Saturday, October 2, 2010

Oktoberfest & Fall Recipe Roundup

I have been MIA from uploading and sharing recipes for over a week and I'm still trying to recover from working full-time, selling football tickets on Friday nights for the school district where I work.  Last weekend I attended a lovely food festival all day Saturday and Sunday and then I attended the Relish Magazine Cooking Show & Expo the following Thursday night.  Chef Jon Ashton was featured, and I had a wonderful time and am working on editing photos from that fun event.

Debby and Chef Jon Ashton.

Today, I'm taking a much needed break from editing photos and recipes to recharge my batteries and to spend time with my family.  Today I'd like to share with you my own favorite recipes from last year.  I am already planning my annual Oktoberfest with my family and close friends.  I've been seeing lots of Oktoberfest recipes in food magazines.  Sometimes I cringe, because I lived in Bavaria as a kid-- and my mother owned a German Delicatessen.  I know what's authentic, so some recipes I have seen simply aren't what you'll really find in Bavaria. I invite you to take a look at my own recipes, as taught to me by my mom when I was very young. 
 I called this Austrian Goulash, (but it's also a Bavarian Goulash) because I j don't want readers to confuse the word "goulash" as being a stew with vegetables and meat.  Austrian food is very similar to Bavarian food, because they share borders. This recipe was taught to me by my Bavarian "Mutti", who learned it from her Mutti, who learned it from... well, this tureen dish dates back to my Great-Grandmother from Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria.  It's a simple stew, made with beef, a tomato broth and has the perfect balance of hot and sweet paprika.  The only vegetable in this dish are lots of thinly sliced onion, and a small handful of caraway seeds.

My favorite way to enjoy this goulash is with Bavarian Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings) and I show you how to make it here.

I also make homemade Spaetzle, which is very easy to do. 

After years of trying, I finally mastered my mother's German Potato Salad.  My family devours it everytime I make it.

I love Bavarian Red Cabbage, and I have created a recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

 Of course, I always buy quality brand Wiener Wurstl (Veal sausages), because Oktoberfest wouldn't be authentic without out it.  What about "bratwurst"?  Of course, I serve those, too! There is plenty of German beer to complete the array of my heirloom German recipes.

Dessert can only be one thing, in our family...

Can you say "Zwetschgendatschi"?  This is an authentic Bavarian Plum Cake, made with a buttery dough, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.  These plums are just ending their season, so I'm off to buy more for our party. This is the one recipe I haven't written down, because it's in my head and I don't measure. I'll work on that to share with you as soon as I figure out measurements.

Just click on the name of a recipe, if one grabs your attention, and you will be transported to the posting that shows you how to make these.  You'll find a printable recipe card at the bottom. I hope to find some time to catch up on visiting my food blogger peeps to see what you've been cooking and baking.  Next weekend, Craig and I are off to Palm Springs for a much needed vacation with two of my best friends.  Yes!!!!

I'm off to shop for the party this weekend.

Happy October!

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Joanne said...

I've never had an Oktoberfest feast before but man does all this look delicious! Especially taht plum cake. I would try to rewrite it's real name...but...that might take a while.

Sounds like you've been super busy lately chica! Hope you enjoy this night with your family!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Just looking at that Bavarian feast makes my mouth water - how delicious!

Cathy said...

Goulash, red cabbage and plum tart are my idea of a perfect meal. Your mother's recipes are very similar to my mom's. I love all the paprika and caraway seasoning in the goulash. Sometimes I add a little carrot, but usually just onions.

Have a wonderful, restful, happy weekend, Debby.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful German food. I like that the dishes very authentic and not "americanized"!
I cater my friends Oktoberfest every year. They have to have Sauerkraut with the Bratwurst. I haven't had Semmelknoedel in forever. Thanks for the great post.

bellini valli said...

I grew up in the Kitchener/Waterloo area where Oktoberfest was almost a national holiday. These recipes bring back memories.

Kim said...

Sounds like you have been very busy, but all in good & fun ways! The Austrian Goulash looks amazing to me and I would love that served with homemade spaetzle.

Have a wonderful time with your husband and friends in Palm Springs.

Kate said...

Thank you for the round-up of Oktoberfest recipes. Your cabbage recipe is similar to mine...difference in sugar. I will be giving your recipe a try. We leave next week for Germany!! I am excited.

Belle on Heels said...

thanks for sharing! i studied german for 7 years and loved the food in bavaria when i visited.

Muneeba said...

who knew oktoberfest could look so gourmet?? it's an amazing spread, Debby! I've got a particular eye on that spaetzle!

Emily Z said...

Every single thing looks mouth watering! The goulash captured my interest, I have a goulash recipe I make with ground beef but I would like to try others as well.

Cheryl said...

Happy October to you, I am hungry just looking at all that yummy food!

Monica H said...

Thanks for the compilation of authentic recipes. They all look so delicious.

Have a great week Debby!