Brats and Sauerkraut

"Had this at a farm sell. The sauerkraut on top of the brat was just great! This can easily be made for a large crowd and keep in a roaster."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Saute onions in butter.
  • When the onions are caramelized add garlic, saute for 1 minute.
  • Add undrained sauerkraut, sugar, celery seed and bay leaf.
  • Cover and simmer 1/2 hour.
  • Add meat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Serve on bun and top with sauerkraut.

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  1. This was really quite delicious. I currently live in Germany, so I had access to really nice fresh bratwurst and sauerkraut. I did parboil my bratwursts since they were fresh, but if I were using grocery store bratwurst I wouldn't have felt the need - otherwise I followed the recipe to the letter. I thought everything worked out very well and this was a very easy, filling meal to put together. The flavors all blended together so well and the sauerkraut took on a sweet-n-sour taste. I used red onions, which looked gorgeous in the finished dish.
  2. This was so good, I didn't cook my brats ahead of time either. They took on the flavor of the kraut which had mellowed from the sugar and other additions. I made a double batch because I used a bag of kraut instead of a can, when I mentioned leftovers tomorrow night everyone said they would be back. That's how good it was, DH said this is a definite keeper. Try Mini Ravindran's Warm Mustard Sauce with these - awesome!
  3. Brats should always be precooked on the grill, oven or fry pan before adding them to the kraut. You can also buy the precooked ones but they are not as good (in my opinion anyway). Brats and kraut are a summer staple at our house and they are truly great.
  4. I have made this recipe so many times and it is a favorite in my house. I was under the impression that I had rated it and I'm sorry it took so long. I reluctantly made it recently for my very particular son-in-law and he "made a pig of myself" to quote him. He has since ask my daughter to make it for him. I make this sometimes once a week and sometimes grill the brats instead of cooking in the pan, altho I prefer the pan method. Thanks so much for one of our favorite recipes of all times.
  5. This dish is wonderful. I made this tonight with some fresh brats I picked up from the store. I nestled them down inside the kraut and onions and they were perfectly cooked. I served them with some fresh diced tomatoes, minced onion, spicy mustard and sweet pickle relish. Delicious. Thank you for sharing this with us.


  1. Really good! The flavor is great and the recipe so easy! This is on our "regulars" rotation now! The only change I made was to use caraway seeds instead of celery seeds like others suggested. I used raw brats and no precooking was necessary. Thank you for sharing!
  2. Nice easy lunch or dinner. My can of sauerkraut didn't have much liquid so I added a bit of water. I wasn't crazy about the celery seeds and will probably substitute caraway seeds next time I make this, as I like them better with sauerkraut. **UPDATE** I made this tonight with caraway seed instead of the celery seed and loved it. I will make it this way from now on.



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