Traditional German Side Dishes of Oktoberfest
Posted on September 22, 2019
Oktoberfest is known for having main dishes including Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Beef Dumplings, and Schnitzel, but that’s not all! Take a look at some of the great authentic German side dishes we will have for you at the 8th Annual Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County:
A staple in the German diet since the 1600s, sauerkraut is raw cabbage that has been finely cut and fermented for a period of time. This fermentation allows for special bacteria and lactic acid to enter into the cabbage and, in turn, produces the sour taste that many people have come to love.
If you’re concerned about healthy eating, sauerkraut is low in calories and includes an array of vitamins and minerals. It is also rumored to improve digestive health, brain health, and boost immunity. However, please note that although there are many health benefits to eating sauerkraut, it also contains very high amounts of sodium.
German Potato Salad
The German potato salad, also known as Kartoffelsalat, typically includes red potatoes and a hefty amount of bacon. Additional ingredients vary per recipe, but these are the staple items a German potato salad is comprised of. It is also commonly dressed with vinegar and bacon grease. Unlike the majority of American potato salads, Germany’s version can be served hot or cold.
Known to Americans as red cabbage, Rotkohl is used in sandwiches and as a base for German meats and main dishes. Additionally, it is common for the cabbage to be cooked with semi-tart apples, onions, butter, red wine vinegar, berries, and spices to make a sweet and sour side dish good for any occasion.
Semmel is the Bavarian dinner roll. Its primary ingredients are flour, yeast, and egg. Just like Americans enjoy small bread rolls with their meal, people throughout Germany employ this tradition as well. Pair Semmel rolls with Rotkohl and a German meat of your choosing for a perfect Oktoberfest meal!
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