What to Eat at the German Christmas Markets

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.

Bratwurst

What To Eat At The German Christmas Markets

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.

Kartoffelpuffer

What to Eat At The German Christmas Markets

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.

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Sticky Toffee Muffins

Sticky Toffee Muffins - A muffin version of the classic British dessert!

Sometimes, you just want to cook a classic. As great as it is to experiment with new flavours and combinations, there are times when only some delicious, traditional comfort food will do. 

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Cafe Kaliber, Amsterdam

Cafe Kaliber Amsterdam - a review on hungryandconfused.com

There is a small restaurant in our neighbourhood that Scott and I have probably walked past several hundred times. Every evening when we walk the dog, we practically put our noses up against the glass like little kids and gaze at the menu and the people eating inside. 

On our previous two visits to Amsterdam and ever since we actually moved here back in April, we’ve walked past this restaurant and said “We really need to try that place.” But, being our usual selves, we never did.

Then suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, after I got offered a new job, we decided that it was time to go, as a little celebration meal.

The restaurant is called Cafe Kaliber and they sell only organic or locally-sourced food and drink. This even includes the wine, which contains no sulphates so “no hangovers in the morning” as the waiter said when he filled up my glass with a bubbly rose.

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Rustic Rosemary Whole Wheat Bread

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Sorry for the radio silence this week. I’ve been crazy busy with a new job that I just started, which has left little time to do anything else. Don’t get me wrong, though, I’ve still been cooking up a storm in the kitchen this week, but I just haven’t had time to blog about it!

Scott and I also bought a juicer this week, so we’ve been busy chopping, squeezing and juicing some fresh veggie juices and making lots of trips to the market, in an attempt to eat as many veggies as possible before all of the holiday indulgence we know is around the corner. Is anyone else doing the same? I don’t know how much it’ll help us once we’re scarfing down roast dinners and mulled wine, but hey, it made us feel good this week.

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