in my introduction-thread Alena asked for traditonal german Christmas meal. So I decided to write something about it here.
Originally Posted by Alena
Hi Marcus! I have been searching for German recipes so we'll have to trade! I am most interested in what is a traditional Christmas meal. We would love to visit your country at Christmastime. Both my husband and I have ancestors from Germany.
First of all you should know germans celebrate christmas quite different to americans, as i know.
In Germany we normaly celebrate all THREE days of christmas, and gifts were exchanged on christmas eve. For that reason many familys do only eat something that's easy to cook, and don't let them stay in the kitchen the whole day. As I was a little boy we often had "Saussages with potatoe-salad" on christmas eve.
For the first and second day of christmas most familys celebrate cooking and eating.
Typical Christmas Meals are:
-Carp with salted potatoes and Cucumber salad, citron and "Remoulade" (sth. like salad cream) and/or potatoe salad. In south germany the carp often is made with bread crump (?)
-Goose with "Rotkohl and Knödel" (red cabbish and dumpling
? ) with
a bound Sauce from the roast juice
More modern but very liked is "Schweinebraten" (Pig Roast/Ham (?)), Fondue or Raclette (don't know english words for that...do you know this?) For me, Fondue and Raclette is typical for new years eve... i won't have it for christmas anyway...
There are so many different recipes for the two traditional meals, i don't know where to start. But I'll try to translate my favourite recipes, hope it don't take to long.