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Top 11 Best Oktoberfest Recipes To Try At Home

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What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest 2019 than in the kitchen? We’ve scouted out the best 11 recipes so you can fill your home with festive, autumnal goodness. 

For those who don’t know, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest travelling funfair and beer festival. Hailing from Germany originally, it is now celebrated by more than six million people across the world. Traditionally celebrated from mid-September to early October, Oktoberfest is all about the three Bs – beer, bratwurst and Bavarian culture – but has also come to honour autumn, the harvest and agricultural life.

If you can’t afford a flight to Munich to experience it first-hand, don’t fret – with these 11 recipes you can bring the spirit of Oktoberfest home. So, round up your friends and family, get a keg (or two!) in, and get ready to feast – German style!

Cooking essentials

Firstly, before we get into the recipes, you need to stock up on kitchen essentials that will make cooking a feast of this size a doddle. Because you’ll be preparing lots of stews and casseroles, invest in a good quality, cast iron pot or a slow cooker – both will last you a lifetime and are life savers on cold, wintery days when you’re too lazy to cook.

Traditional German food tends to be very meat heavy. As such, a quality skillet is key for frying up bacon, cured ham and slabs of pork, chicken or beef.

When it comes to serving your Oktoberfest feast, you’ll need plenty of large serving platters, especially if you're hosting a festive themed dinner party.


Obatzda (German Beer Cheese Spread)

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Strong, tangy and oh so delicious, this beer cheese spread offers a taste of Oktoberfest throughout the year.

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Soft Giant Pretzels

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Soft and chewy, lightly salted and delicious with mustard or the previous beer cheese spread, these pretzels make a great on-the-go snack.

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Sautéed German Bratwurst with Bacon and Apple Sauerkraut

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What’s more appropriate for a German feast than a Bratwurst recipe? A Bratwurst recipe that includes another German classic: sauerkraut, finely cut raw cabbage that has been fermented.

Find the recipe here.

Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes)

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Crispy and super delicious, Kartoffelpuffer are not only popular in German home cooking, but also as street food. They’re commonly found at Oktoberfest celebrations.

Find the recipe here.

Pork Schnitzel

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Traditionally, German schnitzel – pounded meat fried in breadcrumbs – uses pork (as this recipe does here), but if you prefer you can easily swap it out for chicken, turkey or beef.

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Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad)

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Thanks to the vinegar in this recipe (traditional Kartoffelsalat has a vinegar dressing), it’s a great, punchy side dish that balances out meat dishes.

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Speckbohnen (German green beans)

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German cooking isn’t known for including a lot of veg. Often, though, when greens appear, they are usually served with meat such as bacon or cured ham.

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Bratwurst Supper

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Loaded with chunks of Bratwurst, potatoes, mushrooms and carrots, this recipe makes a hearty and delicious meal.

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German Apple Strudel

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Buttery, flaky pastry and juicy apples come together to make this classic favourite.

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Lebkuchen

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Lebkuchen are traditional German Christmas biscuits like gingerbread.

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Versunkener Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)

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This Versunkener Apfelkuchen recipe was apparently passed down through three generations from a German grandmother, so it must be delicious.

Find the recipe here.