Bratwurst And German Potato Salad Recipe

Bratwurst And German Potato Salad Recipe

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One of my favorite meals is a German Bratwurst and a potato salad. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where German Bratwursts are considered a staple.

In Germany, bratwurst holds a special place in the culinary traditions of various regions. Each region has its unique take on the bratwurst, using different spices and meats. Many times, the bratwurst is served with the classic German Potato salad. Read one as we explore the bratwurst and potato salad, and share your family’s German Potato salad recipe with you.

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About The German Bratwurst

The German bratwurst, a mouthwatering sausage loved by meat enthusiasts worldwide, has a fascinating history that dates back several centuries. Developed out of necessity and refined through generations of tradition, this German culinary delight has become a staple in restaurants and homes.

Join us as we delve into the unique origins and enduring appeal of the bratwurst and discover why it continues to captivate the taste buds of meat lovers around the globe.

German Bratwurst With Cheese On Top

The Earliest Bratwurst History Explored

The exact origins of the bratwurst remain a subject of debate, but most historians believe it emerged in Germany many years ago. The people of Thüringen and Franconia, two German regions, have long contested which region can claim to invent the bratwurst.

Recently, a hobby historian, Heinrich Hollerl, unearthed a 600-year-old list of ingredients for Thuringian sausage, currently the oldest known recipe for German sausage.

Despite this discovery, the debate persists, with Hollerl suggesting that the Celts created the bratwurst and later introduced it to the Franconians and Thuringians.

The German Bratwurst Today

Today, the bratwurst has achieved widespread popularity and captivating palates across continents. Over the centuries, various regions have developed their unique styles and sizes of bratwurst, resulting in diverse flavors and preparations.

The bratwurst has become a cherished culinary icon from Europe to the United States, particularly in Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Michigan. It continues to be enjoyed by people of different cultures and backgrounds, proving its enduring appeal.

The Art Of Bratwurst Making

Crafting a bratwurst involves combining quality ingredients and traditional techniques passed down through generations. Typically, pork or a mixture of pork and beef is ground and seasoned with marjoram, nutmeg, ginger, and white pepper.

The mixture is then stuffed into natural casings made from pig intestines. Bratwursts are commonly cooked by grilling, frying, or simmering in beer, which enhances their flavor and imparts a unique taste. The result is a savory, juicy sausage that satisfies meat lovers’ cravings.

German Bratwurst Beyond Borders

While Germany remains the heartland of the bratwurst, its popularity has transcended national borders. German immigrants brought their culinary traditions to various parts of the world, including the art of making bratwurst.

As a result, the bratwurst has found its place in the United States and other countries with significant German influences. It has become a staple in festivals, fairs, and outdoor gatherings in America, often enjoyed on a bun with sauerkraut and mustard.

Additionally, modern variations of the bratwurst have emerged, catering to diverse dietary preferences, including vegetarian and vegan options.

The bratwurst’s rich history, diverse regional variations, and enduring popularity reflect its status as a beloved culinary treasure. Whether enjoyed in a traditional German beer garden, at a bustling food market or prepared at home, the bratwurst brings people together and evokes a sense of community and celebration.

Its versatility and mouthwatering flavor continue to captivate meat lovers worldwide, reminding us of the power of culinary traditions and the joy derived from a simple yet satisfying meal.

So, the next time you savor a well-made bratwurst, take a moment to appreciate the centuries of history and craftsmanship behind this delectable sausage.

About The German Potato Salad

Potato salad is a beloved dish enjoyed by people around the world. While its exact origins may be difficult to pinpoint, it is widely believed to have originated in Germany, spreading across Europe, the United States, and later to Asia.

In particular, the American version of potato salad owes its roots to the recipes brought to the United States by German and other European immigrants during the nineteenth century.

