Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

Das Fastfood mit Currysoße, meine Damen und Herren

This week's foray into the wonderful world of post-pub nosh examines a street food classic from the undisputed masters of pig-in-a-tube products - the Germans.

While Germany is famed for its wursts, it took a post-war fusion cuisine experiment to push the envelope of wobbly dining invention and create the legandary "currywurst".

The story goes that in 1949, Berliner Herta Heuwer snaffled some curry powder from occupying British soldiers, mixed it with stewed tomatoes, and slapped the result over fried pork sausages, punting the result from a street stall.

The currywurst gradually rose to become a national institution, its appeal also reaching around the globe. With 800 million servings sliding down German throats every year, it was inevitable that readers who'd tasted its delights would insist that we present it to the uninitiated.

And we're happy to do so. There's no hard-and-fast recipe for a currywurst sauce, and plenty of opinions on what constitutes the ultimate mix, so after a bit of kitchen alchemy, we came up with a variant which seems to hit the spot.

Here are our ingredients...

The ingredients to make currywurst sauce

...namely:

  • 30ml olive oil
  • 80ml red wine vinegar
  • 30g curry powder
  • 15g hot paprika
  • 400g tinned peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 10g sugar
  • 1 medium onion, chopped

This is sufficient to make sauce for around 4-6 bratwurst, so get a pack of those in, and have the usual salt and pepper ready to season to taste.

Onwards to die Küche:

The six steps in preparing the currywurst sauce

Our finished sauce looked like this, and tasted rather good:

The finished currywurst sauce

It had quite a kick, so if you're tempted to substitute hot curry sauce for the mild, proceed with caution.

Now, fry up some bratwurst...

Two bratwurst frying in the pan

... and slice (the traditional method) or leave whole, douse with sauce and serve with chips.

The plate of currywurst and chips

Nice one. As noted, the sauce bites, and if you follow local custom and sprinkle a little more curry powder on top, you're venturing into ring-burner territory.

Close-up of the finished currywurst

Despite the burn, there's a pleasing touch of sweetness offered by the sugar and as for the rest of the platter, well, it's got pork sausage and chips. What more do you want?

Since the sauce can be prepped in advance and kept in the fridge for immediate deployment via the microwave, this is perfect post-pub grub, assuming you can handle frying the bratwurst. Depending on how many ales you've imbibed, it might be a good plan to forego firing up the chip pan. If in doubt, consult our Noshographic procedural flowchart. ®

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