Celebrating Oktoberfest with Sauerbraten & Spetzle

Oktoberfest is this weekend and along with German’s, brats, and beer I wanted to have a little something something over here at Pass the Sushi. So, I grabbed my heavy beer stein took my blend of NyQuil and Sudafed and with no knowledge of anything remotely German food-wise, made a giant mess in the kitchen.

The spetzle was a challenge, as the directions called for a batter like dough, with an ingredient list that simple didn’t produce something of that constancy. I added more water to account for the thickness and even then, still had problems getting the dough through the holes in the colander. My spetzle making skills were definitely not bringing their A game. I have never had spetzle before, so I am not sure if the dough should have been thinner or if the NyQuil was effecting my ability to shove dough through tiny holes over a pot of boiling water. Be warned, don’t steam your arm hairs off – but let me know what the deal is.

The sauerbraten, where not my prettiest plating, was quiet tasty. The gingersnaps added a great flavor at the end.

I promise prettier dishes for all celebrations for this point out. Pinky promise even.


Comments

  1. Interesting… I used to eat spatzel (sp?) as a kid at my Grandma’s but I think it was Bird’s Eye frozen brand… hahahaha.

  2. Love these hearty fall foods – I’d love to soak up all that great sauce. Have fun at the festivities.

  3. Don’t apologize for the pix. That will make me feel bad about my pix because I absorb guilt so easily. This looks delicious. I hope you get better soon and have a blast at the festival. I love the fall and all the wonderful comfort foods the weather brings.

  4. Oh, my dad loves sauerbraten….I should make it for him sometime. And I LOVE spetzle…and my neighbor has a spetzle maker that is so much easier than a colander. I need to borrow it again as you’ve gotten me in the mood :)

  5. The colors on this are amazing Kita…seriously. Looks great!

  6. Oh wow..that looks amazing..what a flavorful dish! Love your photos, so beautiful and I can almost smell it! Yumm!

  7. Lucas used to live in Germany and talks about food like this ALL the time! Maybe now I can recreate it at home!!

  8. I can’t say I’ve ever tried making spaetzle, and you haven’t exactly sold me on the process! ;)

    But your pictures look fine. And tasty.

  9. Kita, I’ve never had this, but everything about that dish sounds utterly fantastic! I’ve always been intrigued how spetzle is made. It looks like fun!!

  10. I wouldn’t worry about prettier dishes….this one looks pretty darn good now! I’m impressed that you made sauerbraten! Everything looks delish!

  11. Kita. I love you. This is so my kind of meal! ;)

  12. Looking at this picture I got excited – it’s the time of year we can fully enjoy warm meal from the pot. I love one pot food – easy, delicious and really comfort food. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. I really love how you served the meal in a rectangular plate. I would never thought of using a rectangular plate! Very nice!

  13. Just found your blog on tastespotting and I’m so hungry now browsing through it!! My advice for the Spätzle dough: Only use flour, water and salt. I’m from Germany and that’s the way I know it and it always worked so far ;)

  14. For never having made spaetzle before, you did an outstanding job! I’m fixing to load up on Bavarian food. Switzerland-bound, baby! You’ve made the Germans proud my snuffy-nose super chef. Buzzed!

  15. Looks wonderful! As to the spaetzle….I admire your ambition in tackling it. I would with a press; as I don’t have one I’ll buy it.

  16. My kids adore spaetzle and I haven’t made them in ages. Just a note…my recipe (from my German Great grandmother) calls for 2 cups flour, 3 eggs and only about 1/2 cup milk to moisten. That ratio makes the noodles more eggy and rich..
    Anyway, your post is good motivation to go make some…thanks.

    • I can use all the notes and help I can get on this one – I am convinced it was not just the cold meds that was making that recipe difficult!

  17. I have never cooked anything German in my life….that I’m aware of. Maybe I’ll celebrate Oktoberfest in style with this recipe!

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