I was asked last week what type of food gets traditionally eaten at Oktoberfest in Germany. Of course I am way late again with my post, because Oktoberfest is held in September and usually ends the first Sunday in October, but in the US I’ve learned over the years Oktoberfest gets celebrated the entire Oktober.
Traditional Oktoberfest food items are e.g. rotisserie chicken (Brathaendl), pork sausage, Sauerkraut, a cheese dip called Obatzn, Pretzl and veggie food like reddish and some cheeses.
The below recipe is not a traditional Oktoberfest food but I think if you wanted to recreate some type of Oktoberfest food experience you could either cook “my” Sauerkraut and add on some sausages and/or you make this typical German “fast food dish” called Currywurst mit Pommes (Currysausage with Fries). This dish is usually more known in the Rheinland Area than the rest of Germany but you can get it anywhere in Germany. It is also more “fast food” than an evening sit down meal. In the Rheinland (like Cologne, Duesseldorf etc.) we have these little “food dive” places called “Pommesbude” (Frie Hut) that serve Sausages, Schnitzel, Meat Balls, Fries etc. where Currywurst is one of the traditional items that gets served.
So for a quick “traditional German” bite fry up a German Pork sausage (a German Brat, not an Amish or Oktoberfestsausge like Mike brought home ;-), it has to be a raw pork sausage), bake some fries and make this special sauce that turns the German Brat into a Curry Brat.
Currysauce: (you will need a particular Ketchup that is called Curry Ketchup from Hela which you can order at Amazon or if you live close to a World Market/Cost plus, they also carry it)
- 1/2 cup curry ketchup from Hela
- 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon of regular ketchup
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon water
Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and heat it up (don’t let it cook, it will get to thick, but you can thin it down with water and also do a taste test and add more Curry Ketchup or Curry if needed). Fry the sausages from all sides in a pan (approx. 15 minutes on medium heat), cut the sausage in slices on a plate, spoon some sauce over the cut up sausage and dust the sauce with a little bit more curry powder. Serve with Fries and a good German Beer!
Guten Appetit and Prost!