Alsace evokes rich culinary traditions and gastronomic specialties, often of Germanic influence, which are best enjoyed in winter and during the holiday season. Discover our selection of Alsatian specialties, both sweet and savory, that will delight your palates and bring warmth and conviviality to your dinner tables throughout the winter season.
The region’s gastronomic symbol, choucroute garnie (garnished sauerkraut) is an excellent winter dish to enjoy with loved ones, which you can order at Goudy’s or sample at one of San Francisco’s German restaurants like Suppenküche or Radhaus.
An Alsatian speciality, Spätzle are simple, tasty flour and egg-based noodles. They can be prepared au gratin or plain, and can be ordered from Frenchery.
Alsace’s version of pizza, the traditional tarte flambée (Flammekueche in Alsatian) is made with lardons (bacon bites), onions and a mixture of fromage blanc and crème fraiche.
Etcetera, a French wine bar in San Francisco’s Noe Valley district run by an Alsatian woman from Mulhouse, serves an assortment of tasty tartes flambées and a fine selection of Alsace wines.
If you prefer to eat it at home, you’ll find a very good tarte flambée in frozen form at Trader Joe’s.
Pâté en croûte
Discover this specialty consisting of a pâté baked in puff or shortcrust pastry, sold in a variety of forms at the delicious Maison Nico.
A traditional Christmas delicacy, gingerbread cookies can be found in many forms at Lehr’s German store in Noe Valley.
Crémant d’Alsace, a delicately effervescent wine, is the perfect accompaniment to an aperitif or dessert. Taste it at the Etcetera wine bar in Noe Valley or order it from La Fromagerie de San Francisco.
A real star at Christmas markets, mulled wine is a traditional winter drink blending delicate spice flavors with tangy citrus aromas. Make this cozy and comforting beverage at home with this easy recipe.