Breakfast buffet: National frankfurter and kraut week
February 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Bet you never sausage a celebration - it's National Frankfurter and Kraut Week!

For some folks, this combination of tangy sauerkraut and flavorful hot dog is an irresistible combination. Luckily, there's a whole week dedicated to this dish, so no resistance required!

Sauerkraut is basically fermented shredded cabbage; hence the "sour cabbage" translation. During World War I, U.S. sauerkraut producers labeled it "Liberty cabbage" due to concerns that Americans may reject anything with a German name. Consider it the precursor to Freedom Fries.

Frankfurter is simply a moniker derived from Frankfurt, Germany, where hot dog-like sausages made from pork were originally served in buns. Frankfurters have been around since the 13th century, and were originally given out during imperial coronations.

Put the two together, and you have a very German delicacy that can't be rivaled. Unless of course you want to go Old World traditional and whip up a frankfurter and kraut skillet. Feel free to say Danke Schoen to that.

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  2. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Not fair! That hot dog looks too yummy!

    February 6, 2012 at 9:17 am |
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