World Cup: What to serve when Germany is on the field
June 16, 2018
If you’re wondering what to serve when Die Elf are playing, I’ve got you covered with a variation on the classic Berlin currywurst: Black, red, and gold currywurst skewers.
What could be better than German soccer? Not a lot, really, if you like soccer. We watch a lot of it because my husband is a huge German soccer fan. Of course, I had to give this recipe a bit more effort because of that.
This dish was also inspired by the German flag. I used food coloring to color a calves bratwurst for the “black.” I actually couldn’t find black food coloring, so I mixed equal parts of red, green, and blue. I used a cervelas (a typical Swiss sausage) for the “red,” and a curry bratwurst for the “gold” in the German flag.
A little background on currywurst
Currywurst consists of a bratwurst that is steamed then cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup. The dish is often served with French fries. Herta Heuwer is said to have invented the currywurst in Berlin in 1949, after she obtained ketchup and curry powder from British soldiers in Germany. Heuwer started selling the fast food, and it became popular with construction workers rebuilding the devastated city. At its height the stand was selling 10,000 servings per week. She later opened a small restaurant which operated until 1974.
On June 30, 2013, Google honored Heuwer’s 100th birthday with a Doodle.
Konnopke’s Imbiss (Fast Food Stand) in Berlin was the first Imbiss to sell currywurst in East-Berlin in 1960.
The Deutsches Currywurst Museum estimates that 800 million currywursts are eaten every year in Germany, with 70 million in Berlin alone.
The Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg runs its own butchery that produces 3.5 million currywursts per year, serving 1.6 million of them to Volkswagen employees.