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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
Dark Rye Bread Recipe Photo
100% Whole Grain Rye Bread

Sample Menus

Traditional Dinner Menu

Bavarian Sauerbraten


Braised Red Cabbage

Dark Rye Bread

Apple Cake
Cream Cheese Frosting

Casual Dinner Menu

Brat and Sauerkraut

German Potato Salad

Pickled Beets
Red Beet Eggs

Easy Cherry-Chocolate
Cream Torte

Alternate Recipes
Main Dishes
Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Bavarian Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

Beef Stew with Beer

Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

Fried Pork Sandwiches with Dill Pickles

Limburger Cheese Sandwiches

Pork Spareribs with Apples and Squash

Pork Loin with Wild Rice and Apple Stuffing

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Cabbage with Sausage, Bacon and Potatoes (Jager Kohl)

Student's Ragu

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Chicken Pot Pie (Bott Boi)
Chicken and Dumplings

Mammy's Fried Chicken

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Baked Bratwurst and Vegetables

Cabbage, Smoked Sausage and Potato Stew

Sauerkraut with Bratwurst and Apples

Stewed Sauerkraut with Pork and Sweet Potatoes

Choucroute Garni (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 Best Bean and Ham Soup

Beef and Noodle Casserole
Side Dishes
Pickled Beets

Buttered Beets

Buttered Egg Noodles

Browned Butter Noodles with Onions and Breadcrumbs

Spaetzle with Browned Butter (German Noodles)

Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Winter Squash

Braised Red Cabbage

German Potato Salad

Pepper Cabbage
Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Grandma Brown's Hot Cabbage Slaw

Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Pickled Cucumber Salad

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Bacon Dumplings

Mashed Potatoes With Bacon

Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Raw-Fried Potatoes
Potato and Bread Filling

Corn Fritters

Corn Pie

Mammy's Onion Pie

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Onions

Cooked Turnips

100% Whole Grain Rye Bread

Apple Butter
Desserts and Sweet Treats
Nana Ranck's Molasses Cake

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

Fastnachts (Crullers)

Fastnachts (Yeast Doughnuts)

Barry's Apple Cider Doughnuts (Crullers)

Funnel Cakes
Linzer Cookies

Crescent Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Apies Cookies (Butter Cookies)

Glazed Fresh Apple Cookies

Milk Flabby Pie

Cottage Cheese Pie

Lemon Sponge Pudding

Apple Dumplings

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping

Mom's Apple Crisp

Mammy's Apple Crisp

Cabbage with Sausage, Bacon and Potatoes (Jager Kohl)

Jager Kohl Recipe Photo

Egg Noodles

Buttered Egg Noodles Recipe Photo

Hot Bacon Dressing
for Salads

Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe Photo

Nana Ranck's
Molasses Cake

Molasses Cake Recipe Photo