Does this look good to you? This tube with the mysterious name “Braunschweiger” emblazoned across the front?
Perhaps it would look better in sandwich form?
Perhaps it would look more appetizing if you knew that braunschweiger is a smoked liver pâté?
Okay, I fully realize that I’ve revolted 99% of you, but I have a confession to make. I’m completely addicted to the stuff. Have been since childhood. It’s just the sort of product that most sane people turn their noses up at. It’s liverwurst, but even worse. It’s smoked and mushy and all sorts of wrong.
To make braunschweiger, pig livers get mashed up with other unmentionable pig parts and spices and probably some things I don’t really want to know about. It’s very German. And I’m okay with that. Anthony Bourdain would totally approve.
I’m a German American. Like Kurt Vonnegut. Or Herbert Hoover. My mother was born in Germany and my father has close familial ties with Das Mutterland. So, I grew up with all sorts of oddball German/Eastern European foods. Knödel... Black Forest anything... Rouladen...
But I fully realize that braunschweiger sounds utterly revolting. I’d probably be revolted too if I hadn’t grown up eating it. It’s wrong and delicious and awful and awesome. And if you’re ever hanging out with me, just ask for some braunschweiger between two slices of Bavarian rye. You might become addicted, too.