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31 Days: Day 2 Spooky Silhouette
31 Days: Day 3 Mummy Cookies
31 Days: Day 4 Candy Corn Centerpiece
31 Days: Day 5 Decoupage Jack-o-Lantern
31 Days: Day 6 Sunflower Bouquet
31 Days: Day 7 Spider Cookies
31 Days: Day 8 Subway Art
31 Days: Day 9 Jack-o-Lantern in a Jar
31 Days: Day 10 Fabric Wreath
31 Days: Day 11 Pumpkin Bread
31 Days: Day 12 Start Your Day Off Right
31 Days: Day 13 Pumpkin Dip
31 Days: Day 14 Apple Cider Cups
31 Days: Day 15 Cinnamon Rolls
31 Days: Day 16 Make Your Own Pizza
31 Days: Day 17 Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle
Danke für Ihren Besuch!
Ok, my German is pretty limited, so unless you want me to continue by naming all of the vegetables and beers I know, we can stop there!
Today is my first day of my 31 Days series!
I'm kicking it off with a tribute to Bavaria and everyone's favorite…Oktoberfest!
So go change into your favorite lederhosen or dirndl, pour yourself a liter of your favorite Pilsner, Hefeweisen, Helles, or Dunkel, and follow along as I show you how to make Bavarian beer soup.
This is me at Oktoberfest a few years ago. We've been down to Munich for the festivities two of the four years we've lived here. It's an absolute zoo…and it's so much fun!
Today is October 1st and you probably think I'm starting my 31 days project with beer soup to coincide with the beginning of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest started on October 12, 1810 with the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend and celebrate. The next year, it was held as an agricultural show…and now, in its 178th year, it is the largest festival in the world. About six million people attend Oktoberfest during its 16 days and drink 1.5 million gallons of beer. Oktoberfest used to be during the month of October (hence the name!) but it was moved to September for warmer weather.
So, this is actually the LAST weekend of Oktoberfest this year. The fest will end on Monday, October 3rd this year. (Normally it would end on the first Sunday of October, but October 3rd is a national holiday…so the party continues for one additional day!)
We have a favorite German restaurant nearby that makes the most delicious beer soup. I was hoping to replicate their soup with this new recipe I found. It was definitely delicious, but it was actually nothing like the soup we know. We enjoyed it anyway!
I found this recipe on Suite 101 and decided to give it a try. First, I chopped up the onions...
Then, I got my handy-dandy spice bag ready. We have a few of these in our house at all times for when we make glühwein. (Don't worry, I'll show you once the weather gets cold!)
I filled the spice bag with the spices.
I also borrowed one of Romas' Pilsner beers. It's from Sperber Bräu - the restaurant that serves the beer soup. They actually have an entire meal made with their beer! It's pretty yummy! They make a Pilsner called Rosenberger Pils and it's Romas' absolute favorites. I used it in the soup.
I caramelized the onions in the saucepan - they smelled delicious!
Then I added the beer and the broth.
About 30 minutes later it was ready! It was pretty tough to wait while it was simmering. It smelled SO good! It was delicious, although it tasted nothing like the beer soup from Sperber Bräu! This soup reminded me a lot of French Onion Soup, so much so I was tempted to put bread and cheese in it!
Click HERE for the printable recipe.
Come back tomorrow for another Fun, Fall Project!