Oktoberfest begins today, and with 21 days of partying there’s still plenty of time to prepare for it in your own way. For thousands it’s an opportunity to enjoy the very best beer and food that Germany has to offer – but even if you can’t make it, you can still create your own Oktobertfest at home. You choose the beers – we’ll provide you with the ideal Oktoberfest meal!
STARTER: GERMAN PRETZEL, SALTED
Start your meal with a delicious, freshly baked pretzel – the German version is soft and salty, beautiful used for dipping or simply eaten warm on its own. Take a look at this great recipe from Lick the Bowl Good for quick, delicious bread knots.
MAIN: BEER-BRAISED BRATWURST AND CARAMELIZED SAUERKRAUT
This incredible dish from Chaos in the Kitchen is the ultimate Oktoberfest meal, incorporating various Bavarian foods. Rich bratwurst sausage is simmered with onions and beer until the sauce is thick, then cooked with sauerkraut until all is golden, syrupy and delicious. If you’re looking for an Oktoberfest street food-inspired meal, you can’t get much better than this.
DESSERT: APPLE STRUDEL
Save yourself some hassle and go for Kurt Gutenbrunner’s really easy strudel recipe published on Serious Eats, which blends tart apples with red fruit, nuts and even a splash of rum for an authentic German apple strudel that’ll impress all of your guests. Serve with cream or custard for extra indulgence.