Oktoberfest Gut Essen, Holy Horseradish!
October 4, 2016
- Oktoberfest Continues
- Prost! Oktoberfest Bier und Wein
- Holy Horseradish! The Root of Great Flavor
Some of the most popular items on this year’s menu:
Gulaschsuppe, a rich beef and potato soup seasoned with paprika and caraway, is always a good start to the meal. Our recipe came from our very own staff member Gloria, who originally hails from Deutschland. Oktoberfest or not, this hearty German soup is a delicious and warming dish to enjoy as the nights get cooler.
Sauerbraten, made from local Hidden Pond beef, is the other runaway favorite. Tender, braised local beef that has been marinated for days in red wine, vinegar & spices—some folks describe it as “melt in your mouth.” Served with spaetzle and red cabbage, you can’t get much more German than this dish.
Our Oktoberfest menu will continue through mid-October, so come in and enjoy some of the favorites as autumn settles in. Our Oktoberfest features are available in addition to our full dinner menu daily after 4:30pm. Gut Essen!
Prost! Oktoberfest Bier und Wine
We can’t resist completing our feature menus with beverages to match, and Oktoberfest is no exception. Whether you enjoy the Local Sauerbraten or the lighter Bierfisch, we have a pairing fit for your meal!
Munich’s annual Oktoberfest begins every year at 12:00pm on September 21 with a twelve-gun salute and the tapping of the first Oktoberfest beer keg by the Mayor of Munich, who then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State Bavaria. That may be the highest public honor beer has ever received!
Traditional German Oktoberfest beer must meet strict criteria. It must be brewed inside the city limits of Munich, contain a minimum of 6% alcohol by volume, and adhere to the "German Beer Purity Law," or the Reinheitsgebot. Surprisingly, true Oktoberfest beer is also a Märzenbier, which means it's brewed in March and then kept in cold cellars to drink in later months. Traditional Oktoberfest beers are typically dark amber in color, malty with minimal hoppiness, and have a touch of sweetness. We are currently pouring Spaten Oktoberfest (but our selection will change!), a true Oktoberfest beer. Our rotating draft beer selection is also featuring some Pennsylvania beers made in the Oktoberfest style--some you might see come from Otto's, Erie Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing.
If you prefer wine to pair with your dinner, we are also currently offering St. Michael Riesling Spatlese by the glass. The grapes for this wine are cultivated in Rheinhessen, the largest of Germany’s thirteen wine regions. Spatlese means that it is a late-harvest wine and the resulting product is riper and sweeter than some German Riesling classifications, such as Kabinett, but not as sweet as others, such as Auslese. This particular wine reveals a beautiful aroma of flowers and candied grapefruit, and a round body with wonderful acidity, adding a crispness that balances out the sweetness.
Holy Horseradish! The Root of Great Flavor
Autumn and winter are times when edible roots—potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets—get their chance in the spotlight. Horseradish is another flavorful root that gets its time to shine as the nights get longer. While most of us are familiar with horseradish's piquant aroma and sharp spiciness, we thought you might enjoy some fun and interesting facts about this root with the confusing name:
- Horseradish is not technically a radish; it is actually in the mustard family.
- Ironically, it is toxic to horses!
- Grated horseradish can tarnish silver, so beware what you serve it in.
- Oddly, since horseradish is typically harvested in spring and summer, July is National Horseradish Month.
- It is super low in calories and has no fat (1 tablespoon contains 7 calories), so it is a wonderful way for the weight-conscious people to add a punch of flavor to dishes.
- This root boasts a number of health benefits: it has been used as an anti-inflammatory, a relief for sinus discomfort, soother of nerves, and a diuretic. It is said to contain agents that facilitate digestion, help treat urinary tract infections, and help the liver detoxify carcinogens, among other amazing things!
Look for horseradish on Harrison’s menu! It’s a key ingredient in a new dish on our dinner menu: Jezebel Pork. Jezebel Sauce is a classic Southern chutney that combines pineapple and horseradish in a sweet & spicy sauce that goes great on grilled or roasted pork. You can also look out for Horseradish-Crusted Salmon on our upcoming Autumn Harvest Menu. Enjoy the flavors and the health benefits of this surprising root!