I’ve always had a secret fantasy. I want to host a German Festival, complete with steaming vats of sauerkraut, hot dogs, bratwurst, mustard, hot potato salad, and cabbage salad. Of course, a polka band, and dancers. Kind of like the annual Sauerkraut Festival in Phelps, New York – only BIGGER! I could do it.
Well, anyway I can give you some ideas of making your own German Dinner. First, you need some good hotdogs or bratwurst – for this get Hofmann brand (out of Syracuse) German Franks or Bratwurst– they even have a package of half franks half bratwurst. Hofmann’s are the best. Thick, crunchy skin. Or you can be good and get the fat-free Oscar Meyer’s – the trick with them is to fry them in a little olive oil get a good brown skin going– helps disguise the texture. Next, you need some good sauerkraut – SilverFloss in the bag. Be sure to rinse off all the salt water. Then you need some....
3 medium potatoes - cooked and sliced into 1/4” slices
4 slices bacon - diced
1/2 onion - chopped
1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and black pepper to taste
In pan, fry bacon and onion - when brown enough for you add sauce ingredients and heat to boiling. Pour over hot potatoes and serve.
Now, true Germans wouldn’t put a hotdog or bratwurst on a bun – they would cut the meat into chunks and dip it into brown mustard. A mustard like Kosciusko mustard – not German but ok, or a Creole Mustard like Zatarains – you want something brown and chunky – no offense to French’s Mustard (incidentally George French was born in Elmira, accidentally). His parents were on their way by train to New York City. His mom, who was expecting a baby, didn’t feel too good and needed to stop in Elmira to rest. As these things happen, George, the baby, was born in Elmira. Dad was a spice merchant and had to get to a meeting in NYC, and left his family here for several weeks. As soon as Mom and George were able to travel, they rejoined Dad in NYC. Eventually, George grew up, went to Rochester and discovered yellow mustard in 1904. But, I digress…..
You can fix your hotdog on a bun if you like with French’s mustard.
PS Hofmann’s hotdogs, SilverFloss sauerkraut, Kosciusko and Zatarains Creole Mustard are available at Wegman’s – potatoes are available at Janowski’s.
I made several corn wreaths yesterday - they are available in our stand for $20 each - first come first served (see attachment). This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, pumpkins, gourds, beets, eggplants, squashes, lettuce, beans, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, and really hot jalapenos.
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