If you’re aiming for an unforgettable summer meal or an Oktoberfest party dish, this currywurst and fries recipe with homemade curry ketchup is a must-try. The curry ketchup turns the ordinary bratwurst into something extraordinary. The recipe takes around 35 minutes, making it an efficient and delicious meal option.
For the Homemade Curry Ketchup:
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
- Pinch of Chinese 5-spice powder
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
For the Currywurst and Fries:
- 4 bratwurst sausages, scored horizontally
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Frozen french fries of your choice, cooked according to package instructions
- Preheat and Prepare: Begin by preheating your oven to 425 F. Also, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Ketchup Creation: In a small saucepan, whisk together the tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, broth, onion and garlic powder, curry powder, and 5-spice powder. Cook this mixture over medium-low heat, allowing it to simmer for about 15 minutes. The ketchup should thicken. Once off the heat, let it cool for 5 minutes before adding salt and pepper according to your preference.
- Roast the Brats: While the ketchup simmers, place your brats on the previously prepared baking sheet. Roast them in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until they turn lightly brown and are cooked through.
- Serve and Garnish: When ready to serve, divide the brats and fries between your plates. Drizzle the curry ketchup over the sausages (1-2 tablespoons for each). The leftover ketchup can be placed in small bowls for additional dipping. Finally, sprinkle chopped parsley over the brats. As an optional touch, use toothpicks to skewer each scored section of the brat for easier eating.
For an authentic German street food experience, add dishes like kimpir, pretzels, flammkuchen, and bratkartoffeln to the menu. Also, don’t forget to pair with a cold beer like a bubbly Witbier or Kölsch. The homemade curry ketchup can last up to two weeks when refrigerated, but it’s recommended to consume the brats and fries fresh.