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Oktoberfest 2009 -HELP not sure what to make the vegetarians !

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We are hosting an Oktoberfect party in a few weeks and I am stuck on the menu. I have all the standards down and some no standards too but a few of our friends our vegetarian and I have NO idea what to make them. I have alot of vegetarian receipes but very few that are in the German or Oktoberfest theme. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks !

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  1. Sauerkraut, onions, vegan sausage, spatzle...what were you planning to make for the omnivores?

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    1. re: Caralien

      Jaegerschnitzel, saubraten, dumplings, sauerkraut. fondue, pretzels various dips with breads, some cheeses, and chicken wings ( I know not german but a special request) potato salad and sausages. Not sure what to do for dessert yet but i am thinking beer flavoured ice cream.

      1. re: books

        Jaegerschnitzel & saurbraten, not veg; pick up a package of tvp and soak in same marinade as schnitzel, then bread and pan-fry in similar fashion; Saubraten--get a vegan brat at the store and boil in beer
        Dumplings: veg if cooked in vegetable broth
        Saurkraut: veg
        Fondue: veg, but not vegan
        Pretzles: veg
        Potato salad: veg (not vegan if butter added; traditional to some recipes, not to others; ditto with whether to add speck or bacon--some recipes include, others don't).

        For the beer ice cream, will you be using dried fruit soaked in an Oktoberfest beer? This too would be veg, but not vegan. Actually, a Christmas brew might be better, but that may be too much, as these are generally double-proofed beers!

        It doesn't look like you really should worry about it, as your menu really does already cover food for most!

    2. Handkase mit musik. I love this stuff.
      http://www.germanfoodguide.com/recipe...

      Other ideas from the same site:
      http://www.germanfoodguide.com/oktobe...

      1. Pretzels with Liptauer (or Obatzda if you want to be a purist)
        Kartoffelpuffer
        Cheese Spätzle

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        1. re: JungMann

          As a vegetarian myself, I second (or third?) the spaetzle idea. Why not make it with some mushrooms for added flavor? Another option, which I had a veg restaurant in Germany this year, is a mixed vegetable au gratin... Also, Boca Brats are declicious. But only the Boca brand ones, not any of the other brands! :)

          1. re: anakalia

            THANK YOU all so much.... we want to make this a very special night and wanted to make sure that everyone feels included.

            1. re: anakalia

              Curry Boca Brats. Just like currywursts! Yum.

              1. re: funniduck

                Wow, Curry Boca Brats - fabulous! How come I never thought of that? :)

              2. re: anakalia

                And I third (or fourth) the Kase Spätzle idea--topped with soft, fried onions.

            2. I would make red cabbage with apples and onions, something like this recipe, but keep the bacon out:
              http://www.chow.com/recipes/12025

              All the other ideas are great, too. I just find that some people who don't like sauerkraut really, really like the red cabbage.

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              1. re: Full tummy

                The bacon is what makes that recipe awesome!!!

                1. re: jeanmarieok

                  Have you tried it with a bowl full of bacon or speck on the side? Or using coconut oil (or a similar rich, vegetarian fat?).

                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    I don't doubt that, but my German mom always makes her potato salad without bacon, and it is pretty awesome, too.

                  2. re: Full tummy

                    FYI I reversed engineered this rotkohl recipe from one that had great sweet and sour balance - the bacon flavor wasn't that evident.

                    Not really German, but I like paprika gravy cooked with small red beans and/or sauerkraut. A tasty balance of (not too) spicy and tangy flavors.
                    http://life-eos.blogspot.com/2007/10/...
                    Yes, you can substitute good vegetable stock for the chicken/beef.
                    No, you can't leave out the sour cream!

                  3. Here are some search results:

                    http://germanfood.about.com/od/vegeta...
                    http://www.ehow.com/facts_4970283_veg...