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Named for its preparation ("brat" and "wurst" indicate fried sausage in Old High German), bratwurst is a hefty, hearty sausage packed with potent flavor. The German pork-and-veal sausages are typically seasoned with spices including nutmeg, ginger and coriander or caraway.
While bratwurst is known in the U.S. as a specific type of sausage, throughout Europe "bratwurst" strictly refers to the type of preparation. The sausages can be grilled, smoked, pan-fried or baked and are often paired with sides of potato salad, fresh bread and sauerkraut. They're often simmered in beer to enhance both flavor and texture -- for a hearty fall dish, we suggest Bobby Flay's beer-simmered bratwurst with onions and red cabbage sauerkraut.
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