When it comes to sausages, Germany is where it's at. The original home to the best of the wurst, October wouldn't be the same without Oktoberfest. But who is to say the celebration of sausages and beer only belongs to that one European country? So, in an effort to bring the best of flavours from all corners of the globe, we got together with our friends at Acquired Taste Magazine for a "meating of the nations."

Written by Michael Bercasio & Chuck Ortiz

Photography by Greg Washington

filipino style
Pair it with
Tecate, originally brewed by Cerveceria Tecate and named after the city of Tecate, in Baja California.

In any given occasion, who doesn't like Mexican food? Whether you're indulging in burritos, tacos, or a plate full of nachos, Mexican food has found a soft spot amongst many food aficionados. With a menu dominated with ingredients that will make your mouth salivate, we can only wish that healthy eating consisted of cheese, beans, corn and beef. Not that it would ever stop us from diving in, of course. Thinking outside the box, we took the standard flavours found in a Mexican menu — salsa, cilantro, avocado, limes — and gave it a twist, suited for October. Did your mouth salivate yet?

mexico ingredientsguacamole relish
• 2 ripe Avocados
• Handful of cilantro, chopped
• Juice of half a lime
• Salt & pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the above ingredients, refrigerate for 1 hr for best results.
mexico ingredientschipotle salsa
• 2 whole smoked chipotle peppers, diced
• 1 cup of regular salsa

In a large mixing bowl, mix chipotle peppers with salsa. (add more chipotle peppers if you like it hotter).
mexico ingredientsmancheago cheese
• Mancheago cheese diced

You can use Queso Fresco as a substitute.
jamaica style
Pair it with
Perroni, brewed in Italy to the original recipe since 1963 by Peroni Nastro Azzurro, who exemplifies the traditions of Italian craftsmanship, passion and flair.

Priding themselves on traditional, home cooked recipes is the signature Italian approach to cooking up goodness in the kitchen. Not straying far from that, we took a homemade spicy Marinara sauce and mixed it with Olive Tapenade to serve as a condiment, with the inclusion of sliced Provolone cheese to add a mild smoky taste. What you see, is what you get: a sausage with a rustic Italian angle that is healthier than most hot dogs, and is still satisfying as hell.

italy ingredientsSpicy Marinara
• 1 small onion
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1 tsp Peperoncino
• 2 cups of Crushed tomatoes
• 1 handful of Parsley
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sized saucepan, saute onions, garlic and Peperoncino in olive oil until cooked through. Then add in crushed tomatoes and simmer for 10 mins. Finish off with parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.
italy ingredientsOlive Tapenad
Italian dishes are known for their use of herbs, spices, and of course, olives. Tapenades is essentially, finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. Often used as an appetizer, served with crackers, it can also be used as a condiment to add some pep to your step.
italy ingredientsRoasted Bell Peppers
• 2 whole bell peppers

Broil peppers until all sides are evenly charred. Then, place the peppers in a bowl and quickly saran wrap it. Let it sit (5-8 mins). The steam will help the charred skin to peel. Peel them, remove the seeds, and slice into strips. To finish, mix it with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt.
italy ingredients
Provolone Cheese
Used in deli sandwiches, Provolone cheese adds a nice mild flavour to any dish that is a tad bold for your palette. Although this popular form of cheese is produced in North America and Japan, the best of the best can be found in Northern Italy.
The Jerk
jamaica style
Pair it with
Red Stripe, a Jamaican lager beer that was originally a
soft drink manufacturer.

If you're like me, and love yourself some West Indian food, then a slew of Jamaican dishes has to be at the top of your charts. With food that is packed with flavour and spice, you can only imagine how a sausage wrapped with Jerk onions, habanero sauce and plantain relish will freak your tastebuds. So if you want a taste of the Caribbean Islands, without leaving home, then this Jamaican-style sausage is your answer.

jamaica styleJerk Onions
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 habanero pepper, finely chopped
• 2 teaspoons dried thyme
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tsp olive oil

Using a small sauce pan, saute onions in olive oil with all of above ingredients until onions become translucent.
jamaica styleFried Plantain Relish
• 1 ripe plantain banana
• 2 tbsp butter
• 3 tbsp brown sugar

Dice the plantain. Using a small pan, cook plantains in butter and brown sugar until soft and caramelized.
jamaica styleHabanero Ketchup
• 1 cup ketchup
• 3 habanero peppers, finely chopped
• 1 tsp olive oil

Using a small sauce pan, saute habanero peppers in olive oil just until they start to brown.

