Knackwurst (German pronunciation: [ˈknakˌvʊʁst] ( listen)) (in North America spelled knockwurst ( listen (help·info))) refers to a sausage type of northern German origin from the mid-16th century. The manifold available varieties depend on the geographical region of their production.
Knockwurst in the US
Knackwurst in Germany
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As a specialty in Hamburg, scalded Knackwurst served with mustard and half a slice of white bread is a popular snack for lunch. It is also sold at the Hamburger Dom, the largest Volksfest in northern Germany, under various names like Domknacker, Hamburger Knacker, or Hafenlümmel (literally: harbour tyke).
Etymology and pronunciation
The German noun Knackwurst—which, in English, is sometimes corrupted as knockwurst—comes from the German verb knacken ( listen (help·info)) ("to crack") or the adjective knackig ( listen (help·info)) ("crisp"). This refers to the swelling of the sausage during the process of cooking, so that the skin becomes pressurized and balloon-like, and tends to "pop," often exploding the juices, when bitten into (authentic example: listen (help·info)). The term ″Knackwurst″ came up in Germany the middle of the 16th century. In Germany, all different kinds of Knackwürste are abbreviated Knacker ( listen (help·info)).
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