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Oktoberfest Abroad And At Home

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By Andrea Lynn
Oktoberfest Abroad And At Home

Every year, more than 5 million visitors flock to Munich, Germany, to get in on the Oktoberfest action. Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 to celebrate the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese with a week-long affair. Later, the festivities were moved to September to accommodate better weather conditions for outdoor beer sipping, and weeks were tacked on to prolong the German holiday.

 

 

But there's no need to travel to Europe to join the Oktoberfest beer-drinking, bratwurst-eating fun. Using the festival as an excuse to throw an Oktoberfest extravaganza at home, gather family and friends, whip up these German-inspired dishes from the Spice Islands® recipe section, and pair with designated beer picks to kick off the party.

To start the celebration, opt for homemade potato chips courtesy of a little outdoor cooking, like these Grilled Potato Chips with Onion Dip. A sharp, refreshing German pilsner goes well with this salty snack. The creamy yogurt dip heightened with onion and garlic powder cuts through the hoppiness of the beer. Our Sweet and Tangy Cocktail Sausages should be devoured with a fullbodied, extremely malty Oktoberfest, which heightens the sweetness in the sausage's sauce. And for the Quick Beer Bread recipe, drink up with whatever beer is chosen as a bread ingredient. One good pick is a bock, which is a strong, robust lager. 

 

  

 

Onto the entrées, with many pork products to choose from for an authentic Oktoberfest. A tart, light-bodied Berliner Weissbier complements the sausage in our Sausage Stuffed Bread. For Maple Pecan Pork Chops, opt for a malty amber ale to highlight the sugary notes of the dish. Even better, search for a beer with a hint of ginger to bring out the spice in the recipe, like Palmetto's Ginger Slap, an amber ale brewed with ginger and cardamom. Brats are the perfect beer food, matching well with a wide variety of styles, from a Marzen/Oktoberfest to a lager to an IPA. Go double-duty, braising the brats in the beer you chose to drink it with.

For the dessert finish, bake up a batch of Grandma's Ginger Cookies. Contrast the molasses flavor with a dark, creamy stout or porter; or, bring out the cinnamon in the cookies with a beer like Blue Moon's Cinnamon Horchata Ale. Utilize a hefty supply of fall apples into our Apple Crisp. Pair with a sweet and spicy Belgian Tripel, or match the apple spirit with a Lindemans Pomme Lambic. 

Whichever recipe and beer combo you choose, use Oktoberfest as an excuse to usher a little German spirit into your life.

Andrea Lynn (andrealynnfoodwriter.com) is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/ cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport available on Amazon.com. 

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

 

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