Goetta: a German sausage made from ground meat and steel-cut oats. Never heard of it before? That’s because it’s native to the Cincinnati area.
You can find Goetta in grocery stores like we did (Kroger had it in the meat department), or it can be found at festivals totally devoted to Goetta: Glier’s GoettaFest, held in Newport, and the Original GoettaFest, held in MainStrasse Village in Covington, Ky. These festivals serve up Goetta in every way imaginable, from nachos to hotdogs and everything in between.
My husband made me breakfast in bed, featuring Goetta. It tasted a lot like your traditional breakfast sausage, but the oats are what sets it apart. And apparently make it difficult to cook. WARNING: Due to the high temperature at which the Goetta is cooked, the oats puff up and pop out of the sausage. Our kitchen was covered in puffy oats.
So if you want to try Goetta, come visit us in Cincinnati. We’ll make sure to take you to Glier’s GoettaFest Aug. 2 to 5.