TJ’s UNCURED BAVARIAN BRATWURST


I saw this package of Trader Joe’s “BAVARIAN BRATWURST” sausages the other day, and they looked worth trying for review. They were indeed worth it. These are just terrific! 

This is is an excellent product that I would gladly buy again. It’s labeled PRODUCT OF GERMANY as well as NO NITRATES OR NITRITES (ie, uncured) – two big pluses of course. Originally for Oktoberfest and though they look a bit like “Weisswurst” (made from veal) these delicious “Bavarian Bratwurst” sausages are made from only pork, water and spices… an impressive variety of spices blended perfectly for a terrific flavor. It’s these well-balanced spices and perfect texture which make these sausages quite different from say, the flavor of your typical Italian sausage or a typical American “Brat”. The spices include: black pepper, marjoram, nutmeg, mace, ginger, coriander, and cardamon. Reading this spice list sounded to me like typical Christmas spices and though this would be nice for meal around Xmas time (or Oktoberfest!) But of course these are great any time of the year if you see them. The sausages come fully cooked so they only need browning. They’re ready in about 8 minutes.

What I did with these was grill them up in a little butter with sautéed potatoes and onions. I served this classic combination with some really nice red cabbage in a jar (from Poland) I had just happened to find in a 99 cents store (!) Bratwurst and Potatoes are of course perfect together and and this actually became a Christmas Eve dinner along with the red cabbage and a nice German beer, plus bread and veggies. Everything matched up perfectly for a small German-style feast. But if you want just simple, these also great simply grilled and put on a hot dog bun, brioche bun or crusty roll or baguette with some good mustard and sauerkraut. Classic. All year, not just at holiday time. They make an easy meal. A 12 oz package with 4 nice sized sausages is $3.99 (or a buck each). So another pretty good deal from TJ’s and more than worth your trying. When I first saw these it was Xmas season and was not sure if they are available all year or if seasonal (Update: They are carried all year)

If you cooked these on a grill in summertime, it would be a huge hit I would think! You could try them with potatoes as I did or go the Easy route, just brown them and serve with mustard and kraut.

A NO-RECIPE RECIPE: Cut up some Yukon Gold potatoes into cubes and par-boil them for 5-10 minutes in salted water, till almost tender. Drain them and sauté them with onions in olive or veg. oil with a little butter for extra flavor. Toss till golden brown on all sides over med. heat. Make room in the center of the potatoes and grill the sausages 4 mins per side until browned. I slashed them slightly first.

Serve with good mustard. Cold beer would of course not be amiss with these Bavarian Bratwursts!

Amazing 99 cents deals at TJ’s this Xmas


My checkout person told me during the holidays TJ’s puts on a lot of deals for 99 cents. Here are two examples of things I found today for just 99 cents each:

Gingerbread Man Kit”

Its one huge gingerbread cookie with packets of icing, candy buttons, and sprinkles that you add as customized decorations. The packages says “made in Germany” so I assume its tasty. For a buck, this is an easy and fun present for kids (or adults).

The Sample Station that day had these Chewy Eggnog Cookeis so I got to try them before I bought them (which were really tasty with the TJ’s coffee I had with them).

“Chewy Eggnog Cookies”

They are soft and chewy and have the typical spices that go in eggnog. They are tasty. They went amazingly well with the Winter Spice Blend coffee at the Sample Station.

Again,  TJ”s is selling these cookies for a buck. Who wouldn’t buy these to try?

Personally I stocked up on quite a few of both of these 99 cents steals, both to give as fun gifts and to put some in the pantry.

TJ’s Candy Cane Coal


Talk about an unusual item.

Trader Joe’s candy lumps of “coal”.

Minty chocolate crunchy bits. You can stuff them into stockings for a fun and unusual gift people WILL talk about. I sent these to my niece and nephew in Japan. I’m sure they are the only ones in Japan with this candy!

Eggnog Almonds


My local Trader Joes had a sign next to these candies, around Christmas-time…
“Oops – We bought too many of these; our mistake is your gain. Reg. price $3.99. Now $1.99”


Who could resist such a come-on? I bought some to try …and they are actually quite tasty.

They are good-size almonds inside with a white chocolate outer coating, and they do taste like “Eggnog”. They have that flavor profile and spices. You can see flecks of nutmeg in the coating.

As I’m a dark chocoholic I normally avoid anything with white chocolate (no cacao? thats not chocolate) as a waste of flavorless calories, but the spices make this into something tasty. Try them if you see them , especially for the overbuy “mistake” price.