Saturday, December 5, 2015
Best Wurst Spread - Eva!
For some random reason, last week I got a hankering for liverwurst. Not sure why. I very rarely eat cold cuts, so this craving literally came out of nowhere - especially since I haven't had liverwurst in about 15 years. But I gave in, picked a little up and proceeded to make a sandwich with it (on rye, with mustard). As I ate the sandwich, I started contemplating the texture of the lunch meat, since liverwurst is a somewhat soft and spreadable in and of itself. I began thinking how I can incorporate this into something for one of the homegates. I finally came up with: Wurst Spread!
I played around with a few flavor profiles and came up with a pleasant spread that works well on crackers, crostini or even as a sandwich. For homegating purposes, the spread worked nicely. I incorporated onions, fresh garlic, pickles, the pickle brine, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and cream cheese. Once again, my trusty food processor did all the work in seconds and all I needed to do was spoon it into a bowl and unleash it on the Gameday Gang. I got a few mixed reactions when I told them what it was (note to self: never reveal ingredients until people try it first). But eventually folks gave in, tried it and liked it.
1/2 lb liverwurst, sliced
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 small red onion
1/2 clove fresh garlic, minced
2 tbs dill pickles, minced
1 tbs dill pickle brine
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
1 tbs chives (for garnish)
1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it reaches a smooth consistency.
2. Serve with crackers, flat pretzels or crostini.
And once again, there you have it. Hope you give it a try at one of your homegates (or tailgates - it's portable!). If you do, please let me know how you like it.
Enjoy the games this weekend. Can you believe there's only 5 weeks left of the regular NFL season? It's going by fast - and my team better wake up soon! How about your team? Things start getting very interesting this time of the year, so we'll see how it all finishes out. But don't forget that we still have the Playoffs and then The Big Game! Lots more to come...
Enjoy it all and keep on homegating!!