Monday, October 11, 2010

Game Day Oktoberfest Menu

I had a great weekend. Two days of football in person, complimented by perfect weather and victories for both of my teams. Woo-hoo!

Saturday's lunch featured bratwurst at the Big House. I know, it's not the most girly frou-frou party dish, but it's exactly the meat I want in this gameday-friendly menu. Simmer in beer, butter, and onions, then finish on the grill. Serve with sauerkraut and mustard, and you've got an easy fall foodie party entrée that even the football people can love. Click the links for recipes and suggestions.

Game Day Oktoberfest
Beer-Bath Brats with a Grill Finish
accompanied by Sautéed Onions, Sauerkraut and Mustard
Vegetarian Baked Beans or No-Pork and Beans
Pretzel Rolls or Hoagie Buns
Homemade or Deli Potato Salad
Fresh Veggies and Dip
Rote Grütze or Black Forest Sundaes


1) If pressed for time, pick one thing to make it from scratch and purchase the rest. If you're not sure what to choose, may I suggest the pretzel rolls? We sliced some of the bratwurst and stuffed it inside the roll with condiments to taste. Lesson learned: make extra rolls.
2) Allow 1-2 bratwurst per person. Consider buying some Koegel Viennas and hot dog buns as a backup plan. 
3) Black Forest Sundaes: for a fun and easy dessert with German flavors, buy a pack of Swiss Rolls, a can of cherry pie filling, and the ice cream flavor(s) of your choice. 

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