Serves 6 to 8
This paella is the ultimate camping meal. It’s warm and filling, and the smell will have you salivating for that first bite. While you probably wouldn’t make this unless you were car camping, lightweight dried spices and bouillon cubes simplify the packing.
"This paella is the ultimate camping meal. It’s warm and filling, and the smell will have you salivating for that first bite."
In large bowl, add saffron and bouillon cubes to 6 cups (1.5 L) water and set aside while bouillon cubes dissolve.
In paella pan or large cast iron pan, heat oil and add sliced sausage. Cook for 5 minutes over medium flame, until golden. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes, until onion is translucent, rotating the pan occasionally for even cooking (throughout the recipe). Stir in rice and coat in oil for 1 minute. Add wine and stir for 1 minute, until almost evaporated. Add tomatoes, smoked paprika, dried parsley, and the 6 cups (1.5 L) broth and simmer, uncovered, for 12 minutes over a medium flame. If paella looks dry, move pan away from the heat a little and add 1 cup (250 mL) water. You want a crust to form on the bottom, but you don’t want it to burn.
Meanwhile, rinse and debeard mussels, discarding any that are ajar and don’t close when squeezed together at the tip. Reserve in large bowl, but not in water or the mussels will die.
Taste rice mixture before adding seafood, and add salt and pepper to taste, remembering that seafood will add sodium naturally. Stir peas into rice mixture, then add cleaned mussels and shrimp. Cook for 15 minutes more. Cover pan only if there’s a breeze or if your fire isn’t strong enough to make mussels open.
Let cool for 5 minutes, covering if not already covered. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve with lemon wedges.
To make this dish into a vegan paella, use vegetable stock. Eliminate sausage and seafood and increase the vegetable quotient with some of your favourite vegetables, such as asparagus, and add mushrooms for a hit of umami flavour.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.
At Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, there are always people walking around selling large pretzels, says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who moved to the city in 2018. The large pieces of golden, twisted pretzel dough come topped with coarse salt for a savoury crunch with every bite. “They don’t come with any dipping sauce,” Gilles says, “but you could dip it in sauce if you had ordered something else”—say, the honey mustard or stone-ground mustard you might have with your bratwurst or sauerkraut balls. But don’t feel bad if you prefer to break from German tradition and dip them in caramel or tahini instead! There’s no need to flour a surface when rolling out your dough; the psyllium keeps it from sticking.