Add the ketchup into the pan with the habanero peppers and mix until fully incorporated.
in a Bun
filipino style
Pair it with
San Miguel, the beer of choice for Filipino citizens. And it's quite evident with a total country market share of approximately 95%.

If you thought a breakfast of champions consisted mainly of toast, eggs and pancakes, then you obviously have not been introduced to this Asian Pacific cuisine. Typically, a top-of-the-morning meal includes a longaniza (Filipino sausage), fried eggs, and a cup of rice. Yes, it is true. When it comes to food, Asian's go in. Keeping that in mind, we took the basic fundamentals found in a Filipino dish — banana ketchup, pickled atchara, fried egg — and drizzled it on a sausage and slapped it in-between a bun. And what's with the peanuts you ask? To add some flavour, we topped it off with some garlic peanuts for an added kick, P.I. style.

italy ingredientspickled atchara
Pickled atchara is to FIlipinos what pickles are to the Western World. Essentially, atchara is grated unripe papaya mixed with carrot slices, ginger, bell peppers, onions, and garlic.
italy ingredientsBanana Ketchup
This popular Filipino condiment is sweeter than your traditional ketchup, and contains vinegar and spices for some extra tang.
italy ingredientsFried Egg
Take it for face value, a fried sunny-side-up egg simply tastes good and is a fundamental must in any Filipino breakfast.
italy ingredients
Crushed Garlic Peanuts
Peanuts are widely used in Indonesia, however, Peanuts originally came to Indonesia from the Philippines, where the legume came from Mexico in times of Spanish colonization.
The Sausage
with Seoul
korean style
Pair it with
Hite beer, a sweet and golden beer, brewed with malt and rice. The lager has a thin body and minimal head, meaning, it's the sexy Korean girl pop star of
Pacific beers.
(sorry, I had to.)

Technically an Asian fusion sausage, since hoisin sauce is usually found in Chinese dishes (stop being so discriminatory), this combination makes use of two main ingredients Koreans are known for: gochujang and kimchi. Lately, Korean food has been going through a renaissance of sorts in North America with the advent of kimchi tacos in food trucks, so any addition to the usual korean flavours is always greeted with a welcome mat. The result is a mix of savoury with sour flavours punched up with a bit of heat, giving the body of this meat pile a bunch of Seoul.

italy ingredientsKimchi
Kimchi, a Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, and seasoned is a perfect alternative to your usual pickled options.
italy ingredientsHoisin Sauce
Popular with Chinese duck dishes, this savoury sauce adds some much needed colour and Asian harmony to an otherwise dominantly Korean dish. Just don't confuse it with hickory bbq.
italy ingredientsGojuchang
Created by Koreans in the 18th century after Europeans introduced chilis into the culture, gojuchang is that rare condiment that adds spice and sweetness. Typically found in traditional Korean bibimbap dishes, we whisked in mayo to give the condiment a 21st century makeover.
The Wurst
filipino style
Pair it with
Lowenbrau, the beer of choice, served at every Oktoberfest in Munich since 1810.

When it comes to sausages, the German's know their stuff. So it would be a major disservice to this piece by leaving out the originators of the wurst. If you want to keep it safe and traditional, then buy yourself a good ol' German sausage dressed with all of your pickled goodness. And make sure to include an ice cold beer to wash down your throat. Yes, you guessed it... pause.

italy ingredientsSauerkraut
For some things, no explanation is required, so why not add Sauerkraut, one of the worlds go-to condiments for hot dogs. Trust us when we tell you nothing, just take a bite of it and you'll understand.
italy ingredientsPickles
Over-the-counter pickles sliced into thin circles will do. Simple and straightforward, our taste buds always yearn for an extra kick. No fancy recipes here, just a condiment that is packed full of flavour.
italy ingredientsGerman Mustard
The more spice, the better. And what is a German Sausage without some mustard from the homeland? Tell your taste buds, you're welcome.

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