Knackwurst

Knackwurst (German pronunciation: [ˈknakˌvʊʁst] ( listen)) (in North America spelled knockwurst ( listen )) refers to a sausage type of northern German origin from the mid-16th century. The manifold available varieties depend on the geographical region of their production.

Knockwurst in the US

In North America, a knockwurst refers to a short, plump sausage originating from northern Germany. It contains ground veal, ground pork, and fresh garlic stuffed into hog casings.[1]

As part of the production process, the sausages are aged for two to five days, then smoked over oak wood. Knockwurst is often prepared highly seasoned.[2]

Knockwurst is sometimes cut in half lengthwise before serving,[3] for example when served on a sailor sandwich.[4]

Knackwurst in Germany

Numerous regional varieties of knackwurst exist in Germany. They all differ from knackwurst varieties sold in Austria. There, a knackwurst always refers to a sausage containing bacon and added potato starch. In addition to the term "knackwurst," common names are "Salzburger" or "Schübling."[5]

As a specialty in Hamburg, scalded Knackwurst served with mustard and half a slice of white bread is a popular snack for lunch. It is also sold at the Hamburger Dom, the largest Volksfest in northern Germany, under various, sometimes poetic, names like Domknacker, Hamburger Knacker, or Hafenlümmel (literally: harbour tyke).[6]

Etymology and pronunciation

The German noun Knackwurstwhich, in English, is sometimes corrupted as knockwurstcomes from the German verb knacken ( listen ) ("to crack") or the adjective knackig ( listen ) ("crisp"). This refers to the swelling of the sausage during the process of cooking, so that the skin becomes pressurized and balloon-like, and tends to "pop," often exploding the juices, when bitten into (authentic example:  listen ). The term ″Knackwurst″ came up in Germany the middle of the 16th century.[7] In Germany, all different kinds of Knackwürste are abbreviated Knacker ( listen ).[8]

See also

References

  1. "Knackwurst Recipe". Ichef.com. 2007-11-20. Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  2. Koch, Hermann; Fuchs, Martin: Die Fabrikation feiner Fleisch- und Wurstwaren. Ed. 22. Deutscher Fachverlag, Frankfurt/Main, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86641-187-6.
  3. "German Potato Salad with Knockwurst". Rachael Ray Show. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. "knockwurst". leniandviv.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  5. Ulrich Ammon, Rhea Kyvelos, Regula Nyffenegger (Ed.): Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen. Walter de Gruyter, 2004, ISBN 3-11-016574-0, P. 417 – „Knackwurst“
  6. Product description on the website of Salzbrenner Hamburg, retrieved on March 17th, 2016.
  7. Friedrich Kluge (Ed.): Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 24., durchgesehene und erweiterte Auflage. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-11-017473-1, P. 501.
  8. Ulrich Ammon, Rhea Kyvelos, Regula Nyffenegger (Ed.): Variantenwörterbuch des Deutschen, Walter de Gruyter, 2004, ISBN 3110165740, P. 417 - section „Knackwurst“
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