Authentic German Recipes for Christmas Holiday Entertaining
Roast goose frequently appears on menus all over Germany and is especially popular during the Christmas holiday season. Its dark, delicious and tender meat cooks to a light crispiness on the outside while the rich skin bastes the meat naturally.
A traditional German Christmas feast with potato dumplings and red cabbage as popular sides. Caramelized chestnuts add a refined touch to this flavorful meal.
Liver pâté makes for a special stuffing, dumplings made from rye bread stuffing provide substance and halved fresh peaches baked and glazed with sugar and red currants add a wonderful fruity touch.
These two recipes make unique side dishes for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
A great party treat ! Make sure to use genuine German imported Sauerkraut and mustard for an authentic experience!
If you just can't get enough of Germany's tempting Stollen fruit breads during the Christmas season then this recipe is for you! Use any Stollen, but the Edel-Marzipan filled one is particularly delicious. You should be able to find genuine German Stollen in your local market - look for stollen by Bahlsen, Dahli, Dr. Quendt, Elzer, Kuchenmeister, Lieken, Oebel, Otto Schmidt, Reimann, Schlunder, and Schwermer, to name just a few.
By themselves, these rich, flavorful soufflés are virtually fat-free. The German chocolate sauce is rich but not too sweet, as most German-produced chocolate contains a higher content of cocoa and less sugar than most American chocolate.
Make this quick and easy dessert using Germany's famed "Lebkuchen" gingerbread.
Baked apples stuffed with chocolate and crumbled lebkuchen (gingerbread), garnished with whipped cream and crystallized ginger.
Another wonderful version of baked apples stuffed with marzipan and spiced cranberries.
Individual cheesecakes with a gingerbread cookie base and an apricot compote top.
This quick dessert is ideal if you want to cause a stir at a dinner party. Make stunning layers in a chic plain glass serving bowl. Or for individual
servings, use elegant wine glasses.
Even though a cup of hot chocolate is a perfectly wonderful drink for children during the holiday season, this flavorful steaming concoction will make your younger family members and guests feel extra special. It goes especially well with scrumptious freshly-baked Christmas cookies.
At Christmas many German town centers have street markets with stalls selling cookies, arts and crafts, wooden toys and other festive items. Almost every street corner seems to boast Bratwurst and Glühwein stalls. It's amazing how revived one can feel after a small glass of warm, spicy red wine.
Feuerzangenbowle is arguably the most spectacular drink Germans like to prepare and savor during the holiday season. It is prepared in a fireproof bowl or pot which usually is suspended over a small fuel burner (specific sets are available but most large ovenproof container will work as well). The bowl is filled with heated red wine, orange juice (optional) and spices similar to those used in mulled wine. The Feuerzange is a metal holder for the Zuckerhut, a cone-shaped sugarloaf, available in the US at well-stocked specialty retailers who carry German products, a large conical mass of sugar around 7 inches in length, which is placed above the bowl. The sugar is soaked in rum and set alight, and rum is continually added with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. The rum must have a strength of at least 54% alcohol (per volume), as it would otherwise not burn properly. The resulting drink is then served in mugs, in the same way as Glühwein, and the burner keeps the bowl warm until it is emptied. (**Important note on safety: This recipe requires handling alcohol and open flames. Be extremely careful and proceed with caution.)