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World Breakfasts: Goetta

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World Breakfasts: Goetta

This week’s world breakfast comes from the USA, but it’s not a nationwide favourite. In fact, few people beyond Cincinnati, Ohio, will have ever heard of Goetta (get-uh). Goetta is a German-inspired meat-and-grain sausage that’s served up in log or loaf form. Its popularity in this part of America owes a lot to Cincinnati’s German-immigrant history and the city’s reputation as a hotbed of pork (Cincinnati is affectionately known as Porkopolis).

Making Goetta involves the use of a slow cooker, so it’s not something you can grab on your way out of the door on a morning, but don’t let that put you off. It’s simply too nice a recipe for you not to try.

We’ve used pork and beef for our interpretation of this recipe, but feel free to substitute those for turkey and turkey sausage if you seek something a little healthier.  

What you’ll need:

1lb ground pork (or turkey sausage)

1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)

1.4l water

350g pinhead oats

2-4 bay leaves

2tsp salt

1tsp black pepper

1 onion, chopped

Oil for frying

What you’ll need to do:

1. Pour the water, salt and pepper, into a slow cooker and bring to the boil (high heat for about 20 minutes). Stir in the oatmeal, cover and cook for 90 minutes.

2. Mix the pork, beef, onion and bay leaves together in a bowl and add them to the oatmeal mixture. Stir well to fully incorporate the ingredients and cook for a further 3 hours on a low heat, stirring occasionally.

3. Transfer the mixture to loaf tins and leave to cool before placing in a refrigerator for 1 hour to chill fully.

4. To cook the goetta, slice and fry a couple of slices at a time in a lightly oiled skillet. Fry until evenly browned on one side and flip. Cook the other side until brown and serve. 

This week’s world breakfast comes from the USA, but it’s not a nationwide favourite. In fact, few people beyond Cincinnati, Ohio, will have ever heard of Goetta (get-uh).