– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Currywurst –
One of my first food truck experiences after moving to LA last year was the Currywurst Truck. There is one thing you might not know about me and it’s that I grew up near the German border at the east side of the Netherlands.
While growing up we often went to Germany for shopping on Dutch holidays. Ever since then I love German food: pretzels, german bread and currywurst. And while studying me and my best friend drove to Germany for grocery shopping at least once a month. It was just a 15-minute drive and I would stock up on alcohol because it was way cheaper than in the Netherlands. My favorites were a fig liquor named ‘Lüstige Feige’ and a wodka-lime kind of pre-mix called ‘Sauer power’.
In the German grocery store I would also stock up on chocolate big time. I always walked around like a kid in a candy store because the German chocolate aisles looked like the ones in America: meters and meters of chocolate, all different ones!
I would buy at least 10 bars of Rittersport Pfefferminz – which is… (yes!) my favorite: dark chocolate with a creamy mint filling.
Germany is my weak spot so when I saw the Currywurst Truck I knew I had to try it! Best of all: the moment I took the first bite of my currywurst it threw me back to that one point in history where my sister and I would eat currywurst in Berlin at the stand next to the Kaufhaus Des Westens – the KDW-, a big shopping mall in Berlin.
I love it how food connects with memories, how it connects with feelings you feel and places you have been to. That’s the power of food people! 😉
Besides the regular mayonnaise and ketchup we would always have a bottle of ‘curry gewürz’ at home, that’s a German curry ketchup. I always liked it but I never thought making it at home would be so much more delicious!
Because yes, currywurst is just a bratwurst in a German curry sauce – simple and yet so delicious!
The taste and smell of this currywurst brings back good memories!
- 2 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp curry powder
- 1 Tbsp paprika powder
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- salt to taste
- 2 bratwurst sausages
- dinner rolls for serving
- Heat the canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, for about 8-10 minutes.
- Add the curry powder and paprika powder and cook for another minute.
- Add the tomato sauce, sugar and red wine vinegar and add salt to taste. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the sauce through a sieve to take the onions out. Keep the sauce warm.
- Cook the bratwurst sausages in a skillet over medium-high heat until done.
- Cut them in bite-sized pieces and serve with the warm sauce. Sprinkle with extra curry powder and serve with a dinner roll.
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