German Recipes for Christmas Dinners and Holiday Parties

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.

Goose Breast with Potato Dumplings, Red Cabbage and Caramelized Chestnuts

A traditional German Christmas feast with potato dumplings and red cabbage as popular sides. Caramelized chestnuts add a refined touch to this flavorful meal.

Roast Goose with Liver Pate Stuffing and Redcurrant Glazed Peaches

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.

Side Dishes

Creamy Sauerkraut with Chives and Horseradish-Roasted Fall Vegetables

These two recipes make unique side dishes for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Holiday Strudel with Mustard Sauce

A great party treat ! Make sure to use genuine German imported Sauerkraut and mustard for an authentic experience!

Seasonal Desserts

Stollen Bread and Butter Pudding

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.

Almond-Cherry Souffles with Warm German Chocolate Sauce

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.

King of Hearts (Herz König)

Make this quick and easy dessert using Germany’s famed “Lebkuchen” gingerbread.

Baked Gingerbread Apples

Baked apples stuffed with chocolate and crumbled lebkuchen (gingerbread), garnished with whipped cream and crystallized ginger.

Baked Apples with Marzipan and Cranberries (Bratäpfel)

Another wonderful version of baked apples stuffed with marzipan and spiced cranberries.

Mini German Cheesecakes with Apricot Compote

Individual cheesecakes with a gingerbread cookie base and an apricot compote top.

Cherry, Quark and Pumpernickel Trifle

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.

Holiday Beverages

Non-Alcoholic Hot Fruit Punch (Kinderpunsch)

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.

Hot Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

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 (Fire Tongs Punch)

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.)

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