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German Currywurst

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German Currywurst is a savory street food of  pork sausages smothered in a curried tomato based sauce.  The origins of this tantalizing dish has a rather unique background.

Berlin Currywurst

Rumor has it that while Berlin lay in ruins in the late ’40s an industrious housewife named Herta Heuwer convinced British soldiers to give her some English curry in exchange for a few bottles of local hooch (liquor). Food was in short supply in those days, so this rare treat provided a burst of flavor for otherwise bland offerings.


With a bit of creativity, this venturesome lady concocted a tomato-based curry sauce which she then served overcooked sausages. Within a short period of time, her street-food stall grew immensely in popularity, both for the taste and the cheap price.

Shortly thereafter in 1950, Heuwer opened her own restaurant and her delightful saucy dish was immediately replicated throughout the city. In 1959, she patented her delectable dish at the German Patent and Trademark Office in Munich, which is how we are able to share it with you today.

Herta Heuwer(Wikipedia)

Although the official Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Munich over a two-week period, celebrations model it all over the world. These days, Currywurst is sold widely throughout Berlin, at various Oktoberfest celebrations held around the world and famously at Epcot on Disney World properties. It’s usually served with paprika chips, white bread or a fat whole-grain roll (to sop up the delicious sauce after the sausages are gone!).

Berlin Currywurst Recipe

How to Make German Currywurst

You don’t have to travel far to savor the flavor of this German nirvana, here’s a simple recipe to make at home. . .

and of course, it’s best paired with a robust Oktoberfest Lager.

If you’d like to complete your Oktoberfest celebration, we suggest finishing off the meal with this German beer coffee cake.

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