Date night German style

To celebrate the month of October I decided to have a German date night. German cuisine is renowned for their Wurst (sausages), Kartofelln (potatoes) and Sauerkraut (sour cabbage).

I bought the following German sausages:-

Landjäger sausages
Landjäger sausages

Landjäger means “land hunter” and is a semi-dried sausage with a salami type texture.

Debreziner sausages
Debreziner sausages

These are spicy sausages.

Knackwurst
Knackwurst

“Knack” translates to “Snap!” or “Crack!” and when you byte into these sausages you understand why.

Bockwurst
Bockwurst

This is a very traditional German sausage made from pork, although “Bock” translates to goat.

Bauernbratwurst
Bauernbratwurst

“Bauern” means “farmer” in German. So this is almost a peasant style Bratwurst.

I used Landjäger and Debreziner sausages for a starter platter which I served with rye bread, fresh asparagus (Spargel in German) slightly fried, cherry tomatoes and Senf (German mustard).

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For the man course I used the Knackwurst, Bockwurst and Bauernbratwurst. The Knackwurst and Bockwurst I slightly cut with a sharp knife and fried it in a pan.

All the German sausages fried together
All the German sausages fried together

For the Bauernbratwurst I made the following brine which I got from this recipe:

Ingredients of brine
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 15g fresh ginger, chopped
  • 440ml German (or Reinheitsgebot) light beer

Crush all the seeds slightly. Add all in a pot and bring to simmer. Prick the  Bauernbratwurst with a fork and add it to the brine. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove the sausages and fry it for another 3 minutes in the same pan you used for the other sausages. Cut it into 1 inch pieces.

Bauernbratwurst cooking in brine
Bauernbratwurst cooking in brine

For the Kartoffelsalat you will need the following:-

Ingredients for Kartoffelsalat
  • 16 (550g) jacket potatoes, cut in quarters, 5 minutes in the microwave
  • 230g bacon roughly chopped (I used home made bacon which I made here)
  • 130g fresh asparagus, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of German mustard (Senf)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fry the bacon until it is brown, then add the micowaved potatoes and asparagus. Fry for another 5 minutes. Transfer the contents into bowl, add the Senf and salt and pepper and mix it well. You are done!

The start of the Kartoffelsalat
The start of the Kartoffelsalat

Serve it all with with Sauerkraut and some vine tomatoes (which I fried with the sausages)

German date night main plate
German date night main plate

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