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Bratwurst help, please.

rsanders99 Mar 5, 2013 08:24 AM

I had bratwurst for the first time last week. Bought them at Emil's in Pompano. Quite frankly, I was disappointed. They had no flavor, except for the slight taste of nutmeg. I really thought they should be flavorful. Any ideas on where to buy good bratwurst?

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    Sharuf RE: rsanders99 Mar 5, 2013 08:33 AM

    What you think of as bratwurst depends on where you're at. The name is broad and vague. It's always fresh and it always contains pork, but that's about it for consistency. In Frankfurt, it is a fine-ground white sausage and standard schnell-imbiss (lunch-counter) fare. It is wonderful. In other locations, like in the US, it may be coarse-ground and who knows what.

    1. sunshine842 RE: rsanders99 Mar 5, 2013 08:36 AM

      folks in Wisconsin swear by Johnsonville -- they're the coarser texture Sharuf alludes to.

      I boil them in a beer/water bath with sliced onions and a handful of corned beef spices, then toss on the grill to brown.

      Delicious with a little whole-grain mustard, some grilled onions and a good beer.

      1. taiga RE: rsanders99 Oct 24, 2013 09:31 AM

        I'm in South Miami but for real bratwurst, we go to Mainzer's, a small German deli. There must be something like this in Broward.

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          grdns RE: rsanders99 Oct 24, 2013 10:56 AM

          Try Old Heidelberg on State Road 84. They have a deli adjacent to their restaurant.

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            twebs RE: rsanders99 Oct 24, 2013 12:00 PM

            The real Emil's is in Deerfield, (www.european-sausage.com). They used to be in Pompano and when they relocated another sausage business moved into their old Pompano location. Emil's has excellent bratwurst and many other items. The real deal.

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              twebs RE: rsanders99 Oct 24, 2013 12:03 PM



              3 kinds of bratwurst.

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                Ray2 RE: rsanders99 Oct 28, 2013 09:03 PM

                I don't mean to come across as dismissive but, don't bother. We moved here from Switzerland and have hit all the German and Swiss deli's/butchers we could find in Broward. About the only thing they have in common with a decent brat is the shape. They vary all over the place in Germany and Switzerland as well. Like franks here. But a good one is a delight.

                Interesting the comment about Wisconsin. We did have an excellent brat at a bar in Wisconsin. Along with a lot of other really good German food.

                Ingredients are veal, pork, beef or a mixture. The term implies grilling, not content. A good veal brat is to die for.

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                  sunshine842 RE: Ray2 Oct 29, 2013 04:12 AM

                  actually "brat" in German means "fry"

                  Bratpfanne (frying pan)
                  Bratkartoffel (fried potatoes)


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                    Ray2 RE: sunshine842 Oct 29, 2013 02:36 PM

                    Completely agree. In Switzerland cooking bratwurst on a steel plate on a grill (the usual method) is considered grilling. Didn't know which way to go when I wrote it.

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