If you were in Bavaria, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. It’s Oktoberfest, so you would be out celebrating with lots and lots of beer and just as much food. While you can’t have the full Oktoberfest experience (unless you are, in fact, in Bavaria—in which case, stop reading this now), you can eat like you’re there. Here, 11 traditional Oktoberfest foods.
During Oktoberfest, chickens are spit-roasted until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Most people don’t have a rotisserie set up at home, so instead make this classic lemon-thyme roast chicken in the oven. Rubbing a lemon-and-thyme butter over the chicken before roasting ensures superbly crispy skin.
Schweinebraten (roast pork)
A classic Bavarian dish, schweinebraten can be made with a variety of pork cuts, like shoulder or even loin. It’s traditionally roasted with dark beer and onions. For a quick and easy take on the dish, try this pounded pork tenderloin smothered in onion and mustard.