That said, October is quite the month of celebration - obviously, we have Halloween to look forward to (although according to the stores, the holiday has been around the corner since August), but there's also Thanksgiving for us Canadians and for the Bavarian community, the glory of Oktoberfest is here too.
Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Cities all over the world celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired food, fun, and, of course, beer. It is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Having been held every year, for 206 years, since its start in 1810, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture.
The #SundaySupper team, hosted this week by Cricket of Cricket’s Confections, have banded together to create German-inspired recipes in honour of Oktoberfest. My contribution are these sweet-tangy pickled red onions, which are perfect on spicy brats or in slaws as well as on their own. Gloriously pink, just sweet enough and getting better with age, they're ridiculously easy to make too. I used dried papaya seeds for a boost of bitter-spicy pep. I had read somewhere that they're a good substitute for peppercorns and, while they're a little more on the "sharp" side of the spectrum, I'd have to agree. Obviously, regular peppercorns would work too - and if you can get your hands on pink peppercorns, all the better. While you're supposed to chill these before digging in, I'd be lying if I said I didn't eat forkfuls of these pickled red onions from the jar while still warm. They're that good.
Appetizers (die Vorspeisen)
- German Pancake Soup (Flädlesuppe) by Caroline’s Cooking
- German Potato Pancakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Homemade Pretzels with Kids by Hardly A Goddess
- Kräuterbutter (German Herb Butter) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Latke and Sauerbraten Poutine by Monica’s Table
- Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread by Sunday Supper Movement
- Warsteiner Fondue by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Breakfast (das Frühstück)
Condiments (die Gewürze)
Main Dish (die Hauptgerichte)
- Bavarian Sausage & Cabbage Soup by Food Done Light
- Beef Goulash Recipe by Positively Stacey
- Beer Mac and Cheese by Moore or Less Cooking
- Berlin Potato Soup by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Bierocks by Mindy’s Cooking Obsession
- Bratwurst Sheet Pan Dinner by A Mind Full Mom
- Burgers with Bacon-Sauerkraut Jam by Palatable Pastime
- How to Make Traditional German Sauerbraten by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Oktoberfest Beer Brats by Wholistic Woman
- Oktoberfest Chicken Chili by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oktoberfest Fondue 3 Ways by Momma’s Meals
- Pork chops with Sauerkraut and Apples by Brunch-n-Bites
- Roasted Apple & Beer Chili For Oktoberfest by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Kebobs w/ a Boiled Cider Drizzle by The Freshman Cook
- Schwenkbraten (Grilled German Pork Chops) by Curious Cuisiniere
Side Dish (die Beilagen)
- Fried Potatoes German Style by My Life as a Cookbook
- German Potato Salad by Tramplingrose
- Ginger Beer Sauerkraut by Cricket’s Confections
- Herbed Spaetzle by The Hungry Goddess
- Krautsalat (German Coleslaw) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Oktoberfest Potatoes by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Dessert (der Nachtisch)
- Apple Tart by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Kaiserschmarrn Recipe by Plated Cravings
- Nana’s Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Rote Grütze (Fruit Pudding) by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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Pickled Red Onions
Makes ~2 cups
¾ cup rice vinegar
½ cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp sugar
2 cloves garlic, smashed
6 dried papaya seeds (or black peppercorns)
2 tsp Kosher salt
1 large red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
- Add the vinegars, sugar, garlic, papaya seeds and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add the onion, stir, and continue cooking just long enough for the onion to soften and become submerged in the liquid, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
- Transfer the onions to glass jars with tight fitting lids and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before serving. Or not, it's up to you.
- Store in the refrigerator up to 1 month.