Bratwurst With Apples, Onion, and Sauerkraut

"This sounds great, from Bon Appetit, Nov 2007."
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins




  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°F.
  • Place caraway seeds and fennel seeds in small resealable plastic bag. Crush seeds with mallet. Add flour and pepper to bag; shake to blend.
  • Spread sauerkraut over bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle 1/3 of flour mixture over. Arrange onion slices over; sprinkle with half of remaining flour mixture, then lightly with salt. Spread half of apple slices over, then sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Place bratwurst over apples, then arrange remaining apple slices around bratwurst. Tuck in bay leaves.
  • Mix broth, vermouth, and ketchup in measuring cup. Pour broth mixture evenly over. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Roast bratwurst 45 minutes. Uncover; brush with melted butter. Roast uncovered until edges of apples and sausages begin to brown, about 25 minutes longer. Serve with bread.

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  1. lazyme
    Simple and tasty! I only made one serving and served with rye bread. Thanks for a yummy meal Marra. Made by an Unruly Under the Influence for ZWT6.
  2. morgainegeiser
    This was a great and simple sauerkraut and brat recipe. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I used a small onion, as I wanted the sauerkraut to shine. I also skipped the flour, as I had none, but I thought the flavor was very nice. Made for the ZWT6
  3. PacemakerGuy
    Really easy to make. I only had two apples on hand, and not having the third one really made a difference in the "mouth feel". I would recommend mixing the ingredients just before serving. And it does really need the dark bread.
  4. teresas
    This is by far one of the most flavorful sauerkraut dishes I have come across. I have made sauerkraut forever, DH is German. He gave this 10 stars. :) I was surprised that it wasn't on the tart side. Most recipes call for some sugar. We loved, loved, loved this. Would work great with smoked pork chops. Thanks MarraMamba for posting.
  5. 3KillerBs
    Here's a unanimous thumbs up from my family for a kraut recipe that isn't trying to cover up the taste of the kraut but rather is enhancing the goodness of the kraut. The apples and onions "knock down" the sharpness of the kraut without overwhelming it in sweetness the way so many recipes do. I realized after I pulled the brats from the freezer that the last package was regular instead of smoked, but since I was cooking it in the gas grill I got the smoky flavor anyway. Two things though. I'm not a ketchup fan and I don't know that the ketchup added anything we couldn't have done without and I think it would have been even better if the brats had been browned a little then buried in the kraut to suck up some sauerkraut flavor as it cooked. This wanted pumpernickel bread BADLY but the store was out this morning. :(

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