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Oktoberfest Fare for Vegetarians

MaspethMaven Sep 11, 2006 01:10 AM

Oktoberfest is around the corner, and I've got all the basics covered with wursts, biers, salats, goulash and spaetzle (luckily we live near a holdover German neighborhood). What I'm not sure of is what to make for the vegetarians in the crowd that will still be relatively authentic german/bavarian fare.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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  1. tuqueboy Sep 11, 2006 01:51 AM

    --you've already got the spaetzle
    --good sauerkraut
    --good crusty german rye bread
    --good soft, fresh pretzels
    --obatzda (you can google a recipe, but it's basically camembert mixed together with butter, paprika, onions, caraway seeds, salt and pepper) served with fresh pretzels

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      scott123 Sep 11, 2006 12:22 PM

      Hot dogs are basically wursts. A decent brand of veggie dogs wouldn't be super authentic, but it would give your vegetarian friends something more substantial than starch and cheese.

      1. Terrie H. Sep 11, 2006 02:45 PM

        You may want to consider something using mushrooms for the vegetarians -- maybe a big crockpot full of mushroom soup, or something thicker and creamier they can put over the spaetzle, or, if you have some time to prepare, you can do stuffed cabbage rolls with mushrooms, brown rice and veggies inside, simmered in a slightly sweet and sour tomato sauce.

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          phoenikia Sep 11, 2006 02:53 PM

          Gemischter Salat is common in Bavaria, a selection of different salads served on one plate. Some care is taken in the presentation so it looks more like a composed salad, instead of someone's plate at a buffet dinner. Usually there are about 2-3 tbsps of 5 or 6 salads on each plate.
          I've seen various combinations of potato salad, bean salad, cucumber salad, a marinated carrot salad, corn salad, marinated mushrooms, marinated beets, red cabbage salad and chick pea salad.

          You could also serve roasted chestnuts, a common streetfood in Munich.

          Or buttered bread topped with salted, thinly sliced radishes.

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          1. re: phoenikia
            MaspethMaven Sep 13, 2006 12:38 AM

            Yes, in the original post I mentioned the salat. Roasted chestnuts are a FABULOUS idea, as are the radishes. l like serving radishes with butter and salt anyway, so this is a perfect excuse to haul them out.

          2. kate.s Sep 11, 2006 02:57 PM

            Tofurky makes some pretty good kielbasa and beer brats. I usually get them at Whole foods or Earth Fare, but I am sure any health food store will have them.

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            1. re: kate.s
              MaspethMaven Sep 13, 2006 12:41 AM

              thanks for the recs. I would much rather get the tofurky brats than serve veggie dogs, which most of my veggie friends don't actually like.

              Anyone have any other recommendations for a veg friendly soup or stew, not mainly mushrooms?

              1. re: MaspethMaven
                cheryl_h Sep 13, 2006 01:02 PM

                How about a soup based on beans or lentils? We just finished a batch of ribolitta which had kale, beans, tomatoes and other vegetables.

            2. MVNYC Sep 13, 2006 04:16 PM

              A good traditional snack for vegetarians would be thinly sliced salted radishes. It goes really well with beer. This was something i was introduced to the first time i went to Munchen for Octoberfest by a German couple i was sitting next to. It really makes for good snacking while drinking an Octoberfest Brew.

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              1. re: MVNYC
                RichK Sep 13, 2006 04:27 PM

                Yes but it really should be a long white radish sliced paper thin and salted. MMMMMM!!!

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