Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cooking Club: October

Theme: Oktoberfest
We had quite the spread of hearty German fare at this months cooking club. And it was all delicious!
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These were fabulous! Crispy, salty on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. Dipped in some mustard and cheese sauce (which are American condiments, German's use butter) these are tasty anytime.

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Kaese Spaetzle
A simple homemade pasta gets lightly fried and then tossed with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and crumbled bacon. Think of it as a German take on Mac N' Cheese. The perfect fall comfort food dish.
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Potato Pancakes
Freshly shredded potatoes are mixed with onion, egg and salt and pepper and then baked until golden brown. Serve with sour cream and enjoy!
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Cucumber Potato Soup
A mellow soup with a nice dill flavor. Fun texture from the cucumbers and potatoes. Can be served hot or cold.

Sauerkraut mit Kartoffein
(Sauerkraut with potatoes and apples)
This casserole-style dish was delicious! It's an odd sounding combination of flavors, but this dish got high ratings from our cooking club and some deemed it their favorite dish.
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Soup in a Pumpkin
Very festive and fun for fall. The soup itself was lacking in flavor and texture, so Jodi added carrot and squash to the liven it up. She also made beer rye croutons, which would go famously with any soup!

Translation: Meat in a crust
An escalope is coated in a tasty Parmesan mixture and then fried until golden in butter. Yum.
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Ground beef, chopped cabbage and lots of seasonings are baked to perfect in bread dough pockets. These would be tasty anytime.
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Beer Braised Brats
What would an Oktoberfest party be without Brats?! These bad boys were simmered in beer and onions and then grilled to perfection. Can't go wrong with a hot-off-the-grill brat!

German Rouladen
Meat rolls filled with onion, bacon and a pickle. Yes, a pickle! And these were absolutely fantastic! The sauce that these produce is incredible. Have some crispy potatoes or bread to soak it up with!
Great job on all the dishes this month ladies! My waistline thanks you.
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Next Month: Pizza!


drewfromutah said...

Everything was really good.

shauna said...

The food at Cooking Club is always great. I love having a theme every month. I have eaten so many, many wonderful dishes. Some recipes I wouldn't think of making until I try them. We get exposed to new and different foods and ingredients. I now have new spices in my kitchen that I had never used before in my life.

Jason said...

Wow....just WOW!

drewfromutah said...

I don't think I got to try any of the Spätzle. How was it? It looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

The Spätzle was awesome! It went quick, so I wasn't able to bring you any!

I'll have to make some more and have you over!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Picture after picture of delicious food! Love it!

Bake-A-Holic said...

Thanks for stopping by!


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