Debby and Chef Jon Ashton.
Today, I'm taking a much needed break from editing photos and recipes to recharge my batteries and to spend time with my family. Today I'd like to share with you my own favorite recipes from last year. I am already planning my annual Oktoberfest with my family and close friends. I've been seeing lots of Oktoberfest recipes in food magazines. Sometimes I cringe, because I lived in Bavaria as a kid-- and my mother owned a German Delicatessen. I know what's authentic, so some recipes I have seen simply aren't what you'll really find in Bavaria. I invite you to take a look at my own recipes, as taught to me by my mom when I was very young.
Austrian Goulash, (but it's also a Bavarian Goulash) because I j don't want readers to confuse the word "goulash" as being a stew with vegetables and meat. Austrian food is very similar to Bavarian food, because they share borders. This recipe was taught to me by my Bavarian "Mutti", who learned it from her Mutti, who learned it from... well, this tureen dish dates back to my Great-Grandmother from Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria. It's a simple stew, made with beef, a tomato broth and has the perfect balance of hot and sweet paprika. The only vegetable in this dish are lots of thinly sliced onion, and a small handful of caraway seeds.
My favorite way to enjoy this goulash is with Bavarian Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings) and I show you how to make it here.
I also make homemade Spaetzle, which is very easy to do.
After years of trying, I finally mastered my mother's German Potato Salad. My family devours it everytime I make it.
Bavarian Red Cabbage, and I have created a recipe that has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Of course, I always buy quality brand Wiener Wurstl (Veal sausages), because Oktoberfest wouldn't be authentic without out it. What about "bratwurst"? Of course, I serve those, too! There is plenty of German beer to complete the array of my heirloom German recipes.
Dessert can only be one thing, in our family...
Just click on the name of a recipe, if one grabs your attention, and you will be transported to the posting that shows you how to make these. You'll find a printable recipe card at the bottom. I hope to find some time to catch up on visiting my food blogger peeps to see what you've been cooking and baking. Next weekend, Craig and I are off to Palm Springs for a much needed vacation with two of my best friends. Yes!!!!
I'm submitted these heirloom recipes to Joanne from Eats Well With Others. She's hosting a Regional Recipe Roundup and for the month of October she's featuring... well, what else? Oktoberfest!
I'm off to shop for the party this weekend.