Lenten bratwurst from the Königsberg MS

Another dish from the rich tradition of Lenten illusion foods – mock bratwurst sausage.

[[22]] Wilthu Prottwirst inn der Fastenn machenn:

If you want to make bratwurst sausages during Lent

Take good figs and blanch them, and grind them up, and you shall chop them beforehand. Place them on a board, add grated gingerbread (Leckogen) and roll it out as long as a bratwurst is. Make a thick strawben (a kind of fritter) batter with wine, dip the sausages in it and fry them. Serve them with sugar.

This is obviously not meant as an actual substitute for bratwurst the way recipes for fish sausages are, but as an illusion dish to impress guests with the skill of the cook. With the combination of sweetness and spices, the crisp batter and the chewy filling, these make an attractive snack.

The Königsberg MS was preserved in the archive of the Teutonic Order in Königsberg (today Kaliningrad) in Baltic East Prussia, though its language suggests that it belongs to a Central or South German background. It is not associated with any name that I am aware of and is dated to the late 15th century purely on the scribal hand. The recipe types match South German sources of that time. It was published in Gollub (Hg.): Aus der Küche der deutschen Ordensritter. in: Prussia 31 (1935) pp. 118-124.

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