Fall is in the air and it is officially October. So why not throw a Hawktoberfest party on game day? Here are some recipes to make the party a success.
“Wisconsin Style” Sausages
I found this technique to be the best way to grill up sausages. It is super easy and people love the finished product. This is what you’ll need:
- Sausages (bratwursts, bockwursts, knockwursts, kielbasa, etc.)
- Beer (any style works, I prefer a light beer)
- Sliced Onion
- Cooking Vessel (pan, pot, tinfoil pan)
Place your cooking vessel on the grill and fill it up with the beer and place the sliced onions into it. Bring the beer to a simmer and place the sausages into the beer hot tub. Simmer the sausages for approximately 15 minutes.
After simmering, place the sausages on a medium heat grill and give them some color and char.
After giving the links some grill marks, place them back into the beer bath to keep them hot until you are ready to serve them up. This is a great technique if you need to feed a large group of 12′s. Go ahead and use the cheap white hot dog buns and good quality mustard.
German Red Cabbage
Believe it or not, people love this recipe. The good news is it is cheap and easy to make. This is what you will need
- 1 green apple diced or sliced
- 1 head of shredded red cabbage
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Place all of the above-mentioned ingredients into a big pot.
Bring the pot to a boil and then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for about 2 hours. Go ahead and stir it every 20 to 30 minutes. This can be made the day prior to Hawktoberfest and stored in a crockpot in the fridge. Just warm it up in the crockpot the day of the party.
Bavarian Rotisserie Chicken
Buy yourself a couple of northwest grown whole chickens. Rinse them and trim any excess skin or fat off the birds. Stuff them with fresh parsley and rub salt, pepper, and paprika all over the bird. Place the birds on a spit rotisserie and cook them over medium indirect heat. It should take a couple of hours. Be sure to cook the chicken to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove the birds from the pit and let them rest for 10 minutes. After resting, slice them up into pieces and feast.