The annual Oktoberfest in Munich has ended, but we can celebrate the season’s greatest food and beers for months to come. You don’t have to go all the way to Germany to enjoy a warm Bavarian brezel or a flavorful festbier. Eat, drink, and revel in a little bit of German tradition at home! Whether you’re hosting your own belated Oktoberfest get-together or you’re looking to switch up the usual keg-and-wings menu of your tailgates, I promise that taking some tips from this 202-year-old food and beer festival will give you and your friends one of the best—or should I say wurst—experiences of your lives.
Bratwurst sliders with beer cheese, beer braised onions, and pretzel buns! The beer cheese is adapted from a recipe by Rachel Ray.
Recipe type: Main
For the beer-braised onions:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 large onion, sliced thin
- 1 bottle German lager
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
For the beer cheese:
- 1 bag (10 oz) cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¼ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup German lager
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- Hot sauce and Worcestershire to taste
For the bratwurst:
- 6-10 pre-cooked bratwursts cut into fourths
- Add thinly sliced onions and about a tablespoon of butter to a medium-sized frying pan.
- Sauté the onions until soft and translucent.
- Add sugar, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and pour in your entire bottle of beer.
- Cook over medium heat until the onions caramelize and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Scoop onions into a bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Add sliced bratwurst to your pan, sauté on medium until the skin has slightly crisped in spots.
- As the bratwurst cooks, mix both cheeses and flour in a medium-sized bowl.
- In a small saucepan, bring a cup of lager to a boil. Add minced garlic.
- Bring the heat down to simmer and add cheese mixture slowly. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon to melt the cheese evenly.
- After the cheese is completely melted, add a tablespoon of brown mustard and a few drops of each hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
- Serve bratwurst, warm beer cheese, and onions on rolls and enjoy!
Get the full experience by serving these German beers to your friends with the sliders. These are readily available and affordable beers, so you don’t have to go wild searching or break the bank to add these 3 Deutschland delights to your next get-together.
Paulaner Original Munich Lager
I used this lager to make the sliders, and served them with it as well. My friends and family have very different tastes, but all agreed that this easy-to-drink beer will find its way from the fatherland into our fridges on many more occasions.
Appearance: Coppery-yellow toned with a foamy white head that lingers nicely
Smell: Bready, slightly hoppy, and a subtle fruitiness
Taste: Sweet breadiness, hint of toasty malt flavors and floral hops, and a slight citrusy tang
Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp
Drinkability: Remarkably drinkable for any time of year
Featured in Adrian Tierney-Jones’ book, 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse has been boasted by many beer connoisseurs as one of their absolute favorite Hefeweizens. It currently tops my list.