With Housemade Sauerkraut, Bolsa Mercado Just Might Save My New Year's Day

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I am made of considerable German stock -- my father was a Reitz, and my mother was a Schuster. But for whatever reason this heritage did not make it to my dinner table. We ate like the rest of America while I grew up.

The only time our table was graced with anything remotely German was New Year's Day. My mother would roast pork, reheat prepared sauerkraut and whip up some mashed potatoes with a hand mixer. We'd watch football all day and eat till we popped.

As I've carried on the tradition, I've upped the ante a little. I'll buy a case or two of German beer and bratwursts I'll slowly simmer in water or beer before browning them in a pan. I'll buy a big pork roast, too, and stud it with garlic and roast it. Some years there's spaetzle laced with black pepper and tossed in butter and fresh chives. But there's always a huge assortment of mustards and too much food. It's the last day to indulge the holidays before those resolutions kick in.

Here in Dallas, I intend to carry on the tradition. And while sausage, potatoes, pork and a boat load of mustard have proven easy to find, I may have to go without handmade sauerkraut.

If you've ever had the stuff freshly made, you'll know that kraut served from a bag or can is limp and flaccid by comparison. The flavor is muted, too. When freshly fermented in a barrel on-site, the cabbage maintains a hefty chew and a clean, natural flavor offset by a musky funk.

A few weeks ago I talked to Inga Bowyer, president of the germandeli.com, which has an online presence to supplement its traditional store in Colleyville. No luck. They sell a lot of kraut but don't make any on-site -- it's all pre-packaged. Bowyer did talk me into considering Rouladen for my next German feast. Check out this recipe.

No luck at Kuby's either. They told me they made it on site on the phone, but when I asked how, they pulled back a little. Turns out they take pre-packaged kraut and doctor it up with wine, vinegar, and bacon. I'm sure it tastes fine, but I'd like to tweak my own at home, with spices like caraway and juniper.

Bolsa Mercado, however, delivers. Matt Balke started a 22-gallon Lexan container of shredded cabbage and salted water a few weeks ago. Balke says the kraut is pure, no seasoning other than the natural flavors of sweet funky fermentation, which allows me to doctor things up at home however I see fit. They've also got house-made bratwursts in the deli case. I'll probably hit up Kuby's and Rudolph's, too, for a German sausage showdown.

My feast is saved.

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Bolsa Mercado

634 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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53 comments
Lisa
Lisa

Try checking out the workshops at http://24carrothealth.com/even.... I teach you how to make your own traditionally fermented foods including sauerkraut coming up 1/22/12 at Urban Acres!

Jessica
Jessica

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ts
ts

German food gets mentioned in this blog and the next thing you know all the commenters are comparing their sausages.  I love these here internets.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Good job today folks kickin' JD in the nuts!  Keep up the courageous work.  

Going hiking folks.

Kergie out.

Steve
Steve

Hey, Scott, check out Henk's European Deli/restaurant behind Half price books (NW Hwy location), or maybe the Bavarian Grill up in Plano.   And have a Happy New Year!

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Alton Brown has a sauerkraut recipe that seems to be rather simple and looked damn tasty.

therrick
therrick

Hey I too am from German stock. We did eat plenty of German food growing up. My mom's side of the family use to can their own sauerkraut. We of course ate it fresh as it was made and then through the rest of the year. That canned stuff was infinitely better than anything to come from any grocery store.

Stew
Stew

i had to read "watch football all day and eat till we popped" 3 times before i realized it was "popped" and not "pooped" . i kept thinking how strange it was that the culmination of the evening was the family purge process.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

man - Their roasted cabbage is as good as any I had in Germany. Great stuff

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Scott, now we have a common ground.  No nutkicks from me til the New Year.  I, too, am from German stock and greatly enjoy me some sauerkraut..I likey it fresh, canned or in an old shoe. The wifey makes somekind of shredded cabbage with bacon drippings on the stove top that's not to shabby. 

Have you been to Edelweiss?  You ever want to come over to the town of the cow for some goody good good German cuisine and meet Bernd..maybe have a hefeweisen or three..do the chicken dance..drink some more..just give me a hollar. 

Beda
Beda

I've upped the anti It's ante.  Please Dallas Observer, hire an editor.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Why do all your posts sound like Sporting News Radio rolling screen-less at 3am on a Wednesday?

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

We have an editor; he just needs to be better. Thanks for pointing it out, Beda. It's fixed now.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

It's so nice that the DISD displaced grammar teachers have found a new home..in the comments of CoA..send in your resume Beda, and zip it.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Not being drawn offsides by a 140 pound, 5 foot 6 lineman.  Not happenin' sir.  

