Having visited some German Christmas markets again this year, I got to sample even more delicious regional food. Similar to the food found at Oktoberfest, there are certain German staples that can be found year-round (think sausages and beer), but there is a lot that I had never seen or tried before last Christmas, so I thought I’d put together a guide as to what’s good to eat. Some of these items may not be available at every market around the country, while some are classic dishes that can be sampled almost anywhere.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first: sausages. You’ll find sausages at every German Christmas market (without exception), but the range and variety (and even quality) will differ. Expect to see bratwursts, bockwursts (similar to big hot dog sausages) and sausages made from a variety of meats including deer, pork and beef. Usually they’re served inside a small white roll, but sometimes the stall will have big baskets of bread laid out for you to help yourself to.
Kartoffelpuffers are like big hash browns. They are fried potato pancakes made with flour and egg and usually seasoned with onion and garlic. Traditionally, they are served with applesauce, but you can often also order them with a garlic dip instead.