The Carniolan sausage is part of the culinary trio, the three recipes that carry Kranj in their name. The sausage was developed at the time of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in the Gorenjska region, which at that time was the Duchy of Carniola, named after Kranj.
Its fame is well illustrated by an anecdote about the Emperor Franz Joseph. When this sausage was served to him in the famous carters’ inn, Marinšek in Naklo, the innkeepers felt embarrassed that they could not offer him anything more festive, but His Imperial Majesty was downright thrilled. He found the sausage so delicious that he cried out: “This is no ordinary sausage, this is a Carniolan sausage!”
And what about the recipe according to which it is made?
Only the best pork of the 1st and 2nd category is used. The filling consists of 75-80% pork, minced in a special* way, and 20-25% of hard pork fat. Ingredients include also nitrite curing salt, crushed or ground pepper and dehydrated garlic. The mixture is placed into a casing made from pig's intestine and skewered in pairs with a wooden skewer.
The sausage is then smoked hot with beech wood and pasteurized. So it becomes semi-durable and should be cooked before consumption. The Carniolan sausage is traditionally served warm, with sauerkraut as a side dish, which is sometimes roasted, or with grated sour turnips. You can also eat the sausage cold, with a bread roll or a bun, mustard, grated horseradish and a pitcher of beer.
Only certified manufacturers are enttled to produce the Carniolan sausage and call it by that name.
* The meat is pulled apart, either by hand (with a knife) or mechanically (ground in a meat grinder, chopped in the cutter, homogenized in the colloid mill, crushed into flakes and the like) and this changes the structure of the muscle fat and other tissue.
What is the cultural heritage of Kranj and Gorenjska for you?
The information point Europe Direct of Gorenjska is launching a campaign collecting photos of cultural heritage in the region. VisitKranj will also be taking part in this campaign on its Instagram page. Photographs depicting traditions, customs, working methods, festivals, specialties, clothing, buildings – anything you consider to be the cultural heritage of Gorenjska, and add the hashtag #KranjForCulture. The best 5 photos will be forwarded to Europe Direct Gorenjska and they will post them on their Facebook page. And the best 10 photos will be displayed in the window of the Kranjska Hiša tourist information centre.
The campaign runs until 26 October.