Oktoberfest Recipes

Create an Oktoberfest-themed feast, complete with pretzels, bratwurst, spaetzle, and popular German cakes for dessert.

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Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

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I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple.

Traditional German Warm Potato Salad

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Is there anything better than freshly made potato salad? With sausages or pork, it's a dream! This recipe is from Bavaria, Germany, and my family makes this potato salad every year for Christmas eve.

Wisconsin Bratwurst

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This is the only way to cook bratwurst in Wisconsin. The brats are incredibly tasty! If you can get fresh bratwurst from a sausage shop, do it... it is worth the extra cost. Serve with brown mustard on substantial hoagie rolls, never on hot dog buns. Mustard is important and must always be stone ground. Add warm sauerkraut and ketchup, if you like. Chow down! Think about those Wisconsin summers! Listen to some polka!

Beef Short Ribs Sauerbraten

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The 24-hour marinade in this classic German dish, Sauerbraten, ensures succulent short ribs have that signature tanginess. Gingersnaps give the sauce a beautiful texture and add a sweet spiciness.
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German Spaetzle Dumplings

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Traditional German dumplings. You can also mince a few pieces of bacon in a pan, and heat the cooked spaetzle in the bacon drippings-only omit the butter, if preparing recipe with bacon.

German Beef Rouladen

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This is another great German recipe that reminds me of my mom's wonderful cooking. Enjoy this unique and delicious dish!

Lengenberg's Boiled Potatoes

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This is the perfect simple side dish for a couple of German bratwursts or schnitzel.

Chef John's Kummelweck Rolls

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These rolls are fragrant with caraway seeds and topped with coarse salt, making them the perfect base for Western New York's Beef on Weck sandwiches.
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Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

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These small, delicious sandwiches are perfect for any party. They are so good that even the pickiest of eaters will eat these.

Authentic German Potato Salad

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This is my mother's recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don't last long!
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Crispy Roasted Chicken

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This oven-roasted chicken is inspired by the Brathaehnchen served commonly in Bavarian Biergartens, small shops, and food carts. You can serve this chicken with many side dishes, but favorites are fried potatoes or spaetzle and a nice garden salad. Weiss beer doesn't hurt at all!

Buttery Soft Pretzels

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After spending so much money on those Mall bought pretzels, I thought I'd try making some myself. So here's a recipe that has worked for me. These pretzels are a bit sweeter than other types and are buttery. These are great plain with a bit of pretzel salt or coated with cinnamon and sugar. Once finished, dip the hot pretzel in melted butter and coat with your favorite flavors. Enjoy!

Inspiration and Ideas

Oktoberfest's 12 Greatest Recipes

We've picked the best of the 'fest! Just say ja to these five-star recipes. Wash them down with a fresh German beer or a nice cold Riesling.

Bier + Bratwurst

"Great for those craving a little Oktoberfest." – Robert

Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

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My Bavarian Oma made these large dumplings to accompany roast pork or game dishes, any meat with gravy, or with mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Serve one dumpling alongside your dish, and cover with a little gravy.