Oktoberfest appetizer recipe ideas include cheesy soft pretzels, Jarlsberg canapés and Bavarian cheese dip. Another German-inspired appetizer is sausage and sauerkraut fritters served with a honey-mustard sauce.
To make cheesy soft pretzels, make a basic pretzel dough from a mix or from scratch, and mix in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Roll the dough into strips that are 1 foot long and 1 inch thick. Fold each strip into the shape of a pretzel. Beat 1 egg, and brush the mixture onto the pretzels. Top with salt and extra shredded cheese before baking.
For Jarlsberg canapes, cut 1 pumpernickel cocktail loaf into thin slices. Top with Dijon mustard, onions sautéed in butter, and small slices of Jarlsberg cheese. Just before serving, bake the canapes in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese melts, and top with chopped chives.
To make Bavarian cheese dip, mix 2 pounds of brie cheese, 2 ounces of blue cheese and 5 tablespoons of butter in a bowl. Stir in chopped onion to taste and 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika. Pour in 1/2 cup of beer and mix until the dip is creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve the dip with sliced rye bread.
To make sausage and sauerkraut fritters, chop 4 slices of bacon and 1 sausage into small pieces and fry. Mix together 6 eggs, 1 package of drained sauerkraut, 2 tablespoons of mustard, 1 cup of breadcrumbs and 1 cup of Guyere cheese. Add the bacon and sausage. Form the dough into balls. Dip each ball first in flour, then in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumbs, and fry in the bacon grease.