Updated: Oct 12, 2022
It’s that time of the year again! An integral part of Bavarian culture dating back to the 1800s, Oktoberfest has since travelled the world, being celebrated across the world with much fanfare and jubilation. While the very word calls to mind a seemingly endless supply of craft beers, music and games, no Oktoberfest would be complete without a selection of meaty offerings that go hand-in-hand with the drink and festivities. From roast chicken to sauerkraut and sausages, here’s a list of must-haves for your Oktoberfest festivities!
A classic Bavarian offering, Schweinebraten is a roast pork creation that can be made with virtually any cut of pork- from pork shoulder to pork loins! A traditional preparation would involve roasting the meat with dark beer and onions, the perfect accompaniment to an Oktoberfest feast!
Traditionally, Oktoberfest celebrations would see whole chickens spit-roasted for a golden-brown, crispy dinnertime delight. While most of us cannot boast an outdoor spit with which to prepare a truly traditional feast, a simple rotisserie set up achieves much the same effect.
What is beer without pretzels? No Oktoberfest festivities would be complete without Brezen, authentic German pretzels that are known for their size, and soft texture. Fluffy, appetising and wholesome, Brezen makes for the perfect accompaniment to an evening of beer tasting.
A traditional and much-beloved accompaniment to beer, Schweinshaxe, or roasted ham hock (pig knuckles) are delightfully crispy on the exterior, with tender, juicy meat hidden just within. with tender meat. Delicious and remarkably easy to prepare, surprise your guests with this authentic offering that will leave them scrambling for more!
A classic Bavarian sausage, a Würstl is a thin parboiled beef or pork sausage also known as a Vienna sausage. An Oktoberfest favourite, toss a few into a skillet along with some apples, mustard and sauerkraut for a traditional Bavarian treat!
A wholesome, delectably spiced cheesy spread, Obatzda is aged soft cheese, not unlike Camembert. Made with butter, beer, and a number of spices including paprika, pepper and garlic, this cheesy spread is a crowd-pleaser fit for royalty.
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