They can, of course, be bought ready-made but home-made are simply the best – Berner Würstel (Berner Sausage or Frankfurter stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon). Taking the famous Frankfurter to the next level, this is an all-round popular Austrian fast food which is quick and easy to make and cheap, too. Filled with cheese and wrapped with smoked bacon, the snack is particularly popular with children.
- 4 pair of Frankfurters
- 4 slices of Emmentaler (or Gouda)
- 8 slices of bacon
- oil (for frying)
Directions for Berner Sausage
- Slice the Frankfurters lengthways so that they can be well-filled but do not fully separate.
- Slice the cheese into oblong-shaped slices and use to fill the Frankfurters. Press the sausage halves together and wrap with bacon. The better wrapped they are, the less cheese will flow out during frying.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and slowly fry the sausages on a medium heat until crispy.
- Remove the sausages from the pan and serve warm.
GOES WELL WITH Chips, fried potatoes, mustard or ketchup and fresh salad.
For particularly flavoursome sausages, brush with a little mustard and/or ketchup, depending on taste, before filling.
By the way, Berner Sausages also taste good wrapped in puff pastry.
Contrary to their name, Bernese sausages were not invented in the Swiss town of Bern but in Zell am See in Austria. They are named after the person who first made them, chef Erich Berner Senior who, in the 1950s, was looking for a quick and easy snack for a men’s choir which regularly came to his restaurant. Berner sliced Frankfurters lengthways, filled them with slices of Emmentaler cheese, wrapped them with bacon and then grilled the sausages. They became so popular that they soon appeared on the main menu!