Octoberfest Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Skillet
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Be sure to have your German beer ready to go with this!
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- 6 slices bacon
- 2 tablespoons butter (optional) or 2 tablespoons margarine (optional)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 lbs sauerkraut, rinsed and well-drained
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup apple cider or 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 lb fresh bratwurst (about 5)
- 2 medium apples, cored, and sliced
- Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan, drain, and crumble; set aside.
- Drain off all but 2 tbsp of dripping in pan (or use butter or margarine if you prefer); add onion and garlic to drippings; cook over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in sauerkraut, potatoes, 2 cups water, apple cider, brown sugar, bouillon, caraway, and bay leaf.
- Bring to a boil over heat.
- Meanwhile, brown bratwurst in another skillet over medium heat until browned, turning to brown all sides.
- Add to sauerkraut mixture when it comes to a boil; then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add apples, and cook, covered, for 5-10 minutes more or until apples are tender.
- Stir in the bacon, and discard the bay leaf; serve.
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Incredible dish! Just made it this evening following your recipe with a minor change to use chicken stock I had on hand instead of water and bullion. Served with rye bread and beer. I may try shredding the apples at the end next time as my husband's helping had too many apples and not enough potatoes (because we couldn't tell the difference when serving). Thank you for this keeper!Reply
What a hit. Everyone LOVED this dish!!! I grated the apples, doubled the potatoes, and used spicy brats. Prepared the dish as suggested and then transferred it all to a slow cooker - and off to a football party we went. Thanks for sharing this wonderfully delicious dish. Will continue to make it.Reply
This is darn near perfection! We've made a dish similar to this for years but I've never added the bacon, brown sugar or caraway seeds. This was enjoyed by all and there were no left overs! DH & DS both said "Don't know what you did different, but do it again!" Thanks for sharing a great recipe that will be repeated over and over again.Reply
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