Oktoberfest is an event that originated from Bavaria, Germany when then Prince Ludwig got married back in 1810. Since then, annual festivities have become a tradition. And now, Oktoberfest is one of the world’s largest festivals. It is never complete without German Beer and, of course, Bavarian-inspired foods.
Whichever part of the globe you are, here are 8 foods that you can have as you celebrate Oktoberfest with your friends and family:
Soft pretzels are very popular during this particular festival. In fact, it should be on top of your list.
Also known as ‘Brezen’, you can make soft pretzels in less than an hour. All you need to have is all-purpose flour, brown sugar, active dry yeast, baking soda, and coarse salt. They go really good with butter and…a bottle or two of beer!
Rotisserie chicken is a dish that is popular not only in Bavaria, but across the globe. It’s another food that you can put on the table as you celebrate Oktoberfest. It’s gonna be a hit!
The secret to this dish is all about the rubbing for the chicken using fresh lemon, garlic, and other spices.
This one here is a favorite not just for Oktoberfest but also for Tailgater parties, Super Bowl, and any other gatherings. You can do them all-year-round. All you need is olive oil, bratwurst sausage, sweet onion, and beer. You can have ‘beer brats’ ready in just 20 to 25 minutes!
Pork Shoulder Roast
The name may sound intimidating and expensive. But really, pork shoulder roast is very affordable and delicious as long as you prepare it right. With ingredients like brown sugar, sweet Hungarian paprika, Kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and dried sage, you will be able to achieve a delightful taste. You can serve this dish with rice as well.
Another must-have food for Oktoberfest is Bavarian Ham Hock with various root vegetables to keep it balanced. When doing this, make sure that you season and brown all sides of the ham hock and slow-roast it.
Looking for more simple yet tasty appetizers? Try German sauteed button mushrooms with a savory garlic sauce. You can eat this dish as it is. Or, you can also use it to top bratwursts or roasts with.
If you can’t find button mushrooms, any edible type will do.
Wondering what this is? Basically, it’s the German version of Mac and Cheese. You can make this using homemade egg noodles. But if you don’t have much time for that, you can certainly utilize the ones that you can buy from the supermarkets.
With the caramelized onion and Gruyere cheese, you’ll definitely fall in love with this German dish.
German Potato Salad
For a German potato salad, you need to use a vinegar mixture instead of the traditional mayonnaise dressing. Add some bacon, onion, egg, and bell pepper, and you’ll have an appetizing side dish. Perfect for any occasion!