Oktoberfest food guide

28 September 2016 | Schwartz

It's one of the biggest festivals in Germany, but Oktoberfest isn't just about beer. In fact, one of the best parts of this annual brewfest is sampling the tasty, traditional German dishes this nation has to offer. Before you book your flights to Munich, we're joining the party, and celebrating all things Bavaria with a few wholesome dishes which, coincidentally, go great with a brewski.

Pork Schnitzel

Utterly satisfying and a hearty eat, is there anything better than schnitzel? Traditionally made with pork, you can tailor this German dish anyway you like, with chicken, turkey or veal - and a vegetarian-friendly version with Portobello mushroom is just as delicious. The trick to a crisp golden crust is to take your time, being sure to limit the shallow-frying to only two fillets at once. Perfect paired with a robust, dark ale, this succulent dish gets an added zing with Lemon Pepper.

Carbonade of Beef

A tasty treat of bread, beef and a good glug of stout beer, carbonade is the ultimate in comfort food. Best left to its own devices, this dish requires minimal preparation time, slow-cooking to a tender finish in the oven. Perhaps the greatest part of this hearty dish is the bubbling cheesy bread - we've added an extra kick with a sprinkling of sweet paprika.

Easy Sausage Casserole

This splendidly warming sausage casserole only takes five minutes to prepare, so you can relax and put your feet up while it slowly cooks to perfection. Wonderfully filling and enough to feed the whole family, any left-overs can be stowed in the freezer, ready and waiting if you're ever low on time. The ultimate one-pot stew, it goes great with a dark, dry stout.

Chilli Beef Burgers

Is there a better pairing than a burger and beer? Not just for the BBQ, the secret to this delicious dish is fiery chilli paste and a generous sprinkling of herbes de provence. You can tailor yours however you like, with bacon, burger sauce and cheese all tasty topping options. Try it with an aromatic pale ale, and be sure to use a squishy burger bun.