Are you thinking of arranging the Oktoberfest at your home because the pandemic won’t allow you to attend it physically and your lederhosen is going to waste? Are you worried about what to serve at this celebration of yours? If so, wonder no more. This blog will guide you through everything you need to serve at this event.
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is a Bavarian event that started to celebrate King Louis 1’s wedding. The event then became a yearly occurrence in which the locals would gather and celebrate. In 1818, a man with a plan thought of doing a business out of this event already popular locally.
He started to sell food in temporary structures he called “halls.” After some time, these “food halls” were converted to “beer halls” where the top German Ledgers sold their drinks. Noe these halls have a capacity of more than six thousand and sell more than 75,800 hectoliters of beer every year.
The fest hasn’t occurred in the last two years due to the pandemic. That means a lot more reason to celebrate at home and take the load off from everyone’s minds.
People from all around the world come to attend the event. Lederhosen men and dirndls are touching the heights of fame because of the popularity of Oktoberfest.
What to Serve at Your In-home Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is all about Bavarian foods and culture (and, of course, beer and authentic lederhosen). So, here we will list down some Bavarian foods for you to make at your at-home Oktoberfest and enjoy the tradition while being wise and safe:
Roast pork is a staple in Bavaria. You will find it at the Oktoberfest and every house after Sunday mass. This dish screams family and tradition. Here is what you will need to make the dish that serves six people:
- 2 ¼ Pork belly, neck, or loin (knuckles can also be included but are not a must)
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp Caraway seeds
- 2 tsp Grainy mustard
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- A large-sized onion cut in fours
- Carrots (2)
- Water as per need
- 2 tbs cornstarch
- Heat the oven first at 175 degrees centigrade for 15 to 20 mins.
- Flavor the pork using salt, black peppers, sweet paprika, and caraway seeds.
- Cover the flavored pork with mustard and let it sit for a while.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the pork on both sides until all the juices are released, and the meat turns golden brown (approximately 15 mins each side).
- Place the pork on a roasting tray.
- Add vegetables in the same pan and sauté them.
- Spread the vegetables around the pork.
- Clean the hot pan using one cup of water and pour the water over the pork.
- Bake the pork at 63 degrees centigrade for 2 to 3 hours.
- Remove any excess liquid and plate the dish.
Another thing that you can serve at your own Oktoberfest is potato dumplings. The ingredients you need to make them are:
- Medium-sized potatoes= 3 pounds
- All-purpose flour= 1 cup
- Lightly beaten eggs = 3 (large)
- Dried breadcrumbs= 2/3rd cup
- Salt= 1 tsp
- Ground nutmeg= ½ tsp
- Water = as needed
- Add potatoes to a pot and add water that covers the potatoes.
- Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.
- Cook uncovered for 15 to 20 mins until soft.
- Mash the potatoes as fine as possible.
- Add flour, eggs, nutmeg, and breadcrumbs in a pot for the flour. Add salt to season. Keep adding water until it reaches a dough-like consistency. Make flour balls (approx. 2 inches in size).
- Flatten the dough using a roller, add the potatoes and close them in any design you want.
- Put water in a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add dumplings one by one and cook for 7 to 10 mins.
German cheese noodles are a novelty and will adorn your tables if you choose to serve them; here is what you would need to make this dish from the heavens:
- Add butter to a pan and heat it. Add chopped onions to the pan and fry until the color changes slightly.
- Add salt and sugar to the onions and caramelize them nicely.
- Now, on the other hand, prepare your Spätzle or boil the store-bought ones.
- Take a casserole try. Butter it nicely.
- Add a layer of spätzle and top it with caramelized onions and cheese.
- Repeat the process until the dish is full.
- Bake it at 400-degree Fahrenheit for 10 mins.
So, this was most of what you need to serve at an in-home Oktoberfest celebration. Have as much fun as possible because we all need it in times like these. We hope the guide proved to be helpful. Now dust out your German lederhosen and get right to preparing for this event.