Christmas Eve German Style

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Like most families, ours has it's share of family traditions. One of those traditions happens on Christmas Eve, where we have a traditional German Dinner. This dinner always consists of Bayrischer Weißwurst (Bavarian White Sausage) Along with this sausage we have Brazen (pretzels), Bayrischer kartoffel salat (German potato salad served warm), and rote kohl (similar to sauer kraut only red and sweet). It's funny that this has become on of those must do family traditions (even though Mom and Dad says no one likes it, which is not true.)

What I like most about this tradition is the reminder of our heritage (my father is half German my Grandmother on my fathers side came here as a child from Germany and my Grandfather and Father both served a mission there and my even my mother's side of the family came from Germany in the 1700's .) So for me it is an opportunity to reconnect to my families past and share the experience with my children. Plus I really do enjoy the dinner, well not the rote hohl but everything else. Below I have attached some photo's of the different dishes and a video on how to cook Bayrischer Weißwurst. Let us know what you think and what are some of your family traditions at this time of year.

Bayrischer Weißwurst (Bavarian White Sausage)

rote kohl (similar to sauer kraut only red)

Bayrischer kartoffel salat (German potato salad served warm)

Brazen (pretzels)


Where to buy: Bayrischer Weißwurst (Bavarian White Sausage)

Original Bavarian Sausage (Tigard Oregon)
Edelweiss Sausage and Delicatessen (Portland, Oregon)

How To Cook And Eat Bavarian White Sausages(This is not an endorsement just a funny video my Father found and made each of us watch this year before we could eat dinner.)


Alli December 29, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

The pretzels and potato salad I can appreciate, but there is something unnatural looking about that white sausage - hope it's better than it looks.

Julie January 4, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

I agree with Alli- but I like to eat sausage in small quantities. The pretzels look yummy and so does the potato salad. I didn't know you had so much German in your family. I can see it in the eyebrows now. Ryan's side is mostly german so their family always has full eyebrows and now Dallin is our most german looking child because of his visible eyebrows. Mine are almost non-existant- I tell the kids I have to paint mine on!