Hi, there, friends! As Christmas is right around the corner, I have decided to create a special Christmas Food post for you. Do you want to immerse yourself in a German way of celebrating Christmas? Then what better way to do so, as to cook typical Christmas food? So, what is typical for Christmas?
There are so many different things! Let us start with Christmas Eve dinner! It is one of the most important parts of Christmas celebration. Typical food for the Christmas Eve dinner includes the main dish of roasted goose, duck, rabbit or chicken. However, for many families it is traditional to attend the Midnight Mass in church on this day, and therefore the dinner excludes meat consumption and is being replaced by smoked fish varieties. Main dish is typically served together with the side dish of Serviettenknödel (potato dumplings), Kartoffelpuffer (potato fritters) and red cabbage, or Sauerkraut. Personally, I love Serviettenknödel! They are simply amazing. But, again, I am Ukrainian, and we eat a lot of dumplings, which can explain that love of mine.
Christmas in Germany is also rich on drinks. Among most popular are Glühwein (mulled wine), Eierlikör (egg liqueur or simply eggnog), or Feuerzangenbowle (fire tongs punch – hot rum punch with mulled wine)! Usually you can find all of them in any Christmas market. They are served in a beautiful Christmas mugs. You often pay the extra 1-2 euros for the glass, and after you have option of either returning the glass and receiving your money back or keeping the glass for your special Christmas collection. It is simply amazing to grab one of those hot drinks on a cold winter day and enjoy them with your friends. If you prefer non-alcohol drink, they also sell hot cacao with cinnamon – just amazing as well as hot fruit punch.
There are few typical Christmas desserts that you are bound to try during Christmas in Germany! One of the most popular ones are Christmas Stollen (fruitcake)! Apart from Christmas markets, you can find this tasty pastry in almost every supermarket. The most popular one is Dresdner Stollen. Another typical Christmas desserts include Lebkuchen (ginger breads) and Plätzchen (Christmas cookies/biscuits). Some households also make Bratapfel (baked apples) for desserts or variation of Kartoffelpuffer with apple sauce. It is delicious – I tired it on Christmas Market many times – and I am in love. What I also enjoy is the number of different Christmas Chocolates in the supermarkets – mostly Chocolate Santa. I got so many of those this year! And what is your favorite German Christmas food?
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