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A bratwurst is a sausage usually composed of veal, pork or beef. The name is German, derived from Old High German brätwurst, from brät-, which is finely chopped meat and -wurst, or sausage. Bratwurst are usually grilled and sometimes cooked in broth or beer.

Left: Bratwurst with sauerkraut and potatoes.

How the sausage is served varies by region. In Thuringia, it is often eaten with hot German mustard in a bread roll or Brötchen. There and further south, the bratwurst is often served "pinched" in a bread roll, much like a forerunner of the American hot dog in a bun. It is a very popular form of "fast food" in German-speaking countries, often cooked and sold from small stands and street vendors. Recipes for the sausage can also vary; some sources list over forty different varieties of German bratwurst.

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Bratwurst is mentioned in documents for the first time in 1404 in Thuringia. The Thüringer Rostbratwurst is thus, perhaps, the oldest known Bratwurst in Germany. It is long (15-20 cm) and thin in shape. Traditionally, it is grilled over a charcoal fire and eaten with mustard and bread.

Left: Thüringer Rostbratwurst.



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