Oktoberfest Fare for Vegetarians
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!
--you've already got the spaetzle
--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
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.
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.
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.