Before we get into our weisswurst recipe, let’s take some time to really understand what this recipe is and its cultural impact. Weisswurst, or white sausage, is a Bavaria specialty. They are short and greyish white-colored sausages made by mixing finely minced veal and back bacon in a food processor or meat grinder.
The mix of the white sausage is then stuffed into pork casings using a sausage stuffer. Seasonings typically used when making weisswurst include parsley, onions, nutmeg, cardamom, mace, ginger, and fresh lemon. They have a firm but bouncy bite and texture with a very mild taste.
The History of Weisswurst
Weisswurst was created in Munich by a butcher named Sepp Moser in 1857. He was working in the restaurant’s kitchen, Zum ewigen Licht, located next to his butcher shop. Thick sausage skin was used to make the traditional sausages he always made. However, the guest of the restaurant didn’t want to wait a long time for their meal.
So, he used the thin skin he had to fill the remaining sausages, afraid that they would split. Instead of frying the sausages, he instead warmed them in a pot of salted warm water for ten minutes.
The original recipe contained lean calf meat, bacon, herbs, and spices. He added in some freshness with the addition of lemon and parsley.
How to Eat Weisswurst
Weisswurst is often served warm. Since they are already precooked, you simply have to slowly reheat the white sausage in a pot of salted hot water. It takes about ten minutes to warm the sausage all the way through.
The hot water you use should stay around 70-degrees, and you should not allow the water to boil. If the water boils, the casing of the sausage can split or break, and this can potentially affect the overall flavor of your white sausage.
When it is time to eat the sausage, cut off the tip and suck the sausage out of its casing. You can also choose to make a long slit in the sausage and pull away the sausage casing with your fingers or a knife and a fork.
What to Serve with Weisswurst
You will find your weisswurst is best served in a tureen in its own cooking water. It is best eaten when accompanied by a soft pretzel, sweet mustard, and a half-liter of Hefeweizen. This is a light wheat beer that Germans say is good for digestion. Any other Bavarian beer will pair well with this dish also.
Weisswurst can also be made with sauerkraut, red cabbage, and potato mash or potato salad, and beer braised onion if you are looking for some real homemade comfort food.
What Is the Shelf Life of Weisswurst?
Weisswurst will keep up to a week in the refrigerator if stored in its original vacuum-sealed packaging if you purchased it from the store. If you make the weisswurst yourself, the uncooked fresh sausage can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days. Cooked sausage can be kept refrigerated for three to four days.
Here is an easy-to-follow recipe when you want to make your own fresh weisswurst at home.
- 5 lbs. veal
- 1 oz. ground mustard seed
- 5 lbs. lean pork butts
- 1 Tbsp. ground white pepper
- 3 1/2 oz. non-fat dry milk
- 1 tsp. ground celery seeds
- 3 1/2 oz. salt
- 1 tsp. mace
- 3 1/2 oz. soy protein concentrate
- 1 oz. powdered dextrose
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 qt. ice water
- 1 tsp. dry parsley
Grind meat through a 1/4″ or 3/8″ grinder plate. Add all the ingredients except for the water and mix thoroughly until evenly distributed. Place the meat in the food processor adding the water as you go. This will help emulsify the meat.
Stuff into a 32-35mm hog casing and make into 5″ to 6″ links. Place into 160-degree F water and cook until an internal temperature of 170-degrees F is met. Then shower the sausage with cool water until the internal temperature falls to 75-degrees F. Place in cooler overnight before using.
Pan fry these brats until browned. For a delicate, crunchy coating, cover the sausages with milk for 10 minutes, then coat the sausages with flour. Brown the sausage in a skillet with vegetable oil.
Serve with German bread or a crusty roll and spicy mustard, sweet mustard, or horseradish sauce.
Still have questions about this delectable white sausage? Read on for answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about weisswurst.
Can you eat the skin of weisswurst?
The skin of your weisswurst should never be eaten. Most sausages in Germany can be eaten whole, skin and all, but weisswurst must be carefully removed from the skin before it is consumed. The skin of the white sausage is much thinner than other traditional German sausages.
What is the difference between weisswurst and bratwurst?
Bratwurst is a mostly pork sausage, while weisswurst is a mostly veal sausage native to Munich. It is also a specialty from Bavaria that does taste much better than it looks.
How do you tell if German sausage is cooked?
To tell if your weisswurst is cooked after it is heated in salted water, you can insert a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Its internal temperature should reach 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is the best German sausage for grilling?
Bratwurst and knockwurst are the best sausages for grilling because they have much thicker skin. Weisswurst should only be heated in hot water that is not boiling or gently pan-fried. The high heat of a grill could cause the sausage casing to split.