I remember my first Christmas Eve dinner at my mother-in-law’s house. She apologized to me in advance for the meal. The main course is pictured here. It’s called “Potatis Skorv” and it’s a sausage made of pork, beef, potatoes, onions, and a few other spices. It doesn’t look delicious, does it? I searched for a picture that made it look good. This was the best one I could find.
She served it with cranberry sauce. I’ve heard others say plenty of ketchup is what saves it. My favorite go-with is a hot and spicy Swedish mustard we discovered at the local source for all things Scandinavian, the Nordic House on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. We’ve since found a better skorv source (cheaper, fresher, and great service) in Oakland; Taylor’s on Washington Street.
May I say that Skorv is an acquired taste and after many years of Christmas repasts, I have developed it. Now it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without Potatis Skorv on the table. Still, I will apologize to the potential partners of any of my children when it comes to their first Christmas Eve dinner with us. Then I’ll supply them with plenty of hot and spicy mustard and lots of white wine with which to wash it all down.
If you’d like to spice up your holiday meals, there are so many great multicultural groceries in the East Bay. Here’s a short list of places to find some international holiday favorites:
Buche de Noel (find it at any one of these French Pastry shops)
English and German Christmas Treats are plentiful at the Junket
Find Mexican treats at Las Montanas in San Pablo
Terrific Indian delights at Vik’s in Berkeley
Delicious and healthy Middle Eastern Food in Berkeley
And for Hanukkah treats, you can’t beat Saul’s in Berkeley. Very close to my Coldwell Banker office. Stop by and say hello!
There are many more, but with this list you’re off to a good start. Have a fantastic holiday!
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