Monday, October 31, 2011

The Drunken German

Kyle wanted me to rename this drink because he thought it was insulting to Germans.  He suggest that I call it the "Jovial German".  I thought that was silly, I mean, I didn't make up the recipe and besides, maybe it was the Germans themselves that named it!  Also, the Germans do enjoy getting drunk, at least during Oktoberfest, and so do I, so who's judging?

2 ounces Jägermeister
2 ounces root beer
(multiply to make a pitcher of this delicious elixir)

Pour Jägermeister into a glass.  Add cold root beer and stir.  Anyone can follow this recipe.

This is a surprisingly delicious combination - it tastes exactly like root beer candy!  Somehow I never even realized that Jägermeister was a German liqueur until preparing for an Oktoberfest party.  I learned a bit about the history of the drink, and I will impart that knowledge to you now.  You can thank me later.

Jägermeister, which means "hunt master" in German, is a liqueur that dates back to the seventeeth century.  It is made of a complex blend of 56 herbs, fruits and spices.  And, if mixed with red bull, it makes twenty-one year olds insane.  Enjoy getting jovial with it!

Warm German Potato Salad

I didn't get a very good picture of this. I think it was the last dish I was preparing as people were arriving and I sort of mailed the photo in. It does taste better than it looks in the picture!

12 red potatoes, peeled
8 bacon slices
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp black pepper
2/3 cup cider vinegar
1 cup water

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, but still firm (this should take about 20-30 minutes).

While the potatoes are cooking, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until crisp. Drain and crumble, reserving drippings in pan. Saute the onions in the bacon drippings until they are golden brown. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, celery seed, and pepper. Add to the onions and cook until simmering, then remove from heat. Stir in water and vinegar, then return to the stove and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over potato slices in bowl. Toss lightly to combine. Season to taste with salt. Garnish with crumbled bacon slices.

Tips - Make sure to taste and if it is too sour, add a bit more sugar. It's really a matter of preference how sweet and/or sour you want it. Also, this is meant to be served warm, but I think it tastes just as good cold the next day. Enjoy!

Oktoberfest Menu

I should have posted this sooner, obviously, but I actually had the party on the last weekend of Oktoberfest, so I doubt it would have helped anyone!  Regardless, these are some hearty Fall recipes!

Here is a link to the party post - Oktoberfest Party
flat 2s
executive chef leah wilcox


The Largest Sausage Platter on Earth
(Bratwurst, Franfurters and Assorted Grilled Sausages)
Schwarzwaelder Schinken
(Home Cured Black Forest Ham)

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Bacon



Mini Pumpkin Pies with White Chocolate Drizzle

specialty cocktails

Wide Array of Fine German Bier