8 Delicious Oktoberfest Dishes to Sop Up All That Beer
If you’re in Munich, we bet you’ve got a pretzel in one hand and a beer stein in another (don’t spill!). It’s Oktoberfest, the annual German festival that started over 200 years ago as a royal wedding celebration. Can’t make it to Bavaria this year? You can host an Oktoberfest-themed shindig at home with these recipes. Some buck tradition, but that’s all right: They all go great with a cold beer.
If you aren’t into sauerkraut’s slippery, fermented texture, try Ina Garten’s riff on a cabbage-based side instead. Her sauteed recipe turns out sweet and tender — a welcome surprise to those who are typically cabbage-averse.
Sausage is a necessary Oktoberfest element, and Michael Symon’s brats are super-savory after a slow simmer with garlic and onions.
Bobby Flay’s recipe is deliciously tangy, thanks to lots of vinegar, mustard, onions and bacon — you won’t miss the mayo at all.
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Dip apples and pears into this upscale twist on beer cheese for a party snack that’s both comforting and crisp.
Ideas from Food Network Magazine:
Food Network Magazine stuffed crispy chicken cutlets (topped with pickles and mustard) into pretzel buns for a dish that’s a complete taste of Oktoberfest in every bite.
It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without these chewy, salty twists. Food Network Magazine’s puffy pretzels are perfect for dipping in spicy mustard.
If you think making buttery noodles from scratch is too complicated, you haven’t tried this recipe’s genius hack: Push the easy-to-make dough through a colander to form the pieces. Sour cream and seltzer make the dish extra-pillowy.
For dessert, follow Food Network Magazine’s lead: Take the best parts of Oktoberfest, coat them in irresistible caramel and make sure you share with a friend.