Celebrate Oktoberfest with these appetizers and their craft beer pairings.
As autumn approaches, cities around the world prepare to participate in the German festival of Oktoberfest. World-renowned for its great food, beer and lederhosen, Oktoberfest provides sixteen days of German music and culture. If you are not a fan of the huge crowds, throw your own Oktoberfest celebration at home. Here are five sausage hors d'oeuvres and complementary craft beers that will surely make your party a hit.
Bratwurst Sliders & Cream Ale
Beer-braised onions, cheese and bratwurst piled high on warm pretzel buns makes for a delicious and exciting tastebud experience. A smooth cream ale like Sweet Action is the perfect compliment to this light yet hearty Oktoberfest appetizer.
Whip up some of these Bratwurst Sliders using the recipe from Host The Toast.
Sauerkraut Balls & Hefeweizen
Your guests will rave about these warm delights. The balance of crunchy and moist elements are achieved well with this appetizer. A hefeweizen will go nicely with this lightly-prepared snack.
Visit Food.com for the entire sauerkraut ball recipe.
Sausage Stuffed Piglet Buns & Amber Ale
These absolutely adorable hors d'oeuvres from Girl Versus Dough are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Encase your favorite sausage in pig-shaped dough and enjoy the squeals (pun intended) of delight from your guests.
The recipe calls for an italian sausage, but feel free to choose whichever one suites you - amber ales pair nicely with several types of sausages.
Sausage Stuffed Peppers & Dark Lager
Add a grilled dish to your Oktoberfest celebrations — these stuffed peppers from Serious Eats are a great choice. The medley of sweet, spicy and smoky flavors are sure to be a hit.
A dark lager like Death & Taxes Black Beer partners well with the smoky tastes provided by the grill.
Sausage & Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms & Kolsch Ale
Stuffed mushrooms are a welcome addition to any get-together. Give this classic dish a spin by adding some traditional German sausages to the mix. Sweet Sugar Bean provides a brilliant recipe —adding asiago cheese gives the dish a wonderful flavor.
A kolsch ale like Stoudt's Karnival is a particularly suitable pairing for this dish.