Kassler or Kasseler in German cuisine is the name given to a salted (cured) and slightly smoked cut of pork. Pork necks and loins are the most often used cuts although ribs, shoulders and bellies can also be used. It is often served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes.
In addition to pork, chicken prepared 'Kasseler' style is available at some butchers.
It is unclear where the name comes from. It is often said, that the name derived from a Berlin based butcher called Cassel who prepared the cut in the late 19th century. However records of the town's inhabitants show that in the 19th century no one called Cassel or Kassel was living in Berlin. Likewise, it is not possible to prove that Kasseler comes from the German town Kassel.
In Finland, pork neck of any type is called kassler.
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German Smoked Pork Kassler, www.grouprecipes.com
Kassler with Red Cabbage, www.lifestylefood.com.au