There are a few typical New Year’s Eve dinner dishes in Germany, most typically raclette and meat fondue. My family always does meat fondue:
Pots of cooking fat are brought to a rolling boil, and chunks of meat (for us this year veal, beef, two kinds of venison and boar) and mushrooms (shiitake are wonderful!) are speared onto skewers and boiled in the pots by hooking the skewers onto the rim. The cooked items are eaten with a variety of sauces (aioli, cumberland, barbecue, curry, horseradish and this year also my mom in law’s apple cranberry sauce that my wife made), pickled (cornichons, pumpkin, onions, etc.) and slices of bread. Delicious!
At midnight, there’s champagne, fireworks in everyone’s driveway, Bleigiessen (melting peaces of lead over a candle flame and dumping them in cold water – the shape you get tells your fortune for the new year!) and Berliner, a jelly-filled, sugar-dusted sort of donut:
Well, there were also left-over Christmas cookies…
Finally, on New Year’s Day, for breakfast there are Gluecksschweinwecken, sweet baked breads in the shape of pigs (which bring luck) with raisins for eyes and a marzipan clover (also for luck). New Year’s in Germany is full of marzipan pigs everywhere!
I hope you all had a great start into the New Year! What are your family’s traditions? Do you get to light fireworks yourself?