Remember when I ask for German recipes about a month ago?
I received many really great suggestions. The time has come to start using them as our “Oktobereformania” is Friday, October 21.
[What, you ask, is that?]
The party is a celebration of fall, food, fellowship and the history of the Reformation, which is a pretty big deal in the Lutheran church.
Here are the four entrees we decided on and we’ll make these Thursday morning in my kitchen:
Two cooks will be making each of these first three recipes, then those who can stay longer will put together the Reuben rollups:
The remaining dishes will be made at people’s homes.
The side dishes are red cabbage salad, sour cream cucumbers, onion pie and German potato salad.
For desserts, we are serving Black Forest Cream Cheese cupcakes, German Apple Cake, Apple Streudel and a fat-free Black Forest Pudding.
I’ll let you know how the group cooking goes; I think my cooking classes With Chef Dolores will be a great help in getting it all set up tonight
and ready to cook tomorrow.
I forgot to mention that we are expecting 50 people. The foods will be served bite-size, appetizer-style. We have invited the Hispanic
congregation and they are a little leery about the German foods! I do hope they love our choices.
UPDATE: Thursday - 9:30 a.m. The cooking crew arrives and the preparation begins. The three stations were set up
and all ingredients were laid out for each recipe. Two gals on each food helped the process along, but we still worked three hours on the main dishes. With a break for pizza at noon, the last gal left around 3:00 after the roll-ups were assembled in 30 minutesor
less. The gals were great with clean up: my stove hasn't looked this good for weeks!
Friday morning - Time to make the strudels, caggage salad, onion pie and sour cream cucumbers. I had not used puff pastry before,
so the first 2 strudels looked like they had been hit by a semi out on I-10! The last four were pretty decent looking.
Puff pastry is much more forgiving than phyllo dough, IMHO.
Friday afternoon - We loaded the car with the food, tables and chairs and set out for the party site. The hayride was a huge success;
Al played his banjo on the trip, and everyone sang along. The Hispanics were really brave in trying all the foods - even their kids were good about trying most everything. The Anglo kids - not so brave! They stuck to the hotdogs and chips.
After the meal, we had a sing-a-long and it was wonderful singing one verse in Spanish and the next verse in English...We tried one
German song, but no one could sing it right! After the benediction, we said the Lord's Prayer together in English and Spanish and amazingly we ended at the same time.
The party's over...and it was a rousing success. All the foods were really popular except for the sauerbraten meatballs(too sour)
and the red-cabbage salad (also too sour). The wienerschnitzel, the runza and the roll-ups were a hit. The onion pie was popular but the apple strudel, the black forest cheese cakes and the apple cake were the best liked of all the foods!!