November draws to a close, and just when I should be writing about turkey stuffing and side dishes, I find I am instead writing about nuclear waste disposal for my Master’s. Nothing takes your appetite away like nuclear waste. So a quick one this week: an astoundingly simple, astoundingly good recipe passed on by a co-worker at the espresso bar:
Arturo’s Bratwurst marinated in Guinness
1 small bottle Guinness Stout
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Prick the bratwurst all over, put them in a bowl, and add the garlic and enough Guinness to cover. There will probably be about half a bottle of Guinness left, which helps me get over my angst concerning wasted Guinness. I like to use a Tupperware bowl with a lid, because then I can shake it up every now and then. Put it in the fridge for a day, and then grill the suckers. Or fry them in a skillet.
That’s it. So you don’t feel cheated at such a brief recipe, here are some fun facts:
* The word “bratwurst” comes from Old High German, with “brat” meaning chopped meat, and “wurst” meaning sausage. So bratwurst means “meat sausage.” I bet you thought it would be something more complicated.
* Guinness is clarified with isinglass finings, which is to say the swim bladders of sturgeon. So if you are vegetarian, no Guinness for you!
* An early Christian myth states that as Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic arose in his left footprint and onions in his right. No garlic or onions in the original Garden of Eden!
Because of these facts, I have come up with a more creative name for this recipe. It is no longer ‘Bratwurst in Guinness.” It is now Satanic Fishbladder-Infused German Meatsausage. Enjoy!