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7 Must-Try Foods [and beer] of Oktoberfest

 

Bavaria’s capital city of Munich is without a doubt one of Europe’s most treasured jewels.  Munich is recognized for its vast history, great food, and the ridiculous amount of beer drinking that takes places in “Die Wiesn”, known as Oktoberfest to us in the states.

Imagine this:

Women in colorful dirndl dresses, 14 tents, men singing beer drinking tunes, Hofbräuhaus mugs, and the best of hearty, meaty German cuisine.

These are the 7 must-try foods [and beer] of Oktoberfest:

1.    Brezel (Bavarian Pretzel) 

Made from baked dough shaped into a loop, and sprinkled with chunks of salt.  The special thing about Bavarian pretzels is that they are enormous and always go perfect with sweet or hot mustard, and weisswurst.

Fun Fact: Soft pretzels are also a staple of Philadelphia cuisine.

Recipe 

Oktoberfest

 2.    Weißwurst (Weisswurst or white sausage)

Freshly served before noon, this traditional white sausage is often paired with a brezel and a mug of Weissbier (wheat beer).

Fun Fact: The traditional way of eating Weisswurst is by sucking the filling from the end.  The peel is not eaten.

Recipe 

3.    Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Even though it originated in Vienna, Austria, warm apples, sugar and cinnamon all rolled up in thin patry dough is a German delicacy. 

Fun Fact: “Apfelstrudel is best accompanied by tea, coffee, or champagne.”

Recipe

 4.    Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded and fried veal cutlet)

This thinned, breaded dish, dating back to the Byzantine Empire, is enjoyed throughout present Munich, Austria, and across the world.

Fun Fact: Schnitzel can be made from chicken and/or pork. 

Recipe

 

Oktoberfest

 5.     Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad)

America’s love affair with potato salad gained popularity soon after WWI and WWII, where German immigrants settled in the states and brought back a number of now U.S. favorites. 

Fun Fact: Northern Germans make it with mayonnaise while Southern Germans enjoy it with hot broth, oil, and white wine vinegar.

 Surprise your guests, friends, and family at your next get-together: Click for recipe

6.    Augustiner Weissbier (Augustiner wheat beer)

The Augustiner Bräu brewery was first established in 1328.  At 5.40% ABV, this local favorite could not be left out, being one of the most popular beers of Oktoberfest and Munich itself.  

Fun Fact: It’s the Pope’s favorite beer.  Need we say more?

*To find, ask at your local liquor store.

7.    Sauerkraut (Pickled cabbage)

Tracing back to ancient China, this topping is a must in NYC hot dog stands, Polish meals, and the star component of Reuben deli sandwiches. yum.

Fun Fact: Sauerkraut was renamed “Liberty cabbage” to prevent anti-German sentiment post-World War I.

Why not make some at home? Click for recipe

 

If it weren’t for German influence on American food, July 4th and Memorial Day weekend cookouts wouldn’t be nearly as tasty i.e. we wouldn’t have things like hot dogs, pretzels, coffeecakes, sausages, or even deviled eggs.

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