Did you know there are over 1,500 Different Wurst Meats? But what are the best Wurst kinds?
Probably like most of you, we had no idea. No worries though, because you’ll most-likely never experience them all.
Wurst is a German specialty and a big part of German cuisine. Worldwide, Germany offers the largest selection of wurst. From Blutwurst to Weisswurst, from Frankfurters to Salami. While not all varieties of Wurst are available here in the U.S., most local German delicatessen have a large variety of delicious German sausages and cold cuts to choose from.
Choices. Choices. Choices. The top favored Wursts (in these United States of America) are…
Bratwurst and Rostbratwurst is a sausage made from finely minced pork and beef and usually grilled and served with sweet German mustard and a piece of bread or hard roll.
Thüringer Rostbratwurst – spices are marjoram, caraway, sometimes garlic and the sausage is formed using casings from pig intestines. These sausages are large and usually grilled.
Nürnberger Rostbratwurst – smaller (pinkie-finger-sized) bratwurst sausages, flavored with marjoram and a source of great national (for the state of Franconia) pride. Served six at a time, grilled, with sauerkraut and potatoes with a side of horseradish cream.
Blutwurst, or blood sausage, is made with congealed pig or cow blood and contains fillers like meat, fat, bread or oatmeal. It is sliced and eaten cold on bread.
Bockwurst originated in Frankfurt and is made from veal with some pork or other meats and flavored with salt, pepper, and paprika. It is boiled and eaten with Bock beer and mustard. It looks like a curved hot dog.
Bregenwurst comes from Lower Saxony and is made of pork, pork belly, and pig or cattle brain. It is often stewed and served with kale. It is about the size and color of Knackwurst. Nowadays, Bregenwurst does not contain brain as an ingredient.
Short and stubby Knackwurst, or Knockwurst, sausages are often all-beef and flavored with garlic. They are sometimes smoked and then served traditionally with sauerkraut and potato salad.
Landjäger is a type of dried sausage made from beef, pork, lard, sugar, and spices. It is air dried and resembles a small salami. It does not require refrigeration and can be eaten cold or boiled.
Leberwurst, or Liverwurst, is usually made from pork with some pork liver and flavored in various ways. It is spreadable.
Leberkäse (literally “liver cheese“) from Bavaria is a type of sausage that does not contain cheese or liver. It is similar to a pink meatloaf with very finely minced corned beef, pork, and onions. It is spiced with marjoram and baked in a bread pan until a golden crust develops. Served freshly baked in 1/2 inch slices, many people also enjoy eating it cold.
Teewurst is an air-dried or raw sausage (like salami and Landjägerwurst) made from pork, bacon, and beef. After being smoked over beechwood, it then undergoes a fermentation much like yogurt to help preserve it. Teewurst got its name in 1874 from its inventor, Karoline Ulrike Rudolph, and was meant to be eaten at tea-time on open-faced sandwiches. Known for its mild and slightly sour flavor, the recipe is kept secret.
Gelbwurst means yellow sausage and takes its name from the saffron-colored casings used to make it. Gelbwurst is mildly spiced with lemon, mace, ginger, and cardamon. While it used to contain brain meat, it doesn’t anymore. It can be made from pork, bacon, beef or chicken.
Weisswurst (white sausage) is a traditional sausage of Southern Germany made with veal and bacon and flavored with parsley, onion, lemon, and cardamom. This sausage is boiled and eaten without the skin. Because it traditionally contains no preservatives, wei?wurst is usually eaten before noon with sweet mustard, beer, and soft pretzels.