The very first recipe on this blog was for Leberkäse. Shortly afterwards I made Weisswurst. Here is something that in a way is a cross between the two. Kalbskäse is very much like Leberkäse, but it is made with veal and pork just like Weisswurst and it does not use nitrite, so it is not pink.
In Germany there are countless varieties of Leberwurst, two of which I like in particular. For one there is the grey "Hausmacher" style from Palatinate. Being born in Mannheim this may well be called my home sausage. Then I also love the smoked variety in thin rings which is also suitable for air drying. So when I decided to convert my ProQ Frontier water smoker to cold smoking I did not have to think for long what to make as first job.
"The stockwurst is as good as dead.", Bavarian satirist Gerhard Polt said in an interview [link in German] over 15 years ago. A good stockwurst is just as good as a weisswurst, and it would be a shame if this type of sausage eventually became extinct.
Yesterday I have tackled a very interesting sausage making project: mortadella. I intended to get as close as possible to the original specifications for Mortadella Bologna IGP, the "proper one".
Granted, I live 3 kilometres outside the Munich city boundary. But because a few years a ago an initiative failed to grant Munich weisswurst a protected geographic status anyone can legally name their weisswurst "Munich". I have always wanted to make proper weisswurst myself. And despite the lack of an offical definition I will keep to the procedure outlined in the failed application