German Potato Salad

German Origins And European Spread Of The Potato Salad

The journey of potato salad begins in Germany, where it is believed to have originated. Germans have long had a deep appreciation for potatoes, introduced to Europe in the late 16th century. Potato salad became popular in Germany during the 18th and 19th centuries as a hearty and affordable dish.

The traditional German potato salad, known as “Kartoffelsalat,” typically features boiled potatoes, vinegar, oil, onions, and herbs. Over time, variations emerged across different regions of Germany, incorporating local ingredients and culinary preferences.

As Germans migrated and traveled throughout Europe, they brought their love for potato salad. The dish quickly gained popularity in neighboring countries, including Austria, Switzerland, and France, where it became an essential part of their culinary traditions.

Each region added unique twists, such as the French adding mustard or the Austrians incorporating bacon. Today, many of these recipes have merged as different regions and countries share ingredients and tastes.

The Influence Of European Immigration On American Potato Salad

The United States became a melting pot of cultures during the nineteenth century, with waves of immigrants arriving from various European countries. German immigrants, in particular, brought their culinary traditions, including their beloved potato salad recipes.

10 Delicious Reasons We Can’t Get Enough of Bratwurst and German Potato Salad

  1. A Flavorful Upgrade: Bratwurst and German potato salad are a delightful upgrade from the typical hotdog and fries combo, offering a richer and more complex flavor experience.
  2. Perfect Taste Combination: The savory taste of bratwurst perfectly complements the tangy and slightly sweet German potato salad, creating a mouthwatering combination.
  3. Cultural Culinary Experience: Enjoying bratwurst and German potato salad is a great way to experience traditional German cuisine and culture right from your plate.
  4. Versatile for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a festive Oktoberfest, or a cozy family dinner, this combo fits perfectly into any culinary setting.
  5. Rich in History: Bratwurst and potato salad have a rich history in German cuisine, offering a taste of culinary traditions passed down through generations.
  6. Variety of Flavors: Bratwurst comes in various flavors and seasonings, offering something for every palate, while German potato salad can be enjoyed warm or cold, each version having its unique appeal.
  7. Comfort Food Factor: Both dishes epitomize comfort food, providing warmth, satisfaction, and homely goodness with every bite.
  8. Ideal for Sharing: This duo is perfect for sharing at gatherings, fostering community and togetherness.
  9. Nutritional Balance: Together, they offer a balance of protein, carbs, and fats, along with the option to include vegetables in the potato salad for added nutrition.
  10. Easy to Customize: Both bratwurst and German potato salad can be easily customized to suit individual tastes, whether you prefer extra mustard, onions, or a special herb blend.

Bratwurst and German potato salad together are not just a meal; they’re an experience that combines taste, tradition, and the joy of sharing good food.

Our German Potato Salad – A Family Recipe

My mother frequently made this old family recipe when we had German Bratwursts at our home in Wisconsin. Like many recipes passed down between families, this recipe may have some unique ingredients for our family tastes.

One of the great things I love about this potato salad is its vinegar taste.

Unlike American potato salads, this salad should be served hot and not cold.

Bratwurst And German Potato Salad Recipe

Our Family’s German Potato Salad Recipe

Bratwurst And German Potato Salad Recipe

Recipe by Anita L Hummel
Course: UncategorizedCuisine: GermanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 9 Medium Potatoes Peeled and Sliced

  • 6 Slices Bacon

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onions

  • 2 Tablespoons Flour

  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar

  • 2 Teaspoons Salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed

  • 3/4 Cup Water

  • 1/3 Cup Vinegar


  • Start peeling and slicing the potatoes, then boil them until fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, in a frying skillet, sauté the bacon and onions.
  • After the bacon and onions are well cooked, incorporate the remaining ingredients.
  • Finally, add the boiled potatoes to the mix and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Grill Bratwursts until fully cooked.
  • Serve potato salad with grilled bratwurst.


  • I need to credit my mother, Anne-Marie Hummel, for this recipe. Growing up, this was always my favorite potato salad.

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