Anyone with internet access or two ears has undoubtedly heard of the recent travesty that occurred at Penn State University. I will not waste much time discussing the issue on ES. but suffice it to say, it has been an extremely difficult week to spend much time paying attention to football, and particularly being a PSU fan. It’s even harder to add the typical fart jokes you’ve come to expect from ES. Come Saturday though, we’re still looking forward to watching some football.
Trying to think of a relatively simple dish for this week’s football get-together, I remembered I had a voucher for a package of The Original Brat Hans. I don’t normally shill for any specific products but their brats are a tasty guilt-free option for meat-eaters like myself. No antiobiotics, added hormones, preservatives, MSG or nitrates; even the chickens and hogs used are 100% vegetarian-fed. After seeing that voucher I ran to the store to pick some up and had the beginnings of an idea. I pulled out some of my homemade canned chili sauce to make a very typical German food truck dish: Currywurst.
3 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 pound Original Brat Hans bratwurst
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1 tablespoon chipped piloncillo
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch of paprika
1 tbsp of crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons of curry powder
To make the “curry sauce” pour tomato sauce into saucepan set on medium heat and then stir in the chili sauce, onion salt, sugar and pepper. Simmer this sauce mixture, stirring gently and once it reaches a gentle boil, reduce the heat to low. Simmer it all for another 5 minutes while you broil your brats for 3 minutes on each side. Slice the cooked brat into bite-size pieces and then pour the sauce mixture over it all. You can sprinkle it all with paprika, crushed pepper and curry powder or keep them on the side for everybody to sprinkle their own.
You may think that curry powder is cheating but for something like this it is so much easier and it’s pretty hard to notice a difference between that and a homemade blend. Beyond that, there are very few things as delicious and simple as currywurst. Try the recipe and down the road they may just become part of your normal football viewing.