What’s Cookin’ – September 24, 2009

September 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Oktoberfest: A Celebration of Fall by JEANNE BRIGGS If this is your first foray into the wild world of Oktoberfest partying, get ready for a fun-filled ride! Oktoberfest parties are actually quite simple to put together… all you need is a boisterous bunch of friends, a stockpile of German beers, and plenty of belly-pleasing German food. Oh… don’t forget the polka music. Let’s party!       German Onion Pie 4 thick slices bacon, diced 2 cups peeled, chopped yellow onion 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 9-inch pie shell, unbaked Preheat oven to 400F. Sauté bacon. Remove bacon to paper towels and drain most of the fat from the pan. Add onions and sauté until translucent but not browned. Set aside to cool. Beat eggs and sour cream and mix in the flour. Stir in salt and pepper. Prick the bottom of the pie shell with the tines of a fork. Spread onions and bacon over bottom of pie shell. Pour the sour cream mixture over the top. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, or until pie is nicely browned. Serve hot. Serves 6. German Applesauce Meatloaf 1-1/2 pounds ground beef 1/2 pound ground pork 1/2 cup finely diced onion 1 cup applesauce 1 cup bread crumbs 3 tablespoons ketchup 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a loaf pan. In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Place mixture into prepared pan. Bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Drain off fat and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn loaf out of pan and slice for serving. Serves 8. German Potato Salad 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced 3/4 cup chopped onion 2 teaspoons salt 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons white sugar 3 tablespoons dried parsley Ground black pepper to taste Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peeled, cut potatoes; cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add onions. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, sugar, parsley, […]