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ale-braised bratwurst with sauerkraut

Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Course: Entree
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Beer-braised, Bratwurst, comfort food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 345kcal
This Ale-Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut gets a nice kick-start on the grill (or in the skillet), which gets the brats nice and browned before they the go into the pot to be braised with all the other amazing German aromatics. This is German comfort food at its best!
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb fresh bratwurst uncooked
  • 1 medium yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 12 fl oz. German ale
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups good qaulity sauerkraut drained
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat your grill to medium-high heat , or a large heavy skillet.
  • Add the brats, and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes (doesn't need to be cooked completely through...they will finish cooking while braising). Set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven (or large sturdy pot), over medium eat, warm the olive oil.
  • Add the onion and saute until tender and golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring for another minute.
  • Whisk in the ale and cider until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  • Add the thyme and stock, whisking to blend, and bring to a simmer.
  • Return the sausages to the pot and cover.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover, add the sauerkraut, and simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the sausages and sauce among serving bowls and serve at once.



Calories: 345kcal