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Octoberfest meal, bratwurst, pork, sauerkraut, and apples
Pork, bratwurst, apples, sauerkraut, and noodles

We miss the Octoberfest festivities this year so we decided to have our own Octoberfest at home. We created this recipe based on German foods we have cooked in the past, added some music, and of course beer.

Octoberfest Recipe: German Pork, Brats, and Kraut

Octoberfest food, plate filled with pork chops, bratwurst, baked apples, and sauerkraut
Baking dish prior to cooking

Ingredients

  • 4 pack of Bratwurst or other German sausage
  • 4 pork loin chops sliced 1/2 inch thick or small boneless pork loin sliced
  • 2 pieces of bacon cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 apples
  • 1 16 oz. can sauerkraut
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1 bottle of German beer
  • spaetzle or small pasta
  • butter

Directions

  1. Begin by cooking bacon over medium heat in a frying pan. Add the onions until bacon is fully cooked and onions are clear.
  2. Meanwhile place the pork chops and sausages in a large baking pan.
  3. Then cut apples into fourths removing the core and tuck them around the meats.
  4. After that, sprinkle with black pepper, cloves, and brown sugar, and add drained sauerkraut to baking pan. Then top with bacon/onion mixture.
  5. Additionally, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and pour beer over the food in the pan.
  6. Cook for 30-45 minutes or until meat temperature is 145 degrees at the thickest parts.
  7. Cook the pasta or spaetzle during the last 15 minutes of the meat cooking time. Then drain and toss with butter.
  8. When meat is done remove contents to a serving platter using a slotted spoon and serve with buttered spaetzle.

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Then don’t forget your tradition German dessert Apfel Kuchen (apple cake)

Octoberfest Dessert: Apfel Kuchen

Octoberfest dessert, apple cake with walnuts in a baking pan
I cropped the picture because my kids ate some before I could take a photo!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • half tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups sliced apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup cooking oil

Directions

  1. Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Subsequently, beat the eggs and add eggs, oil, and vanilla to mixture.
  3. Then add apples and walnuts.
  4. After that, mix well and spread into a 9×13″ pan.
  5. Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean.
Piece of apfel kuchen on a plate topped with whipped cream
We like to serve this with whipped cream

If you are looking for a great place in the U.S. to celebrate Octoberfest, then you should check out the town of Helen, GA. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 they will not be hosting Octoberfest this year.

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