Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.
SPECIAL NOTE: This could very well be the worst Culinary no-no segment of any that I’ve posted in the past 16 years.
Many moons ago, standing on the SW corner of 6th and Oklahoma on Milwaukee’s south side was a Meurer’s Bakery.Quite possibly the best bakery in all of Milwaukee.
This particular location had a small restaurant. One of the breakfast items had eggs with potatoes and a generous slab of liver sausage that had been fried in a pan. Quite rich and filling.
That’s gotta be it, Kev. OMG. PU. This wurst has to be the worst no-no ever!
Well, um, no. I enjoyed it a lot to be honest.
Speaking of liver sausage…
Hmm. I don’t know, Kev. Not exactly lookin’ real appetizing.
Liverwurst/liver sausage/braunschweiger makes for a terrific sandwich.
A friend of mine and I were talking this past week when out of the blue he mentioned that his wife made him such a sandwich for the first time in age for lunch that day.
Oh yeh I replied. Good stuff.
Wanting more details I inquired.
Salt and pepper?
What about onions?
Is that it, Kev? No salt, pepper, onions?
Well, could be, but no. Much worse.
Back to my 3rd degree.
Yes, but then, with out hesitation, he dropped the bomb.
You might even hazard a guess as to what came next.
“AND SOME KETCHUP.”
Now at this point I can envision Germans spitting at their computers.
Ketchup is just plain nasty. It doesn’t belong anywhere on this planet with the rare exception f really high quality French fries. You know. The kinds that come piled and standing up in a French fry holder, like a scoop or cone. And that’s about it. Maybe ona hot dog, but only if there’s nu mustard within a few blocks.
My goodness. Ketchup on a liver sausage sandwich.
On a few occasions on Culinary no-no I’ve quoted a great philosopher who hailed from Milwaukee.
In one “Happy Days” episode Fonzie remarked about ketchup and ice cream. When they’re separated, AYYYYY.
But put them together…
Makes sense to me.
I’ve spotted other liver sausage sandwich ingredients that definitely fall under the no-no category:
Whole grain bread
Regular plain bun
Those are all (or should be) verboten.
Don’t mess around.
Rye bread, salt and pepper, raw onion, brown mustard.
That’s it. Liverwurst heaven.
So, ketchup on a liver sausage sandwich. The most egregious out of almost 800 Culinary no-no blogs?
Well, maybe not.
Most no-nos have been lighthearted, subjective posts. Others have been quite serious. Like…
Culinary no-no #52: Global food crisis
A woman dries mud cookies in the sun on the the roof of Fort Dimanche, once a prison, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 29, 2007.
Rising prices and food shortages are threatening Haiti’s fragile stability, and the mud cookies, made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening, are one of very few options the poorest people have to stave off hunger. Pregnant women and children have long prized the dirt as a rich source of calcium and an effective antacid, but for some in the country’s most desperate quarters, where thousands buckle under rising food prices and rampant unemployment, mud has become a daily staple. (Ariana Cubillos/ AP Photos )
But for heaven’s sake when it comes to the most nauseating my friend’s sandwich this week is right up there.
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IMHO, The best Liverwurst Sandwich ever, was from a little place on Kinnickinnick, around the corner from Lincoln, first building behind KK S&L, ironically across from a Meurer Bakery. Meurer rye (toasted), Mandatory Mayo, Liverwurst, lettuce, tomato, onion. I cannot find a recipe online that does not have MAYO. No mustard of any color. I rest my case.
You’ve been in the Arizona sun for too long.
Mayo should not be allowed within a mile of any liverwurst sandwich. You could skip mustard, but you’d be missing out.
OMG…Them’s fighting words. Check any online recipe, or with any German Grandma. You are way outnumbered on this one. That’s the key ingredient. Ask Jennifer. No mustard of any color. Other than BLT, this is the only sandwich that I will allow lettuce and tomato to touch. Take a FB poll.
Darn you, now I’m making a special trip to the store to buy some Liverwurst and Jewish Rye for tonight.
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