Beda
Beda

I'm not a teacher.  It's not just bad grammar in these posts, there are also poorly constructed sentences and paragraphs.  What I see in these unedited articles is the "dumbing down" of our society.  Josh, are you really okay with that? 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, but if you can't trust a writer for something as basic as spelling -- i would guess his blog platform even has spellcheck, why trust his food recommendations?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Good lord - do I have to explain intraweb forums and blog posts to every n0ob swinging dick in Dallas?  It's kind of a tradition on some forums and blogs to add onto an extremely heavily commented post. It's a sign of participation and sort of marking ones territory. That post was the most commented one of 2011. The root is from "Kilroy was here" graffiti. Get it??  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...

Guest
Guest

Seig Heil, Mein Fuhrer! Ich liebe ihren Schnuurrbart. Erinnere mich an die guten Zeitan in der Waffen-SS? Wie viele Juden haben Sie brennen heute?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I rank the former members of the Sporty thusly:

1: Kergs2: Richie Shitt3: Half-cat4: Former mayor of Coppell5: Any dead wrestler6: All of us7: Rooster1132: scott5326: sloppyjoe

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

He wasn't talking aboot your guy-friend.(not that there's anythingg wrong with that)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I was the master of the Sportatorium, my good sir, but as many times as Kergo makes you scratch your head trying to decode him, he'll turn out absolute genius that makes it all worthwhile.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

sorry. I'll post some 5 year old intraweb memes to make you feel at home

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

My family is half German.  My great grandfather served Kaiser Wilhelm.  Any more AWESOME points f+uckhead?  My mom's maiden is Kaulbach-THE Kaulbach's.  You feel into my beartrap you stinkin', lonely, running turd.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

How about the guy stop spamming this blog with cut and paste garbage that has nothing to do with the post?  OK?  We get it. He was the master of Sportatorium. He either loved RW or despised him. I.don't.care.

JoBob in Joshua
JoBob in Joshua

You seem to have a rather big problem with the Kergs but never have an issue with the writers of the blog, why is that?  If you truly hate what Kergs is about, dont read it

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

why?  Because the only German food you've eaten is Der Wiener Schnitzel and the braised cabbage at Luby's?  Based on your other food rant-lets, this must be the case

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

And I repeat sir(s)-bleeeckkt.  The only thing worse than German food, is Ethiopian.  The list goes a s follows:

1) Southern Italian2) Southern Italian3) Continental Mexican4) Southwestern ......................

131) Ethiopian132) French133) German134)  New Guinian (they eat people) 

Guest
Guest

Sorry, Jon. Didn't realize this was directed to you. My mistake.

Everyone
Everyone

Please SHUT THE FUCK UP!  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Get em Merkie; don't let that turd hold us down!  Thank god I had a break from him today. Remember, JD thinks he is ALWAYS right.  It's like having an ugly, demanding  girlfriend.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

am I doing sports banter here jackass? No, otherwise it would get deleted,I specifically stated we did that in the sportatorium which is why our comment count is so high, so get off your high effing horse about the sportatorium commenters.  We are contributing to the CoA more so than you and enjoying unfair park too.  Sorry we arent uptown douche enough for ya

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Here's an idea - this blog is not your personal "off topic" forum. No one cared because Sportatorium sucked. This blog does not suck. So perhaps you should find some other place to do "sports banter". You know, like a "sports" blog. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

which is exactly why he and I and so many others had tons of comments on there, a few nutkicks to RW and the rest was sports banter and fun between the commentariet

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Because I would expect most of that was when Richie was there, and Richie is unlistenable and unreadable to any semi-intelligent person

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

and what is wrong with having commented on Sportatorium?  Glad you could point out his large contribution to the comment section of the DO

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Beda -

Here is all you need to know about JBG

Sportatorium 1325 Comment

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Beda, if Jon agrees with my opinion...I must be wrong.  I apologize to you and yours, carry on.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Oh for fuck's sake, it's a blog, not the Atlantic Monthly. Guess what??? It's e.l.e.c.t.r.o.n.i.c

It can be easily corrected, right? You think the CoE should scour these posts like they are page proofs for some book?

Please....go be grammar Nazi somewhere else

Beda
Beda

It's a cumulative nutkick - pretty much ALL of the articles written lately on City of Ate need editing. I'm reacting to what happens when an organization fires people who are crucial to the end product.  DO apparently feels an editor isn't necessary; the lack of an editor here (and in pretty much all the publications I read) is an example.  Well-written stories are just as important to me as the content (best margarita, worst restaurant, etc.).  I just read about Harper Lee and the process her writing went through to produce To Kill A Mockingbird.  That book went through a heavy editing process before it became the book we know.  Editors are necessary.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm usually quick to nutkick Scott, but in this instance I don't see the need.  You nitpicked one word that was mis-spelled/mis-used (anti/ante)...in a 500 word entry. 

You want to nutkick him over writing about tamales he's never had, restaurants he's never been to, dive bars he's only driven past..fair game. 

therrick
therrick

Do you not trust your mechanic because he can't fly a plane? Plus he was calling for an editor who should be proofreading the article. The hardest person to edit is yourself. On top of that a spellchecker wouldn't have caught "anti" since that is a word.

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