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Recipes for Oktoberfest

Recipes for Oktoberfest

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 Rueben, 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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A German Brew in America

Only a few labels brewed in Munich can be called authentic Oktoberfest beers, but you can toast the fest with a German-style beer brewed in an American microbrewery using grains and hops from Germany and a proprietary yeast from Bavaria.

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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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Cabbage & Apples with Riesling and Caraway

For a meal in the spirit of Oktoberrfest, pair this side with roast pork loin or sausage, such as bratwurst or boudin blanc.

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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 during Oktoberfest.

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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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