Held annually in Munich, Germany, this year Oktoberfest begins on Saturday, September 21st and ends on Sunday, October 6th. If you’re looking to bring a little piece of Oktoberfest to your menu, there are some key items you can feature.
- Bratwurst – Serve a brat (#650025) in a bun with a spicy mustard or sliced with kraut.
- Kielbasa – These smoked, oversized Polish sausages (#640230) are perfect grilled. Serve on a bun or sliced as an appetizer.
- Schnitzel – This popular dish is made with meat, typically pork or veal (#332381), pounded thin, coated in flour and breadcrumbs, and fried in oil.
- Roast Pork – There are a variety of different cuts of pork you can use to create a traditional roast pork dish, including a tenderloin (#720209) or butt (#720116), (#721357). Try this recipe featuring pork tenderloin smothered in onion and mustard.
- Roast Chicken – During Oktoberfest, chickens (#710080) are roasted whole on a spit. Offering oven roasted chicken will also work just fine! Try making a lemon and thyme butter rub.
- Potatoes – You’ll find most Oktoberfest dishes are paired with a potato, such as German potato salad or a potato pancake (#302518). These savory and salty pairings are great with pork dishes (and a cold beer), but many people also enjoy them on their own! Potato pancakes are great to pair with applesauce or sour cream.
- Sauerkraut – Kraut (#455310) is another classic German staple paired with many pork and sausage dishes. You can use a classic Kraut or go a little more upscale and try a dish like this Sweet & Sour Cabbage.
- Cheese – Beer and cheese typically go hand and hand at Oktoberfest. There are lots of tasty and creative ways to harmonize these bold flavors. Try a German beer cheese spread or perhaps a beer and cheddar soup with diced slab bacon (#610007).
- Bavarian Style Pretzels – Arguably as important as the beer, is the pretzel. These perfect pretzels are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Whether you want a classic 5 oz (#318023) or a jumbo 10 oz (#318021) for sharing, pretzels are a must for Oktoberfest. Be sure to have the perfect mustard (#224097) for your pretzel!
- Dessert – Don’t forget the dessert! Whether you want something rich like German chocolate cake (#316411), apple crumb cake (#316303), or a snack that customers can munch on like “Gebrannte Mandeln” (burnt almonds), just make sure you’ve got something sweet to round off your salty dishes.
To make the burnt almonds, candy almonds (#260021) with sugar (#226014), vanilla extract (#264816), cinnamon (#264096), and a hint of sea salt (#264367).
Break out your Lederhosen and dirndls, fire up the band, and raise a glass! This Oktoberfest is going to be wunderbar!