12/20/2011 at 08:00 AM EST
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.
"We just have to break the law a little bit, but eventually someone's package gets through," she told Leno.
When pressed about the method, Bullock said with a smirk: "I'm not at liberty to divulge how we smuggle the sausage."
"When you put it that way," Leno said, "I don’t want to know."