Recently, PartySugar tried to dispel the belief that Oktoberfest begins in October - it actually started last weekend! But if you haven't gotten in on the festivities just yet, don't worry; there's still time to celebrate, as the Autumn festival doesn't end until Oct. 4. Whether you're throwing the ultimate Oktoberfest party or simply looking for some hearty fare to go with your Märzen, look no further than these Bavarian favorites.
- Soft Pretzels - Bezeln, or pretzels, are a the ultimate comfort food snack. Make your own and serve them with different types of hot, sweet, and grainy mustards.
- Braised Red Cabage with Bacon - Rotkraut, a red cabbage dish, is classic festival fare at Munich's Oktoberfest.
- Chicken with Apples - Oktoberfest food can be hearty without being heavy. A chicken and apple sauté dispels the cliché that German cuisine is only beer, brats, and bacon.
- Ginger Chocolate Cookies - Your celebration will end on the sweetest note of all with this baked delight: It's gingersnap, chocolate chip cookie, and chewy molasses cookie rolled into one.
- Sauerkraut with Smoked Sausages - A casual, German-inspired dinner of sauerkraut, smoked sausage, and beer is the perfect way to welcome the Fall weather.
- German Potato Salad - Germans love their potatoes, so it's not surprising they have their own version of a potato salad, with a vinegar- and bacon-based sauce.
- Sauerbraten - The key to making a flavorful sauerbraten, or German pot roast dish, is to let it marinate for three days.
- Vegetarian Schnitzel - Be sure to include everyone - even the vegetarians! - in the celebration. Although schnitzel generally refers to breaded, boned veal, the same preparation can transform eggplant and portobello mushrooms, too.
- German Chocolate Cupcakes - Dessert's sure to be the star of any all-out German feast if you stun guests with coconut-pecan filled, chocolate ganache-covered cupcakes.
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