Vegetarian Cooking With Beer
Oktoberfest is a world famous celebration of good
German beer and pork sausages.  A weekend of
beer and bratwurst however can really pack on
the pounds.  To avoid that I've come up with these
vegetarian Oktoberfest recipes so you can savor
hearty German foods and still have room to enjoy
even more great beer!
Beer-Basted Tofurky Beer Brats
with Caramelized Onions and Hot Mustard

3 oz. canola oil
2 yellow onions, peeled, quartered, and sliced thin
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 oz. hot mustard
8 Tofurky Beer Brats
4 oz. Oktoberfest beer

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Sauté over low heat until
browned, soft, and caramelized. Season with the salt and pepper. Stir in the hot
mustard. Set aside. On a grill, cook the sausages, basting with beer every few
minutes. Serve the grilled brats with the caramelized onions.

Makes 4 servings
German Potato Salad

4 large potatoes, scrubbed
1 Tbsp. canola oil
5 slices Lightlife bacon strips
2 Tbsp. Florida crystals or unrefined sugar
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Oktoberfest beer
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Salt and pepper, to taste

Boil the potatoes until tender but still firm. Set aside to cool completely, then
coarsely dice.

Heat the oil in a skillet and cook the Lightlife bacon until crispy. Crumble the
bacon, set aside in a separate container, and reserve the oil.
In the same skillet, put the Florida crystals, flour, water, and vinegar. Stir to
combine, and cook until thickened.

Once this dressing is thickened, add the potatoes, “bacon,” and green onions to
the skillet and stir to coat the potatoes. Keep cooking until everything is heated
through and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Sautéed Green Apples and Leeks

2 large leeks, white parts only, thoroughly rinsed
2 tsp. margarine, preferably unsalted
2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 bottle Oktoberfest

Cut the leeks in half lengthwise and trim the bottoms, leaving a little of the root
end intact so that they stay together. Wash well and dry. Cut into thin strips, about
2 inches long.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tsp. of the margarine. Add the leeks
and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

In the same pan, melt the remaining 1 tsp. of margarine and add the apple slices.
Turn the heat to high and cook until the apples are lightly browned and softened,
about 3 minutes.

Return the leeks to the pan and toss together to combine. Serve immediately
while drinking the bottle of Oktoberfest!

Makes 4 servings
Give these recipes a try and you won't be
disappointed.  They are quick, easy, and fun to
cook.  And remember, when in doubt just use
more beer!
Be seeing you.....
For great beer and vegetarian food Elaine. recommends the
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant,
15 So. Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ
Elaine Alexander-  wine, beer and culinary writer
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