Prisco’s Family Market

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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Food & Beer from Prisco’s

One of the ethnic food and drink events that we all enjoy as a family is Oktoberfest. If you browse this week’s ad you will find that it is packed with many German-style dishes, and if you are in the mood to make your own there are several good recipes right on this page (see below!).

The great thing about Oktoberfest is that it provides an opportunity for socialization with friends and family, as well as within our community, outside of the regular holiday season; but best of all, we can expect all kinds of spectacular foods and beverages to make their appearance as part of the festivities.

The world's largest beer festival, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The event generally takes place over a 16-day to 18-day period, and runs from late September until the first Sunday in October. Millions of people attend the festival every year, primarily for the opportunity to sample a large number of traditional brews and food.

Here in the United States, where we have a strong (and getting stronger!) culture surrounding beer, we've come to thoroughly embrace Oktoberfest in recent decades, along with most of its trappings. Stores like Prisco’s are keen to offer customers 'fest-themed beer (or "bier") and a variety of festival-style foods, including main course options and snacks and appetizers. We've also got the fixings to help you make your own array of Oktoberfest-appropriate meals, so stop on by and check out our selection.

Recommended Oktoberfest recipes

Sauerbraten

Preparation: 20 min. Cooking: 110 min. Total: 130 min.

2 Cup water

2 Cup wine vinegar

2 onions

3/4 Cup fresh carrots

5 peppercorns

2 whole cloves

2 1/4 Lb beef top round roast

3 Tbsp cooking oil

1 Cup red wine (optional)

1/2 pinch salt , to taste

1/4 pinch pepper , to taste

1 Cup sour cream , or regular cream

Mix first seven ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes to make a marinade.

Place the beef in a big pot, pour in the marinade, and place the pot covered in the refrigerator. Marinate for 2-3 days. Remove the beef from the marinade and let it drain, patting dry with paper towels. Strain the remaining marinade to remove vegetable, etc.

Add cooking oil to a frying pan. Place the beef in the pan and cook over medium heat, turning as needed, until browned. Place the beef in a pot. Pour remaining marinade over the beef, or, alternatively, pour the red wine over the beef.

Bake at 425 ℉ for 90 minutes, turning regularly. Remove from oven. Remove beef from the pot and place on a large platter. Place the remaining marinade (or red wine) in frying pan and boil to reduce, adding salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat and mix in sour cream (or regular cream if you desire a less sour taste). Add mixture to the beef. Slice and serve.

Sauerbraten side dishes – We suggest kraut and potato pancakes or dumplings as sides for this delicious dish.

 

Pork Schnitzel with Fresh Applesauce

Preparation: 20 min. Cooking: 20 min. Total: 40 min.

1 Lb Jonathan apples , cored, peeled and cut into wedges

7/8 pinch ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp water

4 pork tenderloin chops

3 Tbsp all purpose flour

1 eggs , beaten

1/2 Cup dried breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 400 ℉. Combine apples, cinnamon, sugar and water in a non-reactive saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apples have lost their texture. Remove from heat and set aside. Place pork chops between two sheets of wax paper and pound lightly with a mallet or other heavy flat object to flatten slightly. Season with salt to taste. Dredge chops in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in beaten egg then dredge in breadcrumbs. Set aside 15 minutes. Spray breaded pork lightly with oil. Arrange in a roasting pan and bake 10 minutes or until golden. Turn and bake another 7-8 minutes or until pork is browned. Serve pork chops with applesauce.

 

German-Style Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Preparation: 20 min. Cooking: 30 min. Total: 50 min.

6 slice bacon

1 small onions , chopped

1 clove garlics , crushed

2 (14.5 oz) can sauerkraut, drained , rinsed

2 medium potatoes , peeled and sliced

1 Cup water

4 Fl Oz dry white wine or apple juice

3 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp chicken stock powder

1 tsp caraway seed

1 bay leaves

1 Lb bratwurst

1 large apples , cored and sliced

Cook bacon in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium high heat 4-5 minutes until crisp. Crumble and set aside. Discard all but 2 normal Tbsp drippings from skillet. Reduce heat to medium.

Cook onion and garlic in reserved drippings 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tender. Stir in sauerkraut and next 7 ingredients. Increase heat to high. Add up to 1/2 normal cup more water, if necessary, to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil. Make 2 shallow cuts across bratwurst and add to sauerkraut mixture. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are just tender, stirring occasionally. Add the sliced apple and crumbled bacon. Cover and cook 5-10 minutes more or until apples are just tender. Remove bay leaf and serve.

 

Celebrate good foods!

~ Jacquie