoberfest celebration!
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Recipe for German Style Cabbage Salad

 

German Spaetzle with Cabbage – We’ve been making spaetzle in our home for many years. This German pasta Spatz means Little Sparrows. You won’t want to celebrate Oktoberfest without this side dish. 

German Spaetzle with Cabbage
Being Lutheran with German heritage on both sides of my husband’s family, we enjoy lots of German food. Which means, we eat a lot of cabbage and sausage! Here are our favorite Oktoberfest – German Food Recipes.
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Favorite German Main Dishes and Soups

 

Pork Schnitzel with Cream Sauce – Pork Schnitzel is one of our favorite comfort dinners. It works well for a Sunday dinner or for your next Oktoberfest celebration.

Pork Schnitzel with Cream Sauce
Here's a delicious recipe to try for your next Sunday Dinner.
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Pork Schnitzel with Cream Sauce

 

Bierocks with Sausage and Cabbage – Unlike most bierock recipes, this one uses sausage instead of ground burger. I like to serve them with Country Potato Soup or Creamed Cabbage Soup.

Bierocks with Sausage and Cabbage
Here is a fun recipe to make for Oktoberfest, with a substitution of sausage for the usual hamburger. I like to serve this with Country Potato Soup or Creamy Cabbage Soup.
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Recipe for Bierocks with Sausage and Cabbage

 

 

Bratwurst with Roasted Vegetables (and Gnocchi) is loaded with roasted potatoes, green peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and delicious potato gnocchi.

Bratwurst with Roasted Vegetables
Bratwurst with Roasted Vegetables (and Gnocchi) is an amazingly easy sheet pan dinner to prepare for your family. Packed with vegetables, it's loaded with roasted potatoes, green peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts. Plus it has the added bonus of crisp, yet chewy and oh, so delicious potato gnocchi.
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Recipe for Bratwurst with Roasted Vegetables

 

 

German Style Meatballs – Flavorful meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce, loaded with sauerkraut and cranberries. 

German Style Meatballs
Many people celebrate Oktoberfest with German food. Here is a family favorite we make for our annual German Dinner at church. Great with Bierocks and/or Spaetzel.
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Recipe for German Style Meatballs

 

 

Kielbasa Potato Skillet Dinner – A one-pot, quick and easy meal, sure to please your entire family! We love the combination of kielbasa, potatoes, and cabbage. And we love the sweet and sour flavors often found in German Cuisine.

Kielbasa Potato Skillet Dinner
Here's a quick and easy recipe for you to try, sure to please your entire family!
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Recipe for Kielbasa Potato Skillet Dinner

 

 

Creamy Cabbage and Bratwurst Soup is a recipe I made when I had some cabbage sitting in my refrigerator. Although creamy, there is a lightness to it that seems perfect for a cool evening. Serve with a hard crusty bread such as my Tangy Sourdough Bread. 

Creamy Cabbage and Bratwurst Soup
I made this soup last spring when I had some extra cabbage sitting in my refrigerator. Although creamy, there is a delicious lightness to it that seems perfect for a cool spring evening.
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Recipe for Creamy Cabbage and Bratwurst Soup

 

 

Time for Dessert – Apples, Crisps, Fritters and Kuchens

 

Fried Apples – Fried apples are so delicious and the perfect comfort food to welcome in the autumn season.

Fried Apples
Here's a recipe that reminds me of apples served at Cracker Barrel. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Kuchen –  A moist dessert, filled with a pint of fresh, plump blueberries and topped with a streusel topping. 

Blueberry Kuchen
Here's a yummy German coffee cake to serve to your family!
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Recipe for Blueberry Kuchen

 

 

Traditional Apple Crisp – I have been baking this apple dessert for years. It is an old family recipe I hope you’ll enjoy. 

Traditional Apple Crisp
Here is an old family recipe I hope you'll enjoy. Serve with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
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Recipe for Traditional Apple Crisp

 

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping – A mix between a Dutch Apple Pie and an Apple Crisp. Tart apples in a sweetly spiced filling, topped with a crunchy oat crumb. 

Apple Pie with Oat Crumb
Here's a recipe that is a mix between a Dutch Apple Pie and Apple Crisp. Very sweet, but quite delicious with some whipped cream or ice-cream.
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Recipe for Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

 

Apple Cider Fritters – A delicious recipe we enjoy in the fall that I make using my dad’s fresh apple cider. I’m not sure there is a better way to welcome in Autumn than by enjoying one of these lovelies. 

Apple Cider Fritters
Here's a delicious recipe we enjoy in the fall that I make using my dad's fresh apple cider. So good!!
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Recipe for Fried Apple Fritters

 

Oktoberfest Sign

 

If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to attend at least one Oktoberfest in your life–and be sure to try some of these recipes.

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