Weisswurst- Traditional German White sausage

No other sausage is as typical for the Octoberfest, as the Weisswurst, the famous Bavarian white sausage. They are delicious served warm with some sweet mustard (affiliate link) and a Bavarian Pretzel on the side. A cool Weißbier (Wheat beer) will finish off this traditional meal.

Let’s have a look in detail at this famous Munich sausage, learn how to cook it and most importantly how to eat it the German way.

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What is Weisswurst?

Weißwurst is a parboiled white German sausage made from veal and pork, bacon and spices. There are many several types of these sausages, but the most famous one is the Munic Weisswurst (Münchner Weißwurst).

Weisswurst in English translates as “White Sausage”.

Origin

According to popular legend, the Weisswurst was invented in 1857 by Bavarian Pub Owner Sepp Moser. He was preparing bratwurst (affiliate link) for his guests, but when he realised that he no longer had any sheep casings leftover he decided to use Pork casings, which are tighter and bigger. The sausages kept on bursting, so he decided to boil them instead. His guests enjoyed them and this was the birth of the weisswurst.

It is more plausible that the sausage originated from France in the 14th century, where they had a boiled veal sausage called “boudin blanc” which also translates as White sausage. It is possible that the Huguenots brought these to Germany.

Pronunciation

As an English speaker, you pronounce Weisswurst as “WISE-WURST”. The S is pronounced sharp.

How to cook Weisswurst

cooking weisswurst.

Weisswurst is not cooked as such but gently “heated up”. The German white sausages that you get from the butchers are shops are usually already preboiled. It is important to note that Weisswurst never is fried in the pan but warmed instead in a water bath.

To warm the sausages you simply place water with a teaspoon of salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Now remove the saucepan from the heat, as it is important that the water is no longer boiling when you place the Munich sausages inside. Otherwise, they might burst. the ideal temperature is about 70°C/158°F. There you leave them for about 10-12 minutes until warmed.

How to serve

weisswurst in a bowl

To serve weisswurst the Bavarian way you place the sausages into a deep bowl with a little cooking water to keep them warm. Serve them with a pretzel, sweet mustard (affiliate link) and a glass of wheat beer.

Traditionally you serve this for breakfast. Old sayings say that you should eat it before the clock strikes 12. This stems from the time when the sausages were sold uncooked and refrigeration was not common. Nowadays people also serve it for dinner or a light lunch.

How to eat Weisswurst

The art of eating Weisswurst is a science in itself and there are different ways German go about it. Here are the most popular methods:

Zuzeln – like a Bavarian

zuzeln- how to eat Weisswurst like a Bavarian.
  1. To eat the Weisswurst like a Bavarian, you hold it between two fingers. On the end, you can bit an opening into the casing.
  2. If you like you can dunk it into some sweet mustard (affiliate link).
  3. Then you wrap your lips around the end of the sausage and suck.
  4. Once you reach the halfway mark of the sausage you can either peel the remaining casing off or turn it around and start again.

With Knife and Fork – the Banana Method

peeling weisswurst

If you prefer eating with knife and fork, you use can make a lengthwise incision into the sausage. With the fork you can fold away and remove the casing.

Where to buy Weisswurst?

In Germany, you can find it in any supermarket and butcher. Abroad it may be more difficult. I have listed some places for you below:

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Frequently asked Questions

What does Weisswurst taste like?

This German sausage has a mild yet aromatic taste. You will taste the note of parsley, lemon and marcis. These spices complement the meaty flavor but do not overbear them.

What is the difference between Bratwurst and Weisswurst?

Weisswurst is a thick white sausage, whereas Bratwurst is longer and thinner. Where you grill Brats on a BBQ, Weisswurst is simply warmed up in the water. Bratwurst tends to be served with spicy mustard, whereas Weisswurst is enjoyed with sweet German mustard.

Why is Weisswurst white?

This is because it is made partly from white veal meat. Also, the white salt used makes a difference in the colouring. Other sausages use nitrite salting which tends to color the meat a reddish tone.

Can you eat the skin of Weisswurst?

Traditionally you would remove the skin of the sausage before eating. It is quite tough to chew. However, as long as the sausage uses natural casings, you can of course eat it without any danger.

Can you grill weisswurst?

Yes, there is no reason you cannot grill them. Although this is not the traditional way of eating them. The German celebrity cook Tim Mälzer divided his audience by turning weisswurst into Currywurst.

Storage Instructions

Weisswürste hat you buy preboiled from the butchers can be stored up to a day in the refrigerator.

If you your sausages vacuum-packed from a supermarket, they will last longer. Please read the package instructions to be sure.

Can I freeze Weisswurst?

Yes, you can freeze this sausage without problems for up to three months. Defrost them either in the fridge or with cold water.

Recipe

German white sausage with mustard

How to cook Weisswurst

Marita

Weisswurst are traditional German Sausages that are not cooked, but merely warmed up.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 15th mins

Total Time 20 mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine German

Servings 4 people

Calories 714 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 weisswurst
  • 1 test salt
  • 2 letter water

To serve

  • 4 pretzels
  • sweet mustard
  • wheat beer

Instructions

  • Place the water and saucepan and bring to boil.

  • Once the water is boiling remove from the heat and place the weisswurst in the water. The sausages should gently be warmed up. Do not place a lid on the saucepan. The ideal water temperature is about 70°C/158°F.

  • To serve them the traditional way you place them in pairs in a terrine with some of the cooking water. Serve them with some sweet mustard, a pretzel, and a glass of cold wheat beer.

Notes

How to eat Weisswurst

Zuzeln – like a Bavarian

  1. To eat the Weisswurst like a Bavarian, you hold it between two fingers. On the end, you can bit an opening into the casing.
  2. If you like you can dunk it into some sweet mustard (affiliate link).
  3. Then you wrap your lips around the end of the sausage and suck.
  4. Once you reach the halfway mark of the sausage you can either peel the remaining casing off or turn it around and start again.

With Knife and Fork – the Banana Method

If you prefer eating with a knife and fork, you use can make a lengthwise incision into the sausage. With the fork, you can fold away and remove the casing.

Nutrition

Calories: 714kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 24gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 2081mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 2gCalcium: 15thmgIron: 2mg

Keyword german white sausage, munich sausage, weisswurst

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