It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Beer, Brats, and Ooompah Bands…It must be Oktoberfest!

oktoberfest celebration

It’s that glorious time of year again; the days are crisp, the colors are bright, and it’s time to enjoy some great food and fun music at Oktoberfest.  Munich’s Oktoberfest takes place between September 16th and October 3rd, so that makes it the perfect time to start thinking of how you might have your own Oktoberfest celebration! Last year our family joined some friends out in Mt. Angel for their annual city-wide Oktoberfest and we can’t wait for the festivities to come again! If youOktoberfest decorations have never celebrated Oktoberfest, you can expect lots of traditional German foods and drinks (brats and beer being the most time-honored traditions). You will also be treated to bands playing polkas and the good old chicken dance, weiner dog races, and lots of folks dressed up in their finest lederhosen. It is a super treat that we look forward to every year.

Last year we branched out a little when choosing our dinner.  At the recommendation of our friends, we tried the pelmeni. Wow! These were amazing. Although technically they are a Russian food, they are a tradition at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. What are pelmeni? They are a type of meat ravioli that are cooked in butter and served with sour cream and vinegar. Although they sound a little different, trust me, they were great, especially when accompanied by some Oktoberfest beers.  If you are curious, and would like to try making these at home, here is a recipe we found at cookeatshare.com.

Pelmeni Recipe:

1 1/2 cups flourRussian pelmeni
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
garlic to taste

Directions

  1. To make the dough, combine the flour, eggs, water and 1/2 tsp. salt. Knead mixture. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the ground beef, ground pork, onions, 1 tsp. salt, pepper and garlic together.
  3. Cut the dough into three equally sized pieces and roll each one into a cylinder the diameter of a finger. Cut each cylinder into pieces the size of a walnut, then roll each piece into a very thin flat cake with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  4. Put some of the ground meat mixture in the center of each flat cake (quite a lot, but not so much that you can’t then seal up the dough). Then fold the dough in half and join up the edges to seal them. Pinch the corners together: you should now have a ravioli-shaped “flying saucer.”
  5. Boil the pelmeni in salted water for seven minutes, or until they float to the surface.
  6. Serve in soup bowls. I like to offer three dipping sauces: sour cream, creamy horseradish, and white wine vinegar. YUMMMMM!

oktoberfest partyThere are bound to be lots of Oktoberfest celebrations going on, but if you can’t find something nearby you can always host your own party! Take a look at our complete Oktoberfest Party Ideas page for lots of suggestions for food, drinks, decorations, and activities.  Have fun!




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