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What is Bratwurst?

Definition: Bratwurst

Bratwurst is a type of uncured, fresh sausage made typically from pork, and less commonly with beef and veal. It originated in Germany, and remains popular there and in areas of the American Midwest. While no standard recipe exists for brats, as they're affectionately called, the sausages are heavily spiced, and may include the likes of cardamom, celery seeds, caraway, and coriander.

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.

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kea718 kea718 6 years
I LOVE BRATS!!!! One of my all time fav foods. I may have been raised in Miami but there's still a small place in my heart for my birth state, WI.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Yeah, you can't be from WI and NOT know what a brat is! I always grill mine and simmer them in a beer bath with onions. You just can't watch a Packer game without 'em.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
This is very true!
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
they're grilled AND simmered in beer. must do both!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
One of the many wonders of living in Minnesota! These are awesome with a sauteed relish of mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Mustard is mandatory. And bacon is a sin. Sorry, Chief!
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