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Oktoberfest Help

We do an Oktoberfest party every year too!
This recipe from Rachael Ray goes over very well. I usually double it.
And I cheat, because I'm making so many other things, so I buy the pre-shredded packaged potatoes in the refrigerator section.

GERMAN POTATO PIE

Ingredients:
1 cup sauerkraut, squeezed dry
2 baking potatoes (about 1 pound)—peeled, grated and squeezed dry
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
Salt and pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
One 9-inch frozen pie shell

Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, potatoes, bacon and caraway seeds; season with salt and pepper.

2.In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and cream. Stir into the potato mixture. Pour the mixture into the pie shell; transfer to a baking pan. Bake until the filling has set and is golden around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Aug 17, 2010
LilGirl in Home Cooking

Oktoberfest menu.

We do an Oktoberfest party every year too!
This recipe from Rachael Ray goes over very well. I usually double it.
And I cheat, because I'm making so many other things, that I buy the pre-shredded packaged potatoes in the refrigerator section.

GERMAN POTATO PIE

Ingredients:
1 cup sauerkraut, squeezed dry
2 baking potatoes (about 1 pound)—peeled, grated and squeezed dry
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
Salt and pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
One 9-inch frozen pie shell

Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, potatoes, bacon and caraway seeds; season with salt and pepper.

2.In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and cream. Stir into the potato mixture. Pour the mixture into the pie shell; transfer to a baking pan. Bake until the filling has set and is golden around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

ALSO:

Crockpot Sauerbraten

Traditional sauerbraten has the most wonderful sweet and sour flavor; and the meat is very tender from long, slow cooking. This easy and simple version cooks in your crockpot and takes about 20 minutes to put together.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours

Total Time: 9 hours, 20 minutes
Ingredients:

•2 lbs. top round beef steak, cut into 2" cubes
•2 onions, chopped
•1-1/2 cups beef broth
•1 cup apple cider vinegar
•2 bay leaves
•16-oz. pkg. baby carrots
•2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
•3/4 cup crushed gingersnaps (about 15 cookies)
•2 Tbsp. brown sugar
•1 cup sour cream
•2-3 Tbsp. flour

Preparation:
In 4 to 5-quart slow cooker, combine beef, onions, broth, vinegar, bay leaves, carrots, and potatoes. Mix well, then cover crockpot and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Then remove cover and turn heat to high. Remove bay leaves.
Add gingersnaps and brown sugar to the mixture. Stir well and taste for seasoning (you may want to add more gingersnaps or brown sugar for the perfect sweet/sour balance). Then stir together sour cream and flour and add that to the crockpot, stirring well to combine. Cover and cook for 30 minutes until thickened and heated. Serve with hot cooked egg noodles or spatzele. Serves 6-8

If you have a new hot cooking crockpot cook on low for 6-7 hours until the meat is tender.

Aug 17, 2010
LilGirl in Home Cooking

What to make/serve for Oktoberfest?

We do an Oktoberfest every year too!
This recipe from Rachael Ray goes over very well. I usually double it.
And I cheat, because I'm making so many other things, that I buy the pre-shredded packaged potatoes in the refrigerator section.

GERMAN POTATO PIE

Ingredients:
1 cup sauerkraut, squeezed dry
2 baking potatoes (about 1 pound)—peeled, grated and squeezed dry
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
Salt and pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
One 9-inch frozen pie shell

Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Directions:
1.Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the sauerkraut, potatoes, bacon and caraway seeds; season with salt and pepper.

2.In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and cream. Stir into the potato mixture. Pour the mixture into the pie shell; transfer to a baking pan. Bake until the filling has set and is golden around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

ALSO: Amazon.com has German/Polka music CD's some specifically for Oktoberfest.

Aug 17, 2010
LilGirl in General Topics

Apple-type Signature Drink or Punch!!

We will be tapping a keg of Oktoberfest beer, as well as having several different types of German & Belgian beers to offer our guests. I personally DO like beer, as do some, but not all of the other female guests. We will also have plenty of water and soda and various juices as mixers & for our guests that are children.

I don't particularly like any of the "puckers" as I feel that they are too sweet or tart.
I have been to Munich myself on more than one occasion, one being my honeymoon.

I will also have lemonade if anyone would like a Radler, Russ'n, or an Alsterwasser, but you can only have, or stand so much beer and lemonade

Even though this party/BBQ is is in my backyard, we will still be serving up a variety of wursts, spaetzle, German potato salad, landjaeger, etc........ but our guests do take into account that it isn't The Hofbräuhaus.

I did see, possibly on this website several drinks made with apple cider, so maybe I will use one of those.

Aug 17, 2010
LilGirl in Spirits

Apple-type Signature Drink or Punch!!

We're having an Oktoberfest party next month, and I would like to have an apple related signature drink or punch that I can make ahead. (Earlier the same day) (I would just make the base, and add the soda or mixer if any later on) We're having appr. 50 people, and would like to offer an alternative to beer and other cocktails.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Aug 16, 2010
LilGirl in Spirits