As I mentioned in my last blog post, we took a trip to Germany this past holiday season. Of course, in addition to the interesting sights, we loved the cuisine! Here’s one German food we recently fell in love with: Weisswurst, a traditional fresh, white sausage.
In Germany, Weisswurst is something you would traditionally have early in the day as it doesn’t contain nitrates or preservatives and is very perishable. Also, unlike other sausages, you don’t eat the skin because the sausage is boiled instead of smoked. As Wikipedia explains, Weisswurst is, “made from minced veal and pork back bacon. It’s usually flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger and cardamom, although there are some variations. Then the mixture is stuffed into pork casings and separated into individual sausages measuring about ten to twelve centimeters in length and about two centimeters in thickness.” Trust me – it tastes as good as it sounds!
Weisswurst is often served with sweet mustard, indicative of Bavaria (it’s the best!). It’s especially tasty when served alongside a fresh-made pretzel and beer. When it comes to eating Weisswurst, there are a few options:
- Cut or bite each end, then suck the meat out from the skin.
- Cut the sausage the long way and then pull the meat out from the skin with a fork.
We haven’t tried making Weisswurst ourselves yet, but we were able to find a local deli that sells the sausage and sweet mustard: Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats in Los Altos, CA. In addition to Dittmer’s fantastic variety of German and American sausages, we were pleased to find a large selection of other cuts of meat that grabbed our attention, including a pork roast that we smoked, and boneless beef ribs that were excellent baked in the oven.
What else did we enjoy about our trip to Germany?
A popular drink on most of the restaurant menus (no matter what city we visited) is called the “Raddler.” It’s ½ house beer and ½ lemon-lime soda or carbonated water. It was, surprisingly, very good! This was my go-to beverage of choice as it was near impossible to find iced tea and we weren’t big fans of any of the red wines we tried.
I am, however, in love with the Rieslings we sampled, especially the local Sparkling Riesling we found from the Baden-Baden region that was ½ the cost of French Champagne! If I could have, I would have sent home a case!
Have you ever tried Weisswurst? What did you think?
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