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Recipes for Oktoberfest

Beer, brats, pretzels and more German-inspired favorites
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Can’t make it to Germany for the world’s largest fair? No worries: you can create Bavarian-inspired dishes in your own kitchen. From beer to brats—and the most flavorful soft pretzels you’ll ever bake—we’ve got recipes in the spirit of Oktoberfest for your own homemade celebration.

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    Pork Burgers with Sauerkraut and Gruyère

    A cross between a patty melt and a Reuben, these skillet burgers, with their piled-high sauerkraut, make a tasty (and quick-to-make) Oktoberfest dinner.
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    German Potato Salad

    With bits of bacon and a tangy dressing, this warm salad is a staple at Oktoberfest gatherings in the states.
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    Bratwurst Sandwiches with Tomato Jam & Sauerkraut

    Ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and fresh thyme make a tangy, jam-like condiment for these hearty sandwiches. If you don't have a grill or you're rained out, cook the bratwurst on a grill pan on the stovetop, or broil them. They'll taste just as good.
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    Cabbage Slaw with Bacon Dressing

    It’s the cider vinegar that gives this warm slaw its tanginess. It’s the perfect accompaniment to pork chops, sausages, or any roasted meat. Add a cold beer and you’ve got the makings of an Oktoberfest-inspired meal.
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    Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Roasted Apples & Potatoes

    A mixture of fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme coats quick-cooking pork tenderloin, which pairs beautifully with tender apples and potatoes. The whole thing makes your kitchen smell like a dream, and the flavor? Even better.

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    Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Beer and Grainy Mustard Sauce

    Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness that rounds out the mustard’s bite in this quick pan sauce. Not in the mood for chicken? Try it with pork chops instead.

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    Bratwurst with Apple-Onion Relish

    Tart apple, tangy mustard, and red pepper add color, crunch, and bright flavor to cheesy brats.
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    Bavarian-Style Soft Pretzels

    We have German monks to thank for these golden-brown beauties. For depth of flavor, Peter Reinhart adds a touch of brown sugar to his dough, and a dip in food-safe lye makes the crust a deep glossy-brown.
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    Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Breasts

    Ground pretzels not only make a great crunchy-salty coating for chicken, they also make this dish a family-friendly favorite. Add the mustardy dipping sauce and you’ve got a dinner fit for any weeknight.
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    Beer-Braised Brats with Pickle Juice Slaw

    A tangy cabbage and carrot slaw is a knockout topping for juicy bratwursts. In the spirit of Oktoberfest, substitute long pretzel rolls for the hoagie rolls, if you can find them.
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