Oktoberfest is closing in, and the excitement in the air is building up!
Oktoberfest is the time of year to celebrate everything related to beer, bratwurst, and Bavarian cuisine. If we are to look back at the origin of this celebration, Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, is held annually in Munich, Germany, lasting 16-18 days. Its rich history dates back to 1810 when it honored Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.
Bavarian cuisine is extravagant and quite exquisite, with a variety of flavors present in every dish served. There are many options for you to choose from if you’re planning on hosting an event or even a small community or family gathering. If you’re confused about which German delicacies you should offer, consider hiring a professional catering service.
With the leaves turning color and the air becoming crispier and cooler, it is definitely time to celebrate. Create an Oktobertastic menu with the help of a catering company and make this celebration one you and your guests will remember
Cooked Goose Catering’s special Oktoberfest catering menu lets you pick two entrees, three sides, and desserts for $2.50/pp.The menu starts at $19.95/pp, serves 30 people approximately, and includes rolls, butter, and condiments.
Here are some top picks from our Oktoberfest menu.
1. Bratwurst Served with Sauerkraut
If you are not too familiar with bratwurst, it is a delicious mixture of a variety of finely minced meats, such as pork, beef, and sometimes even veal. This thinly minced mixture is seasoned with spices such as white pepper, nutmeg, etc.
The mixture is then molded into the shape of sausages, boiled, and grilled to perfection on a skillet, whereas sauerkraut is a sweet and fermented cabbage dish—the perfect mixture of sweet and sour. It is a German staple prepared by combining salt and shredded cabbage in a container.
The bright flavor of the sauerkraut and its crunchiness contrast delightfully with the savory richness of the sausage. Warm, meaty sausage and tangy, fermented cabbage go together like food made in paradise. The ideal dish for your Oktoberfest menu!
2. Weinershnitzel Paired with Potato Salad
Wienerschnitzel is a traditional Austrian dish that has gained popularity for how perfectly it pairs with beer, particularly in areas where German is spoken. It consists of a breaded and fried veal or pork cutlet that is typically served with potato salad, lingonberry sauce, and a slice of lemon.
Imagine biting into a golden-brown, crispy cutlet that crackles with each bite and yet is warm and soft on the inside. The breading creates a great texture contrast by adding a pleasant crunch, sealing in the natural flavors.
The creamy potato salad is the ideal side dish to balance the richness of the schnitzel. A surge of sweet and tart flavors dances on your palate when you dip that first forkful into the decadent lingonberry sauce, adding another level of depth to this already remarkable dish.
3. Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut and kielbasa, or Polish sausage, create an excellent meal because of their complementary flavors. Kielbasa is frequently produced from a combination of beef and pork and is beautifully smoked. The traditional pairing of kielbasa and sauerkraut is a prime option for your Oktoberfest menu.
A delightful contrast is also created between the luscious and meaty sausage and the soft and slightly crunchy sauerkraut. Think about serving kielbasa with sauerkraut with a traditional side like creamy mashed potatoes to really enhance the experience.
The rich, creamy mashed potatoes add a comforting element to the meal as well as enhance the flavors of the kielbasa and sauerkraut. These meals complement one another to create a balance of flavors that will excite your palate and leave you wanting more.
4. Potato & Cheese Pierogies
Delicious Eastern-European comfort food! The dough used to make these dumplings is soft and tender, and the filling is a delicious concoction of mashed potatoes and creamy cheese. The contrast of the potato and cheese pierogies’ soft surface and rich, savory center is exquisite and only gets better when they are cooked.
They are often cooked in butter until brown and slightly crisp after being boiled until they float to the top. The end product is a delightful blend of textures, with the filling bursting with creamy goodness and the dough offering a delicate bite. Serve potato and cheese pierogies with a side of caramelized onions to truly get that burst of flavor.
The sweetness and rich flavor of caramelized onions pack a punch against the textures and flavors of the pierogies. The natural sweetness of the onions combined with the salty cheese-and-potato combination creates a flavor that is both well-balanced and long-lasting.
Savory delicacies that will go perfectly with every beer variety this Oktoberfest!
Try out these absolutely mouth-watering Oktoberfest menu ideas for your gathering. You could always count on a catering service to assist you in offering your guests high-quality delicacies. Why not top up your menu by adding a few sweet treats, such as apple crisp, strudel, brownies, or even cookies, to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth?