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Celebrating Oktoberfest at home has never been easier with these tried and true recipes. These German Food Ideas cover all the things you need to celebrate the Bavarian Festival at home. (Pretzels, Sauerbraten, Schnitzel, Brats and Apple Tart— It’s all here)
Whether you want a authentic Oktoberfest Menu that you take the extra time to make like a traditional Sauerbraten or you want a simpler dinner made in one pan. These recipes will hook you up!
There are appetizers with Pretzels–– an easy 5-minute pretzel bite (with yeast too) and a fun day of making the large soft homemade German pretzel recipes. You can make Bavarian Dips to go with them!
We have the best soups from beer brat soup to Beer Cheese Soup— Meals you can easily make on a budget and not spend hours in the kitchen.
Making a full meal of grilled brats, sausage and kraut or your favorite schnitzel (pork or chicken) we have you covered along with all the side dishes that are authentic Bavarian food. Food like Spaetzel and German Red Cabbage.
Appetizers & Starters
Everything you need to get your Oktoberfest Party started off on the right foot! Whether you start with a finger food like Soft Pretzels and a Beer Cheese Dip or make a hearty Beer Cheese Soup we have you covered with all sorts of traditional German Food Ideas!
Soft pretzel bites have the chewy fluffy inside you love in a soft pretzel! Make them for Octoberfest parties or just as a snack! Made in the air fryer so you can have them super fast! (oven alternative too!) Serve them with the beer cheese dip that follows!
Beer Cheese dip is great for pretzels, dipping bread into or slathered over a hot sandwich. Easy to make fast with pantry ingredients that is perfect for parties for a crowd or an easy cocktail appetizer!
Served Fresh and warm from the oven with a soft flavorful inside and a slightly crisp bite, these Homemade German Pretzels are perfect for when you want something a little more than just chips and dip!
Smothered on crusty bread, Kartoffelkäse (German Potato Cheese Spread) is like putting mashed potatoes in the limelight it deserves. Funnily enough, this 4 ingredient recipe actually contains no cheese at all. (Serve it on the beer bread below or with the soft pretzels above!
Savory bratwurst, simmered in dark German lager, wrapped in puff pastry, and served with a rich and smooth Smoked Gouda Fondue. This phenomenal combination of flavors and a completely new take on “Pigs in Blankets” will make any party, any occasion, absolutely perfect.
Simple Bavarian Meals
When you want an Oktoberfest themed menu but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, these recipes like beer brat soup (add a little sauerkraut for true German Food) to Oktoberfest Chili (kraut in your chili? Yes Please! We've even got an easy way to stuff your brats and grill them too!
No need to spend hours cooking, --- but still great delicious easy to make Oktoberfest Food Ideas!
This Beer Cheese Soup recipe hits that sweet spot with a creamy, sharp flavor from the cheddar and a deep, earthy flavor from the beer. It's the perfect dish to celebrate the beer holiday, Oktoberfest! (I made this over the weekend and used my favorite german lager and it was AMAZING! )
Sometimes there's just nothing like a big sloppy sandwich, with big German flavors, like this Bratwurst Grilled Cheese Sandwich on a pretzel roll. Fall comfort food that is perfect for your party food!
These German inspired Cabbage Rolls are filled with ground pork and sauerkraut, then simmered in a garlic onion broth for an amazingly flavorful recipe!
Dinner Ideas you'll want to sit down and enjoy with your Guests
The king of Oktoberfest Meals is Sauerbraten and we have you covered with a slow cooker version. It may take a while to marinate, but not much work involved once you make it. Other stick to your ribs comfort food like sausages and dumplings, and potatoes and brats.
With one-pan meals and skillet meals you'll find easy clean-up recipes too!
This Sauerbraten recipe (traditional German pot roast) is made in the slow cooker it's tender it just falls apart. Marinated in vinegar, wine and simple spices it's perfect for your own authentic Oktoberfest party!
Air fryer pork schnitzel is crazy delicious! It can be our secret that it's a healthy alternative to deep-frying. This juicy tender boneless pork chop is coated in a crispy panko crust accented with bavarian seasonings that will become a entertaining favorite for a casual dinner!
This dish is so German and so tasty. Sauerkraut and sausage are all that we really need to say, but then add in knoephla dumplings, cream, and butter. Heaven in a skillet. So much flavor going on in this dish.
Authentic German red cabbage is a sweet and sour recipe that is often served as a side dish during Oktoberfest. It's easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and is a different side dish for pork chops, chicken sauerbraten or any of your favorite meat dishes!
German Fried Potatoes & Onions or Bratkartofflen is the ultimate comfort food. It’s also the perfect side dish for German entrées such as schnitzel and bratwurst.
Sweets to cap off your German Oktoberfest at Home
No party is complete without a sweet at the end! Or just have a dessert buffet and eat only dessert! From German Plum Cake to delicious Apple tart these are make-ahead ideas your guests (and you ) will enjoy!
There is something about the carts they have at Oktoberfest Celebrations watching them hand dip your caramel apple. These sweet treats give you plenty of options to make ahead for a fun party closer!
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