Guten Tag!!… Und Willkommen!!! This is T here, and as the resident beer-drinker of the PPC, I have been given the opportunity to write about a Oktoberfest!!! (and I couldn’t be more excited!!)
When people think of Oktoberfest, their minds usually go straight to the beer… and that’s completely understandable; but today we have gathered some FANTASTIC veganized versions of traditional German dishes to accompany all that lovely German beer you’ll be sampling throughout the month, and thanks to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 (based on the 1487 Munich law), ALL traditional German, Bavarian, and Belgian beers are vegan!! The Reinheitsgebot, or “German purity laws” preclude items like isinglass, whey, and casein (that can be found in some British and other beers) from being allowed to be used in the creation of German beer… but enough of that, you’re here for the FOOD!! Besides, you’re going to need something to soak up all that beer!
Meine Damen und Herren… Wir geben dir alles ein veganes Oktoberfest!!!!!!
Vegan Potato Cheese Spread — KARTOFFELKÄSE
I believe this name literally translates to potato cheese — though it’s never usually made with cheese — and is traditionally an Austrian and Bavarian dish, but this cool appetizer dip has warmed the hearts of many Germans who have tasted it!! I am so excited for this veganzied version by Elephantastic Vegan (and I LOVE the name!). It’s a great starter to put out with sliced veg, crusty sourdough bread, hard pretzels, etc.
Another great addition for that dip would be these traditional Bavarian soft pretzels from Well Vegan. What would Oktoberfest be without pretzels?? Just hungry folks drinking beer! A wonderfully easy recipe, you’re going to be dipping these in EVERYTHING!!!
Vegan German Beer Cheese Soup In A Soft Pretzel Bowl – Bier-Käse-Suppe
Starting the full-meal with one our favorites around here in the Plant Power Couple household: this tangy, cheesy soup (made all from veg) is sure to please the palate. It’s thick, comforting, and velvety texture wraps itself around your taste buds. We love to serve this soup in one of our warm, soft pretzel bowls… because a) who doesn’t love a bread bowl with their soup and 2) THIS IS A PRETZEL BOWL!!!!!!
NOTE/ADVICE: Don’t fill up on pretzel bowls, and make certain to leave room for the main course coming next!
Warm Potato Salad with Herbs — Kartoffelsalat mit (grüne Bohnen und) Kräuter
The first of the two side dishes to grace the plate with our main is this marvelous take on the traditional warm, German potato salad from WholeHearted Eats. Unlike mayonnaisey American potato salad, German salad is usually vinegar and mustard-based and served warm – or at least at room temp. I LOVE the addition not only of the green beans in this, but also of the chive blossoms in this recipe and have to tell you: chives are ridiculously easy to grow, and I NEVER knew what to do with the blossoms…until now.
Old-Fashioned Cucumber Salad — Gurkensalat
Germans are indeed known for their pickles and pickled veg dishes, and this wonderful Gurkensalat from Strength and Sunshine is a slight variation on the traditional theme. Gurkensalat: think sophisticated pickle slices. Enhanced with dill and sweet onion, complimented with the tangy vinegar marinade, this is a wonderfully light side-accompaniment to the potato salad and to our upcoming main dish.
Vegan Schnitzel — Schnitzel is Schnitzel in German
Another amazing recipe from Elephantastic Vegan, this schnitzel recipe is SURE to please. Schnitzel is quite possibly one of the most common dishes in German kitchens, and this TVP-based dish looks authentic and packed with flavor!! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to making this often and in LARGE batches!
German Chocolate Cake — Deutscher Schokoladenkuchen
If you still have room left after partaking in everything that has already come, get ready for some Allergylicious-made decadence in the form of German. Chocolate. Cake. The name alone brings forward so many more thoughts than just regular old chocolate cake.
Say it again with me:
German. Chocolate. Cake.
A unique take on the classic, this cake looks lächerlich gut!!! (RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!!)
It was a pleasure in realizing my choices for this roundup actually created an entire traditional German feast, so if you’d rather host a lovely traditional day with a full meal, by all means invite us!! Or, maybe just share your photos with us by tagging us on Instagram. We’d love to hear how it goes!