Oktoberfest Menu and Party Ideas

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Near the end of September, October is upon us, and that means it is Oktoberfest time! Did you know Oktoberfest in Munich draws millions of people each year to their celebration of the German culture and food? Since you may not be able to get to Munich this year, how about hosting your own Oktoberfest party complete with Oktoberfest menu full of German dishes to celebrate? And don’t forget a little Polka music for original flair, either!

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

1. Consider having your party outdoors if the weather is nice – set up a small pop-up tent with colorful banners or keep it simple with a colorfully decorated picnic table and chairs.

2. Use bright colors for decorating – blue and white (checkered, of course) for the State of Bavaria colors or go with the traditional black, red, and gold of the German flag. Keep things as simple as colorful napkins, table runners, and flowers, or go all out and add banners, balloons, and costumes!

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3. Enjoy a little Polka music, play kazoos, or round things out with some accordion tunes – sure to bring a smile to faces!

4. Lastly, serve up some traditional German food fare.

Oktoberfest Menu Ideas

For your Oktoberfest menu, consider these delectable recipes:

Soft Pretzels

Beer Cheese Soup

Slow Cooker Beer-Braised Smoked Sausages and Onions

German Style Potato Salad

Paprika Spiced Pork and Sauerkraut Stew

Easy Black Forest Cake

And here’s an easy meal for the party – just 4 simple ingredients!

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* 6 beef bratwursts
* 1 small onion, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup sweet and hot pepper strips
* 6 hot dog buns

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high OR heat oven up to 450 degrees F.

2.  Center each sausage on a sheet of Heavy Duty aluminum foil; top with 2 tablespoons of the onions and peppers.

3. Fold up the foil sides; double fold the top and ends to form a large foil packet (with room for heat to circulate inside).

4. Grill for 20 minutes in covered grill OR bake for 25-30 minutes on a cookie sheet in the oven.

5. Serve on buns (with some sauerkraut, if desired).

 

What are your favorite Oktoberfest or German dishes?  Any fond family heritage memories or ideas you would like to share?  Please leave us a comment below.

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Honey, Please (in honor of ‘National Honey Month’)

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Come September! It brings the simmering summer climate to an end with the promise of wonderfully pleasant days ahead. September is also ‘National Honey Month’. Here, at Dish Dish, we put together a list of delicious honey recipes to help you celebrate.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich
Honey Butter Grilled Chicken
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Barbecued Honey Steak

Or, how about Honey Fruit Salad:

● 2 to 3 ripe cantaloupe
● 2 to 3 ripe nectarines
● 2 chopped basil leaves
● 2 tablespoons of honey

Mix these easy ingredients together for a sweet September Treat.

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Gluten-Free Cookies

Today we are excited to introduce a dairy-free, gluten-free recipe from our friend, Leann Forst, over at Groovy Beets.  Her site is full of healthy eating ideas, natural remedies, and ideas for incorporating a healthy lifestyle for your family; learn how everyday foods may be contributing to your health problems.  It’s easy to sign up for her newsletter, too.  Thank you, Leann, for sharing with us!

Do you or someone you know suffer from dairy or gluten allergies?  Dairy and gluten cause health issues for many people.  If you are trying to cut out dairy and gluten, then here is a sweet treat you are going to love.

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies (Printable version)

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Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 10

This recipe is:

Gluten-Free
Vegetarian
Dairy-Free
Vegan

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup almonds
1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
Fruit-sweetened jam of your choice

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine oats and almonds in a blender or food processor and blend until they have the consistency of flour.
3. Add to a large bowl with spelt flour.
4. In a small bowl mix together the oil, maple and brown rice syrup.
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
6. Make 1-inch balls with your hands and press flat onto a cookie sheet.
7. Make an indentation with your thumb into the center of each cookie.
8. Fill each cookie with a teaspoon of jam.
9. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
10. Cool and enjoy!

Note:  Make these cookies without the jam and use as a pie crust, or bake and crumble as a topping for frozen desserts

 

Enjoy and visit www.groovybeets.com for simple ingredients to a healthier family including health tips, guides, recipes, educational videos and natural remedies.

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Leann Forst, MBA, CHHP, AADP
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
www.groovybeets.com

*Recipe adapted from Institute of Integrative Nutrition