Day 10: Nov 25, 2017 – Regensburg – Sausage, Sausage and more Sausage
Oh what a fun day! We take off on foot to explore Regensburg. Carol hears there is going to be an organ concert and wants to go so we head to the church, but not everyone is so excited about an organ concert, so we deposit Carol at the church and head on down the street to do some shopping. But Carol catches up to us soon after the concert and we all eventually head to the “Sausage House”. I simply can’t come to Regensburg and not eat at the Sausage House.
The official name is the Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg, and serves one dish only – sausage with sauerkraut. All you have to do is sit down and order Six, Eight, Ten or Twelve – meaning the number of sausages you want. It’s served with sweet mustard and WOW, is it GOOD!
This place is the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world, having opened in 1146 AD with the construction of the Regensburg stone bridge. The kitchen serves 6,000 sausages daily.
After our lunch we head back to our ship to join an afternoon tour to… hold on… a sausage-making class! When we get back to the ship, I noticed a line of ship personnel unloading fresh goods from a truck into the ship. I went up to the deck to watch them unload all kinds of goods for the ship… two office chairs… stacks of lettuce and other produce… and… you guessed it – sausages.
At any rate, we head out for our afternoon excursion to the kitchen of a downtown restaurant. Here we proceed to make German White Sausage from scratch. We start with ground veal, ground pork, pork fat, ice, onions, parsley, lemon zest and spices. Then we grind these ingredients to a very fine mixture at certain temperatures. From there we feed it into pork sausage casings (see photos), tie it off, and throw it into the hot water.
After another drink or two the sausages are cooked and we get to eat them along with pretzels and sweet mustard. Ymmmmm
Finally it’s back to the ship and we set sail for our next port. It’s been a great day with lots of fun that we all talk and laugh about over dinner. Oh yes, one of the options for dinner is… sausage!