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Oktoberfest Recipes and Menus

Oktoberfest (sometimes spelled 'Octoberfest' in English-speaking countries) originated in 1810 in Munich, Germany, as part of a royal wedding celebration. It became so popular that it is now celebrated in many areas throughout the world, especially those with a substantial population of German decent. In modern-day Munich, the festival, which includes music, dancing, lots of beer and great food, starts in late September and lasts about sixteen days into early October. In this country, it is celebrated most often throughout the month of October.

I have chosen recipes that are as authentically German as possible. Some are Pennsylvania Dutch, based on my family's German heritage, which were altered as needed to incorporate foods available to early immigrants in this country. I posted two of my favorite German menus, one a traditional dinner with Sauerbraten as the entrée, the other a casual menu featuring brat and sauerkraut sandwiches. In addition to the menus, I posted main dishes, side dishes and desserts that provide alternate choices for a variety of events throughout the month. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can visit my Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes page for more German-inspired recipes. Additionally, you can use the search box above or browse the Recipes Files for other dishes to round out the meal. With so many choices, you can celebrate Oktoberfest and feast all month long.


Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts and Sweet Treats
Sample Menus

Traditional Dinner Menu

Casual Dinner Menu
Sausage and Potato Casserole Recipe Photo

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Sample Menus

Traditional Dinner Menu

(German Beef Pot Roast)

(German Dumplings)

Braised Red Cabbage

Apple Dumplings

Casual Dinner Menu

Sausage and Potato

Pan-Fried Corn Fritters

Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Easy Cherry-Chocolate
Cream Torte

Alternate Recipes
Main Dishes
Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

Beef Stew with Beer

Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

Fried Pork Sandwiches with Dill Pickles

Limburger Cheese Sandwiches

Baked Spareribs with Apples and Squash

Roasted Boneless Pork Loin Stuffed with Wild Rice and Apples

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Jager Kohl (German Hunter's Cabbage)

Braised Beef Steak with Vegetables (Student's Ragu)

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Bott Boi)

Chicken and Dumplings
Mammy's Pan-Fried Chicken

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Sausage and Potato Casserole

Baked Bratwurst and Vegetables

Cabbage, Smoked Sausage and Potato Stew

Sauerkraut with Bratwurst and Apples

Pork and Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Choucroute Garnie (Sauerkraut Casserole with Pork, Sausage and Potatoes)

Braised Cabbage and Onions with Pork Country-Style Ribs

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Pappy's Potato Soup

Mom's White Bean and Ham Soup

Beef and Noodle Casserole
Side Dishes
Pickled Beets

Buttered Beets

Buttered Egg Noodles

Browned Butter Egg Noodles with Onions and Breadcrumbs

Spaetzle with Browned Butter (German Dumplings)

Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Winter Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Braised Red Cabbage

German Potato Salad

Pepper Cabbage Salad
Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Grandma Brown's Hot Cabbage Slaw

Hot Bacon Dressing for Salad

Pickled Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Potato and Bread Filling (Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffing)

Mashed Potatoes With Bacon

Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Raw Fried Potatoes
Bacon Dumplings

Pan-Fried Corn Fritters

Corn Pie

Mammy's Onion Pie

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Braised Sauerkraut with Apples and Onions

Cooked Turnips with Pork

100% Whole Grain Rye Bread

Homemade Apple Butter
Desserts and Sweet Treats
Nana Ranck's Molasses Cake (Dry Bottom Shoofly Pie)

Apies Cake

Mrs. Rickert's Crumb Cake

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Cherry-Chocolate Cream Torte

Shoofly Cake

Marlene's Linzer Torte

Sandy's Fastnacht Potato Cakes (or Doughnuts)

Fastnachts (Pennsylvania Dutch/German Crullers)

Fastnachts (Pennsylvania Dutch/German Yeast Doughnuts)

Barry's Apple Cider Doughnuts (Crullers)
Funnel Cakes

Linzer Cookies

Crescent Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Apies Cookies (Butter Cookies)

Glazed Apple Cookies

Milk Flabby (Custard Pie)

Cottage Cheese Pie

Lemon Sponge Pudding

Apple Dumplings

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping

Mom's Apple Crisp

Mammy's Apple Crisp

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Cabbage and Rice Soup Recipe Photo

100% Whole Grain Rye Bread

Dark Rye Bread Recipe Photo

Hot Bacon Dressing
for Salad

Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe Photo

Nana Ranck's Molasses Cake (Dry Bottom Shoofly Pie)

Molasses Cake Recipe Photo