Friday, July 11, 2014

German Currywurst with Homemade Curry Ketchup [Zack]

From an omniscient octopus to picking who has cuter jerseys, people have been trying their own ways of predicting the winner of the World Cup.  In my mind, the only fair way to decide the victor is to cook a famous food item from each country.  The more delicious of the two will decide the outcome of the 2014 World Cup.

I have chosen the ubiquitous Berliner snack food currywurst from Germany to go up against the Argentinean steak with a zippy chimichurri sauce.  Both are simple preparations of a basic nationally-loved food.  The Germans are known for their sausages and snack food culture, and the Argentinians are known for sitting around a campfire roasting huge hunks of meat on swords.  Seems like a fair fight.

In the end we decided that the Argentine steak with chimichurri sauce slightly edged out the currywurst.  It's therefore expected to be a close match on Saturday.

Here is the recipe for the currywurst.


Here are the ingredients:

Mince the shallot and garlic.  Add them to a sauce pot over medium heat with 1T of cooking oil.  Cook until fragrant and it starts to turn light brown.  Add the clove and the garlic and onion powder.  Cook 1 more minute.

Dump in the tomato sauce and all of the other liquids.  Stir to combine and add salt to taste.  You can reserve the curry powder to sprinkle on top if you don't want your whole batch of ketchup to be curry ketchup.  Cook the ketchup for 20 minutes.

Grill or saute the sausages until they are cooked through and golden brown.  I did this over low heat in a pan to make sure they cooked all the way through.

Slice the sausage into rounds, cover in your ketchup, and sprinkle curry powder on top.  Serve with toothpicks if it's for a crowd.  For a really authentic presentation, you can stop by your local friteur and beg for a plastic serving container.

1T canola oil or olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 whole clove
1T onion powder
1tsp garlic powder
3 cups tomato puree
2T molasses
1/2tsp salt
1tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2tsp fish sauce
2T sriracha
Curry powder for sprinkling on top
Currywurst sausages

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