O’zapft is, friends! The mayor of Munich has tapped the first keg and Oktoberfest 2017 has officially began! We have twelve Oktoberfest food and beer pairings for you and proclaim the Craft Beering Oktoberfest Bash 2017 as officially open!
The dishes on our Oktoberfest table are as delicious as they are gorgeous and we are having a blast pairing them with beer. While super excited about drinking copious amounts of Märzen once again, we are not going to ignore a few other styles highly regarded during Oktoberfest. Expect a post discussing the beers of Oktoberfest next week, but today let’s dig in the food created by eleven of our food blogger friends, or as we lovingly refer to them – food bearing guests:).
Pair with: Weissbier, Dunkelweiss, Märzen, Pislner… pretty much all the German styles will shine next to these. And don’t forget the mustard!
Pair with: Schwarzbier (definitely!!), Märzen, Dunkel.
One of our favorite German eats ever is a crispy Traditional Pork Schnitzel, just like this mouthwatering foursome. Our friend Dawn at Girl Heart Food certainly knows how to use a mallet, even better – they are perfectly breaded!
Pair with: Pilsner, Helles, Märzen, Vienna lager, Dunkel.
On with the pork – these beautiful Porchetta Panini sandwiches are made by Loreto and Nicoletta from Sugar Love Spices. You have got to see the pork shoulder they prepared before it was sliced to assemble the panini (with crusty home baked bread).
Pair with: Märzen, Weissbier, Dunkelweiss, Dunkel.
Let’s shift the attention towards the hind legs of the pig now, or rather – the pork knuckles. As the Germans say – Schweinshaxe. We prepared this ultra popular dish of the Bavarian beer halls using a recipe Chris used to work with about ten years ago.
Pair with: Märzen, Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Altbier, Dunkelweiss.
Switching gears to beef now with the Oktoberfest food and beer pairings. You have got to admire these succulent German Beef Rouladen, complete with a pickle! Apparently they are not difficult to make, our friend Jeniffer from Seasons and Suppers shows exactly how. Everything she makes looks this good. Promise.
Pair with: Definitely Märzen and Vienna lager.
Pair with: Märzen, Vienna lager, Dunkel and definitely Weissbier or Dunkelweiss.
Moving on to lighter fare (what, during Oktoberfest we always eat the very filling foods first and switch to lighter choices and dessert later:). This gorgeous Roast Beef with Beet Puree and Purple Cauliflower is prepared by our Belgian friend Sandra who blogs at Leeks and High Heels. She has expertly paired it with a Belgian pale ale (we agree) and also suggest that you consider to
Pair with: Weissbier, Pilsner, Dunkel.
Pair with: Märzen, Dunkelweiss.
Everyone is familiar with apples and cinnamon stuffed strudels. How about this Cheese and Cherry Strudel made by Goergie from the Homecook’s Kitchen? Such a fun twist on the classic flavor profile. It just so happens that it is perfect to
Pair with: Märzen!!
Now that we have transitioned to the land of sweets, how about these German Chocolate Cake Cookies? Kelly from Kelly Lynns’s Sweets and Treats has figured out a way to deliver the exact flavor profile of German choc cake, with way less work. Ahem, cookies:)
Pair with: Altbier, Dunkel, Dunkelweiss, Vienna lager, Märzen.
Now the grand finale:) This is what we call a cake like this one made by Kelsie from Itsy Bitsy Kitchen. A classic Bienenstitch, Bee Sting Cake with light pastry cream and drizzled with honey. The more beer you drink, the more of this cake you will crave.
Pair with: Altbier, Märzen, Dunkel, Dunkelweiss.
Enjoy the food our friends, take pleasure in the beer and honor Oktoberfest, the largest (and merriest) beer festival in the world!
We hope you try at least one of the Oktoberfest food and beer pairings above (better three or more:) and we will continue with the Craft Beering Oktoberfest Bash 2017 next week! So much more to share and get excited about!