German Sausage With Curry Ketchup (Currywurst)

German Sausage With Curry Ketchup (Currywurst)

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
209 Calories
7g Fat
34g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 209
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 7g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Germans take tremendous pride in their sausages, known around the world for their flavor. Many recipes for German sausage are closely guarded family secrets, while others are hotly contested for their authenticity. Some are served on a roll, as Americans serve hot dogs, but others are eaten with a knife and fork, depending on how fancy the meal is.  

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German sausage with curry ketchup, known as currywurst, is the number one street food or fast food known as imbissbuden. Vendors sell them at street fairs and carnivals, and they're a great introduction for those unfamiliar with this ubiquitous German delicacy.

It starts with a grilled sausage (Berliner currywurst is a pork sausage which resembles a hot dog, while other cities might use bratwurst) and curry-flavored tomato ketchup.

A good currywurst is made with good-quality sausage that is grilled hot, and the ketchup should have body rather than being the thin, watered-down stuff found in squeeze bottles.

Included below is a recipe for homemade ketchup that starts with tomato paste, just in case you don't have any ketchup on hand.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup apple (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped fine)
  • Water (to thin tomato paste)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice (ground)
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons curry powder (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ginger (freshly grated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 4 to 6 links sausage (bratwurst or knockwurst or old-fashioned butcher-style frankfurters)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this German dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    German Sausage With Curry Ketchup (Currywurst) ingredients

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  2. In a medium saucepan, add the oil, onion, and apple and sauté until onion is translucent.

     oil, onion, and apple in a pan

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  3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.

    garlic added to the mixture in the pan

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  4. For a more elite taste, add the spices to the garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until spices are fragrant.

    add spices to the mixture in the pan

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  5. Otherwise, pour in 1/2 cup water and deglaze the pan.

    use water and deglaze the pan with the vegetables and spices

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  6. Add the tomato paste, honey, allspice, curry powder, vinegar, ginger, bay leaf, and pepper.

    Add the tomato paste, honey, allspice, curry powder, vinegar, ginger, bay leaf, and pepper to the mixture in the pan

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  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or longer, adding water to reach desired consistency.

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  8. Remove bay leaf and blend with an immersion blender for a smooth sauce, or leave chunky if desired.

    sauce in a pan

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  9. Keep sauce warm or rewarm it when ready to serve.

    sauce in a pan

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Grill the Sausage

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    German Sausages on a plate

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  2. Grill sausage links and then cut into 1-inch bites and serve with hot sauce.

    cooked sausage cut into pieces

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  3. Alternatively, score the sausage links on the diagonal and grill to create more crispy surface area and then slice.

    cooked sausage cut into pieces

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  4. A third approach would be to slice the link on the diagonal but leave it whole after grilling for the diners to cut as they wish

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Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

Tip

  • Unlike other varieties of German sausage, currywurst is not traditionally served on a bun or a roll, but French fries are a frequent accompaniment.

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