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So… if you’ve never seen The Producers, there’s a good chance that you might find this post offensive. And I’ll admit, it was borderline for us too, but it DID make us laugh (in a rather guilty way), so here it is.
Springtime for Hitler is one of the most jaw-on-the-floor-with-shock dance routines in musical theatre. The whole premise of the musical is for the producers (played by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in the 1968 movie, and by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick both on Broadway and in the 2006 film) to lose money on the show. They hire the worst playwright, hire a camp director, and include musical numbers like this one – aiming to disgust the audience and the close the show early. The musical number involves goose-stepping, stormtroopers, gun shots, tap dancing, comedy costumes, and even a Busby Berkeley-style swastika made from rotating dancers.
Although some of the audience members begin to walk out, the rest start to think it’s a satire, and start to enjoy it. Exactly like how you’ll enjoy these spring rolls, filled with bratwurst and sauerkraut. Really!
I used two cooked brats for the spring roll filling by removing the casing and dicing up the meat. And yes, I know Hitler was a vegetarian and wouldn’t have eaten sausages, but he only renounced meat later in life, so don’t be a pedant. I added the meat to a sauté pan with a small can of sauerkraut, cooked it for a few minutes, then seasoned the mixture with black pepper (it probably won’t need any salt).
After the filling had cooled a little, I rolled the mixture in spring roll wrappers, using water to moisten the edges and to seal the rolls. There’s a great tutorial here which was very useful.
Because I don’t deep fry food, I decided to bake the spring rolls. After wrapping I placed them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat and sprayed them with a little olive oil spray.
I roasted them in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes, turning half way through the cooking time.
Feel free to arrange them on a serving platter in a pattern most likely to offend your guests.
Springtime for Hitler and GermanyDeutschland is happy and gay!We’re marching to a faster paceLook out, here comes the master race!
If you love The Producers, check out our dessert recipe: I Want To Be Pro-Mousser!