Your Father In Law is right - it is Gut! While it's cooking, the flavors let you know you're about to have that wonderful German food experience. The caraway, Gherkins and seasoning in the brats combine to give an unmistable and wonderful flavor. Cooking the potatoes in a layer on top helps them keep their shape, but still absorb the flavor. Loved the idea of the tomatoes, too - I used fresh garden tomato slices. We also had dark brown bread to soak up the juices. My husband, a meat and potatoes man, absolutely loved it. Made for PAC Fall 2009.