According to The Daring Gourmet, goetta, or Cincinatti sausage grain patties, is a melange of meat, oats, onions, and spices that are shaped into patties, fried, and served for breakfast, typically alongside eggs. Of German origin, goetta’s name comes from the words “grötte” or “grütze,” which translate to “groats.” A peasant dish, goetta was a way to stretch expensive but tasty meat with inexpensive but filling grains. In its home country, The Daring Gourmet notes, goetta would have been prepared with local buckwheat, barley, or rye, but in the New World more common oats were substituted.
Once a big pot of oats was stirred together with plenty of ground meat, the mixture would be left to cool and coagulate, then sliced and fried up in a pan until crisp (via The Daring Gourmet). Think of goetta as Cincinnati’s version of Philly’s scrapple. And the Queen City has nothing but love for this mix of a dish.