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Dangerous sausages


DangerousSausage

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I was recently asked what we eat at the football in Germany. The answer is: mainly sausages!

If you go to a German football ground expecting a pre-match pie and peas, you'll be disappointed. Pies and sausage rolls are completely alien to Germany. Instead, the staple meal is the humble sausage. This can be a standard Bratwurst or a Feuerwurst ("fire sausage" - a spicy beef sausage) served in a bread roll - as demonstrated by Bayern Munich's Uli Hoeness below! This will set you back around €3, but I'm sure Uli can afford it.

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Something else found at virtually every football ground is the Currywurst - a chopped-up sausage served in a "curry" sauce, which is in reality a kind of warm, spicy ketchup, with curry powder on top. This is served on a little tray with either a bread roll next to it (for mopping up the sauce) or, if you're really flash, a portion of fries. The type of sausage used depends on the whim of the seller, and you probably won't notice the difference anyway. This is quality junk food - you'll get a hit from the sugar in the sauce, followed by stomach ache and a vague sense of regret. Then you'll be hungry again, so you'll go and buy another one.

Currywurst – Wikipedia

Other trash / quality meals found everywhere include giant pretzels and Frikadelle meatballs, which are like burgers but with pork served in the obligatory bread roll. If you strike it lucky these can be really nice, with herbs, spices and plenty of meat from the local butcher's. More commonly, these mainly consist of bread crumbs and fat.

At most German grounds, that's yer lot. There are regional variations though. If you go to a ground in Hesse (Frankfurt, Offenbach, Darmstadt among others) they'll also serve Frankfurter sausages (below), which are boiled sausages served on a little tray next to (but not in!) some bread and a blob of mustard. You then dip the sausage in the mustard and take a bite out of the bread. This is a bit of a pain if you're drinking a beer as you'll need both hands for it. In the north (Hamburg, Bremen), the football staple is a fried fish filet served in a bread roll.

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Of course, we like to drink too. You'll find the usual array of soft drinks, plus apple juice with sparkling water, which is ubiquitous in Germany. Apple wine is highly popular in Hesse and is on offer at football grounds - it even tends to be a bit cheaper than beer. It's an acquired taste though and isn't really like cider. As for beer, experiences vary - you will find pilsner and shandy everywhere, although some clubs only offer pils with reduced alcohol (about 2.5%). Us football fans can't be trusted, after all. If you're lucky, you might find a Weizenbier (wheat beer), which is more full-bodied but gives you a headache if you drink too much. Trust me, I've researched this. Your beer will cost you in the region of €3.50, plus an extra deposit charge for your plastic beaker - 50 cents for a disposable one or around €2 for a resuseable one. You'll get your money back when you return it, but watch out: football grounds are plagued by little urchins who run about collecting as many beakers as they can carry so they can pocket the deposit cash!

If that sounds like too much hassle, every matchday an army of helpful gentlemen can be found in the vicinity of every professional football ground, selling tins of beer from their cool boxes for about €2 a pop. Until the police turn up, anyway. But the big advantage with buying in the ground is that you can actually take your beer in with you and sup while you're watching the match - no downing your pint outside one minute before kick-off here. Prost!

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Loved the bit “ Trust me, I’ve researched this!”

Taking one for the team! 😅

Really interesting. I would happily try some of them at a match. In fact, happily right now! Just because I know I can’t get one, I’d happily down a McDs at the moment too!

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Those Frankfurters/Hot dogs look the bomb.

@super_pie look at these. ;)

I don't eat at football grounds if I can help it, I especially do not at Meadow Lane. I was put off when a server tried giving Jake a hot dog that they had dropped on the floor. We always eat before approaching the ground now.

This food does look interesting, minus the source and funny cowpat  looking thing.

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looking at those pics it makes me hungry.

do you find the food to be of a better standard in germany @DangerousSausage? burgers here can be nice. im not brave enough to try the hotdogs at meadow lane, they look purple at times and like they have been re heated a lot.

it just puts me off the food.

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Years of selfless dedication @hissingdwarf, purely in the services of PON!

4 hours ago, liampie said:

do you find the food to be of a better standard in germany @DangerousSausage?

Difficult one. A few years back we did have pretty decent pies at Notts, but now it's just the Pukka pies you get everywhere. And I'd have to be seriously hungry to get anything off those burger vans, they stink. You can't beat a decent pie and mushy peas though.

Football fare in Germany is fairly simple - it's hard to mess up a sausage in a cob (I did once have a sausage that was still frozen at the Christmas market, but never at a match). So my answer would probably be "dunno" :D

6 hours ago, Chris said:

funny cowpat  looking thing.

If you mean the last picture, that's just a blob of mustard. It tastes a lot better than cowpat ;)

The stuff next to it could be horseradish, but don't expect anything as exotic as that at a football match.

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Well you learn something new every day. I never knew you lived in Germany! I did a couple of games over there the other week and at Bochum they served the sausage with the sauce in the press room. There was a cutting machine that you put your sausage under & it cut it up into pieces for you. I didn't go for it as it gave me a heartburn just from the smell of it!

Incidentally if you want to have a look at the pics here's the two games I did:

FC Koln v Bayern Munich https://www.facebook.com/dan.westwell/media_set?set=a.10158107335224104&type=3 

VFL Bochum v VfB Stuttgart https://www.facebook.com/dan.westwell/media_set?set=a.10158127135639104&type=3 

 

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9 hours ago, Dan said:

Well you learn something new every day. I never knew you lived in Germany! I did a couple of games over there the other week and at Bochum they served the sausage with the sauce in the press room. There was a cutting machine that you put your sausage under & it cut it up into pieces for you. I didn't go for it as it gave me a heartburn just from the smell of it!

Incidentally if you want to have a look at the pics here's the two games I did:

FC Koln v Bayern Munich https://www.facebook.com/dan.westwell/media_set?set=a.10158107335224104&type=3 

VFL Bochum v VfB Stuttgart https://www.facebook.com/dan.westwell/media_set?set=a.10158127135639104&type=3 

 

Oh, the Currywurst chopping machine is a must!

I had a look at the pictures (the links didn't quite work for me, but they were easy to find). I've been to Cologne a couple of times, really like the feel of the place. Got to see Podolski play there the first time too. They serve a special lager in Cologne - Kölsch - that they serve in small, thin glasses. Maybe they do that at the football too, but I can't remember seeing it. I've never been to Bochum - looks like a bit of a strange ground - but maybe I'll get the chance to go there in the league next season.

Oh, and I'm impressed that you've got a dedicated folder on the Cologne cheerleaders! :D

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