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How to Make Oktoberfest Recipes

Make these delicious classic recipes to celebrate Oktoberfest.


  • Step 1: Fry or grill up a few _weisswurst_, a Bavarian specialty. Be sure to poke holes in the sausage before frying them to prevent bursting.
  • Step 2: Serve you sausage and side dishes, and your guests will be asking you to host Oktoberfest again next year!
  • FACT: In 2007, over 1.8 million gallons of beer were sold at the Oktoberfest in Germany.
  • Step 3: Make cucumber salad with mustard dressing. Whisk the mustard, yogurt, half-and-half, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 cup fresh dill in a large bowl until smooth. Toss in 1 1/4 pounds Kirby cucumbers that are peeled and thinly sliced. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Goes great as a side dish with sausages and potato salad.
  • Step 4: Add the apple-cider vinegar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, uncovered, until the liquid is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
  • Step 5: Make sauerkraut with apples. Add the sauerkraut, two peeled and chopped granny smith apples, chicken broth, white wine, 3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Simmer for one hour, covered, stirring occasionally.
  • TIP: This recipe can be prepared one day in advance, refrigerated, and reheated.
  • Step 6: Make braised cabbage with apples. Saute one smashed garlic clove in butter in a medium skillet. Add one cored gala apple that is cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 2 pounds red cabbage that is cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, apple cider, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 15 to 18 minutes, covered, until the cabbage is tender.
  • Step 7: Make white radish salad. Whisk the vegetable oil, white wine vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Toss in one white radish that is peeled and sliced into thin disks. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chives. It's a Bavarian classic.

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