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Nuremberg Sausages: A Big Reputation For Some Little Links

15 Oct

Each region in Germany seems to have its own sausage.  How many different sausages can there really be?  As it turns out, after hundreds of years of perfecting the art, German sausages really are as unique as the regions they come from.  So here is the first in a series, as I attempt one-sausage-at-a-time to gain some further insight into regional culture.

How Many Sausages Can You Eat?

Imagine going out to dinner and ordering 6, 8, 10 or even 12 sausages.  The first time I ordered Nuremberg sausages, I could not believe that you had to order a minimum of 6.  That is because I was imagining gigantic American brats, and did not know at the time that the Nürnberger variety look more like breakfast sausage links.  Part of what makes Nuremberg’s sausages unique is their size – only 7-9 cm long!

If you make it in a log cabin, I will buy it.

Traditionally grilled, these versatile little sausages can make for a hardy meal or a filling snack if you are on the go.  In restaurants, they are usually accompanied with potato-salad or sauerkraut.  Throw in a pretzel and a beer if you want to feel authentic.

Another popular way to eat these little pork-based bratwurst is in the form of a sandwich made of a roll (Brötchen) with three sausages and mustard.  This fast-food version is especially popular during festivals.  In fact, it is not even November yet and last weekend I noticed a sausage stand for Nuremberg’s Christmas market was already in place and open for business.  Who cares if Christmas is still three months away?  Who does not want to buy sausage from a stand that looks like a cozy little log cabin?  Although it may be too early for a full-fledged Christmas market, even in the town with one of the world’s most famous ones, I guess this proves that sausage plays by its own rules.