Sunday, 30 June 2013

Currywurst and Fries with Special Sauce

This is a post I'm really excited to share. In Germany, one of their very popular fast food items is called Currywurst. It's really a simple concept. Slice your bratwurst, bathe it in curry ketchup and top with a side of fries (that you dip in the curry ketchup). If you are a big curry fan, don't think of this as a real curry dish, it's not. If you don't particularly like curry (like me), try this. It's really not very curry like. But it's still tasty.

So then in Belgium I had an order of fries. The dutch do fries really well, and Belgium is part Dutch. They eat mayonnaise on their fries over there. Sounds strange (and is strange if you think of it as North American Mayonnaise or worse Mayo or Miracle Whip) but it is a different mayonnaise. It has more tang to it. Which worked for me because I usually eat vinegar on my fries, not ketchup. But it did take a few tries for me to accept it. So they have these little fry stands and you can get all different toppings on your fries. Special sauce, cheese sauce, pickles, red and white sauce (mayonnaise and ketchup), etc. But in Belgium the place I went to their special sauce was mayonnaise, curry ketchup and onions. Very, very tasty.

I'm going to show you the curry ketchup recipe today and then you can make two good dishes out of it.  I will also show the special sauce mayonnaise recipe. It wasn't exactly the same as the ones I ate there, but it works. The curry ketchup though was pretty much identical.

Recipes from Saveur & All Recipes.

Serves 4 (1 1/2 C. Curry Ketchup & 3/4 C. Mayonnaise)

Curry Ketchup

Fry Sauce (Mayonnaise)


Curry Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Curry Powder
1 Tbsp. Paprika
2 C. Canned Tomatoes with Juice, diced or crushed
1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Red Wine Vinegar

Fry Sauce
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
Pinch of Salt
2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar (I probably would just use white vinegar next time)

1/2 Onion, minced
1 Kg French Fries
4 Bratwursts


Curry Ketchup
~Heat oil in a large saucepan and cook onions until transparent.
~Add curry and paprika, stir and let cook for 1 minute.
~Add tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Stir.
~Season with salt and pepper to taste.
~Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
~Stir every so often while simmering for approximately 30 minutes until mixture thickens.
~Put mixture into food processor and puree.
~Run puree through a sieve (to make it authentic you only want the thin ketchup like mixture. I don't know if I'd put the work in though to run it through the sieve. It takes a lot of time and I don't mind chunks of tomato. But then it is more like a curry tomato sauce, not curry ketchup. So you decide).

Fry Sauce
~Combine all ingredients in a container and mix well with a fork to combine.
~Return to fridge until needed.

~Cook bratwurst
~Slice brats into bite size slices
~Bake or fry french fries
~Put brat pieces on plate, top with hot curry ketchup
~Top fries with fry sauce on one end, curry ketchup on the other and a generous topping of minced onion pieces.


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