Bratwurst in Sour Cream Sauce

"A simple German recipe, posted for ZWT 2006."
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  • Put the sausage into boiling water, remove from the heat and let soak for 5 minutes.
  • Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Melt the butter over moderate heat in a large frying pan, add the bratwurst and cooking, turning often until they are brown on all sides.
  • Add the water, lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add more water if needed.
  • Put the sausages on a plate and cover.
  • Beat the flour and salt into the sour cream.
  • Add into the liquid remaining in the skillet.
  • Cook over a low heat, stirring, for 5-8 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened and smooth.
  • Do not boil.
  • Serve over the bratwurst, either whole or sliced.

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  1. This was the something-easy I was looking for on a hot summer day. It made a great gravy for serving the sliced brats over rice. We thought the gravy was a bit on the tart side, perhaps something could be added to alter the flavor a bit. Otherwise it is pretty mellow, nice and simple.
  2. My whole family liked this recipe. I was worried that my husband wouldn't like it b/c he doesn't like sour cream but the flavor is so different than straight sour cream. We have brats about once a month and this will add some variety to our menu.


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