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What’s the Story Behind German Liverwursts?

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GermanLiverwurst-german-food-houston-txLiverwursts come from Germany and the word is actually an Anglicism of the German leberwust which means liver sausage. This sausage is eaten in many parts and countries of Europe like Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Finland.

These liverwursts contain calves’ or pigs’ liver. Other ingredients are meat, fat and spices like mustard, pepper or nutmeg. Different regions in Germany have different recipes for the liverwursts. Adding bacon or onion gives a distinctive taste and aroma to the liverwursts. People even try out liverwursts with cowberries and mushrooms.

Liverwursts, as all other sausages, are high on sodium. 55 grams of liverwurst contain 168 calories. This sausage provides more than 100 % of the daily needs of the body because is rich with vitamins A and B, especially B12. But, on the other side, liverwursts also contain 25 % of fat. Besides that, it also provides around 27% of the daily need of iron.

It is interesting to know that some types of liverwursts from different regions have a protected status in the EU. The term liverwurst has been used for the first time in 1860 in the United States. It is believed that German immigrants were those who brought liverwursts in the US. The fact that there are a lot of places in the US where you can find liverwursts supports the theory.

These liverwursts are not healthy food. The only thing that separates them from other sausages is the richness of vitamins and minerals. It is considered as unhealthy food because of the high levels of sodium and fat in it.

Liverwursts can be used in a lot of recipes, both hot and cold. One very popular dish with liverwurst is called Braunschweiger. For this dish, you need to slice the sausage into pieces and add some other smoked meat like bacon together with the sausage in the pan. The two meats are cooked until they become brown and until the two different flavors are mixed. This braunschweiger can be used as a main meal, but can be served as an addition to pasta, mashed potatoes, or some cooked vegetables.

Another tasty recipe that can be made with liverwursts is a spread, which is combined with bread or crackers. Usually, it is served chill or in room temperature. This spread is a favorite to many people who like liverwursts.

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German-style Bread Rolls for a Perfect Dish

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German-style Bread Rolls for a Perfect DishBread rolls are small rounded loafs of bread, usually prepared for one person. They are often served as an addition to the meal and can be eaten plain or with butter or, they can be cut into two pieces and have a filling in between. It is like making a sandwich out of slices of bread.

There have been many different names for these bread rolls. Usually the name comes from the baker’s term which was used for different forms of the bread rolls and for the different way that the bread rolls were cooked. Because there are too many, people have come to use one simple name for all the different types of bread rolls, just a bread roll.

There is breadcake, term used for making sandwiches out of bread rolls. Then, cob which is a soft or crusty round roll and bap, which is a larger roll which contains butter in order to provide tenderness and comes into various shapes. Some other terms are barm, batch, bulkie roll, bun, dinner roll, dollar roll, flour cake, French roll, Italian roll, Kaiser roll, manchet, muffin, onion roll, oven bottom and teacake.

The bread rolls are a very common food in Europe, especially in Germany, Austria and Italy. The Germans also have different names for different forms and shapes of the bread roll such as brotchen, rundstuck, semmel, schrippe or weck. There are also white rolls made of wheat flour and dark rolls made of rye flour. Many of the bread rolls include spices as their ingredient, too. These spices can be coriander, cumin, nuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and sunflower seeds.

These bread rolls can be eaten with butter or cheese, bread spreads, marmalade, ham, or salami.

Germans have tradition of eating potato noodles which are covered in sauce and literally, they are swimming in the sauce. This dish is usually eaten with bread rolls so that at the end of the meal, you can wipe all the sauce out of the plate. It sounds delicious and it really is!

Another type of bread rolls are the pretzel bread rolls (the German term is laugenwecken) which can be eaten with some delicious toppings like cooked ham or cream cheese.

Then you have the seele, which is also a bread roll and goes great with creamy mushroom sauce.

Bread rolls is a good choice for most meals and you have different kinds to choose from and German-style rolls are among the most tasteful ones.

You should try sometimes eating bread rolls with your dinner or lunch because it’s a great addition and it will make you like the food even more.

Mashed Potatoes Variants

The Numerous Variations of Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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wine-and-food-pairing-chart-german-food-houston-txCreamy mashed potatoes are the favorite meal to many of us. And, some new recipes could never hurt. Everybody would agree that the best ones are the fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes. This dish is prepared by mashing boiled potatoes and this recipe has started to be used in 1747.

Almost always, floury types of potatoes are used for this recipe, but there can be a time when people want a different texture and they use waxy potatoes. For improving the flavor of the mashed potatoes ingredients such as milk, cream, vegetable oil or butter are added. Eventually, mashed potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, herbs, spices, garlic, cheese, bacon, sour cream, onions, mustard, nutmeg, parsley, rosemary, turnip and wasabi.

The French variation of mashed potatoes adds egg yolk to the ingredients list. If some of you want to make low-calorie mashed potatoes, you can change the milk or the cream or the butter with soup stock or broth.

Many cooking chefs offer this recipe as the best one for creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes. You need 2 pounds potatoes, ¾ cup milk or cream, 1 spoon fresh nutmeg, 4 spoons fresh butter cut into cubes, white pepper and fleur du sel.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into even pieces but don’t forget to hold them in water so that they won’t lose color. Steam the potatoes but make sure that the water is not touching them at all. They are supposed to be dry and slightly powdery after the steaming. Grate the nutmeg in the milk and boil it. After that, puree the potatoes with a food mill and repeat the process if it is necessary until you get a smooth, creamy texture. Add warm milk and butter and mix them together until they become one. At the end, you can season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper.

But, here are some variations you can integrate into your recipe and make different mashed potatoes. Change the milk with half and half or finish the process with fresh chopped chives. After adding the milk you can add dry jack cheese and also crumbled bacon or scallions. Before warming the milk you can add to it wasabi paste or fresh horseradish. Some other ingredients you can add to your mashed potatoes are marscapone, white truffle butter or paste, parmesan and chopped chive. Delicious, isn’t it?

You see that creamy mashed potatoes can get a different taste every time you prepare them. It all depends on your likings and your taste. You choose whether you prefer them spicy or sweet, creamy or not. Just remember that there are many different variations of the mashed potatoes, you should try them all.