updated 12/20/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/20/2011 AT 10:05 AM ET
For many families, the holidays involve a perhaps stressful trip to the grocery store, but that’s nothing compared to Sandra Bullock’s Christmas dinner, which entails illegally importing sausages from Germany to continue a meal tradition started by the actress’s mother.
“Since my mother passed, we break the law, because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country, and apparently bringing meats across the waters is against the law,” Bullock, 47, told Jay Leno during an appearance on The Tonight Show. “You fry ‘em up with some sauerkraut and potato salad, but they have to be the right ones.”
The Oscar winner, who is making the rounds to promote the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, said her family sends out an “SOS” to a handful of loved ones overseas to send the meats over to the U.S.