Cookbook:Käsekrainer (Austrian Sausage with Accompaniments)

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Käsekrainer (Austrian Sausage with Accompaniments)
CategoryAustrian recipes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Austrian Cuisine

The käsekrainer is an Austrian variation of the kranjska klobasa, which is a Slovenian national dish. Once tried, you will for sure fall in love with this fabulous sausage combination of meat and cheese; and you may start to call it the best sausage in the world, as some people in Austria do.

Normally, the "Käsekrainer" is eaten at a sausage stand (Würstelstand), but it can also be easily made at home and what the advantages of that are. When you make your Käsekrainer at home, you have a high variety of ways to combine and design it. The sausage is the only thing in this dish that needs to be cooked, and the rest is all about presentation and combination with the accompaniments. Just remember that you can add and leave out ingredients according to your preferences, and you can design your dish the way you like it. It is your Käsekrainer and you decide how it is done. Be creative!


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Käsekrainer cut into pieces
Different types of bread
Different types of vegetables
Different sauces and grated horseradish


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  1. Prick the sausage all over with a fork.
  2. Cook the sausage by boiling, baking, or grilling at medium heat for approximately 8 minutes.
  3. If desired, cut the sausage in two or into small pieces.
  4. Serve sausage with the accompaniments. Sauces can be placed on top of the sausage or served on the side.

Notes, tips, and variations

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Käsekrainer Hot-Dog and Kafka
  • Sausage is the main ingredient of this dish, so it is really important that it is the right kind of sausage. If you live in a country where käsekrainer are not purchasable in supermarkets, you may have to look at a butcher's and ask for some. If it is impossible for you to get käsekrainer anywhere, you will have to make them on your own.
  • Some may think that the kind of bread you eat is not that important. But it makes a difference. You should try different types of bread to your Käsekrainer to find out which one you prefer. When you cook for friends, you should prepare different kinds of bread, so that your guests can choose from a large variety.
  • Almost every vegetable can be eaten with the Käsekrainer. The ones listed above are just some examples. You can either put them on a plate together with the sausage, or prepare separate plates, where the different vegetables are neatly put together. It is also possible to eat them directly out of the glass.
  • Käsekrainer-Hot-Dog variation: Take a baguette and cut it open at one end. Poke a hole into it and put in some sauce. Put the Käsekrainer into the hole and it is ready to eat.
  • Kafka variation: The "Kafka" is a variation of the "Bosna", which is very famous in Linz (the capital of Upper Austria, which is one of Austria's 9 provinces). Cut a toasted white bread open and put sauces, vegetables and the Käsekrainer into it. Then put it back on the toaster until it is finished.