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Place of originGermany
Region or stateRhineland
Main ingredientsBrown bread, butter, smoked pork sausage, onion rings and spread with spicy mustard

Kottenbutter or Kottenbotter is a sandwich consisting of buttered brown bread or Mischbrot, smoked pork sausage ("Mettwurst"), onion rings and a spread of spicy mustard.[1] Other variants supplement pork with horse meat ("Kottenwurst") or Balkenbrij.[2][3] The sandwich is common in the Bergisches Land region of Germany, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Origin and nomenclature


This local, rustic specialty was the common lunch of the metal workers along the Wupper river in Remscheid, Wuppertal and particularly Solingen,[4] who used grinding wheels powered by the river to sharpen knife blades and to debur steel blanks. As self-employed subcontractors for larger companies in the city centres, they had to grind the steelware blanks under time pressure. Despite the strenuous and hazardous work on the large grindstone (pneumoconiosis and injuries from the driving belt), a two-man operation could not afford a proper meal,[5] so the sandwich was invented as a quick meal that was still plentiful in calories.

As the workers lived and worked in grinding houses, similar to cottages (German: Kotten),[6] the sandwich was named after them.[5]

Relevance today


The Kottenbutter still appears on lists today of specialties in the Bergisches Land[7][8] and is sometimes eaten at special, inaugural events.[9] It also features as part of a "Kaffeetafel" meeting, where a local group will gather and enjoy tea or coffee with Kottenbutter.[10] In August 2021, the Solinger Tageblatt even suggested that offerings of Kottenbutter could be an effective method for encouraging the elderly population to take the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.[11]

On the occasion of 100th anniversary of the construction of the Lüttringhausen town hall, a local butcher's and baker's collaborated to create a 32m (105ft) long Kottenbutter for a local fête.[12]


  1. ^ Stremmel, Ralf (1991). Alltag im Kreis Solingen 1823. Dr. J.W. Spiritus und seine medizinische Topographie (in German). Solingen: City of Solingen. pp. 158ff. ISBN 978-3980167994.
  2. ^ "Bergisches Land 2". Solingen-internet.de (in German). Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  3. ^ Putra, Gisela. Kröppel, Schwert und Pillekuoken (in German). Solingen: U-Form Verlag Hermann Ullrich. p. 7.
  4. ^ Jim Behymer (28 March 2017). "Kottenbutter of the Bergisches Land" (in German). Sandwich Tribunal. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Das Butterbrot der Schleifer". Naturpark Bergisches Land (in German). Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  6. ^ "Historie des Balkhauser Kotten". Schleifermuseum Balkhauser Kotten (in German). Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  7. ^ "Cuisine of Leverkusen for gourmets. Places for dinner - best restaurants". Orange Smile. Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  8. ^ "Bergische Spezialitäten". Solingen.de (in German). Archived from the original on 1 March 2022. Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  9. ^ "Neujahrsempfang des Heimatbundes Lüttringhausen". Remscheid TV (in German). 12 Jan 2020. Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  10. ^ "Mit Kottenbutter und Bier". Wuppertaler Rundschau (in German). 14 Dec 2016. Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  11. ^ Böhnke, Manuel (5 Aug 2021). "Kottenbutter für Biontech/Pfizer". Solinger Tageblatt (in German). Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.
  12. ^ "Hinter "Bergisch Gourmet" verbirgt sich die "Kottenbutter"". Waterbölles (in German). Retrieved 1 Mar 2022.