Start by serving a delectable German-inspired meal. Sauteed bratwurst are succulent when paired with braised sauerkraut, soft onions, and sweet apples. A classic vinegar-based potato salad is a filling and savory side dish. To get these recipes please keep reading.
The cased sausages, which are especially popular during tailgating season, are grilled or simmered in beer, then served with grainy mustard and other condiments on a hard roll.
At a recent outdoor festival, a friend of mine ordered this sandwich, called the "Gutbuster," from a barbecue stand. The soft bun was piled with three kinds of meat — beef brisket, pulled pork, and beer-braised bratwurst — and topped with spicy sauce. Though it looks kinda gross, I have to admit that it was full of delicious flavor. Would you dare to bust your gut with this monstrosity?
In the world's oldest cookbook, The Apicius Cookery, the sausage making process is described, making it one of the earliest forms of processed meat known to mankind. Today the bratwurst, perhaps the most popular sausage, is celebrated at the annual Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus, Ohio. It's disputable who is the official bratwurst capital of the world; Bucyrus claims to be, as does Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Although Sheboygan is the home to the largest bratwurst manufacturer, Bucyrus' festival has made the city famous. Since I can't get to the festival, it looks like I'll have to order a brat the next time I go to Top Dog at a Cal game. If anybody makes it to the festival, please post pics!