The summer heat is finally subsiding, and the hue of the afternoon light has shifted to a warm orange glow. The first day of Autumn has arrived. This slice of the year squeezed in between cobalt blue skies and holiday festivities is my favorite season. This time of year is very much about food and warm comforting dishes. Whether it’s pumpkin spice everything or satisfying meals best served on a cool evening, there is a certain progression to the season’s fare. The beginning of Autumn marks Oktoberfest and what better way to celebrate than with a cold beer and the Oktoberfest Vegetarian Sandwich.
One of the many traditions of Autumn is Oktoberfest. This 200+ year-old tradition began as the wedding celebration of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig who married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The celebration may have begun in Munich, Germany as a celebration of Bavarian culture but these days it’s a worldwide festival. Images of overflowing beer steins and meaty German food come to mind and while I’m more than happy to imbibe in the ales, my vegetarian diet doesn’t quite fit the cuisine of the celebration. There are a few options; Brezen (pretzels), Sauerkraut and Knödel (dumplings made of potato or flour) which at least provide some sustenance to go with the beer. If you’re at a festival these may be your only options but if you want to bring the festivities home this Octoberfest vegetarian sandwich is the perfect way to celebrate.
Schoolhaus Brewhaus: Vegetarisch Brotchen
This recipe is a knock off of the Vegetarisch Brotchen found at The Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville Oregon. I love this spot and try to stop by whenever I’m in the area. The restaurant is housed in a historic 1908 schoolhouse on a hill overlooking this charming gold-rush era town. The food is as delicious as the location is beautiful.
Sandwich Ingredients: Vegan or Vegetarian
The Octoberfest Vegetarian Sandwich has a simple list of ingredients that can be easily altered to accommodate a vegan diet by using vegan pretzel bread and vegan swiss.
- Pretzel roll
- Roasted beets
- Caramelized onions
- Swiss cheese (Daiya swiss is a good vegan substitute)
I’m a big fan of Trader Joes and found that all the ingredients for the vegetarian version can easily be found at this specialty grocer. Using the steamed baby beets cuts down the roasting time while the pretzel sticks are the perfect size for this sandwich. Farm fresh vegetables are also perfect for this sandwich. I use Farm Fresh to You which is a great CSA in California.
This easy Vegetarian sandwich makes getting into the Oktoberfest spirit fun for those of us who don’t want sausage with our beer. Speaking of beer, don’t forget to pair this sandwich with an Oktoberfest beer. Try the German Ayinger Oktober Fest Märzen or Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest collaboration with Germany’s Bitberger Brewery.
Oktoberfest Vegetarian Sandwich