Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bratwurst & Pennsylvania Dutch-Style Sauerkraut

Recently I was asked to review a recipe that will soon be published in a gluten free cookbook. This dish is based on that recipe. Although the original recipe specifically calls for Dietz & Watson Chicken Bratwurst and Dietz & Watson sauerkraut, feel free to use any kind of bratwurst and sauerkraut you want.  Also, feel free to use non-alcoholic  white wine, or even just white grape juice.

This recipe produces a LOT of food, so feel free to cut it in half and easily be able fill up four people's bellies:)  Also, make sure to drain and rinse your sauerkraut well - if not - the vinegar taste will be overwhelming.  This is a complete meal - no side dishes necessary. Enjoy!!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Serves: 6-8

  • 2 pounds bratwurst
  • 9 slices bacon
  • 4 tblsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium sized onions (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 4 cups sauerkraut (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 1/2 cups sweet white wine (ex., Riesling), or white grape juice (no sugar added)
  • 2 large apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 large red skinned potato (about 3-4 oz.) (peeled and grated)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Cooking Directions
  1. Melt 1 tblsp butter in a large pot over medium high heat and add the bratwurst and sear until browned. Turn and repeat. Remove the bratwurst from pot and reserve for later.
  2. Melt 3 tblsp butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3 minutes, or until crisp.  Add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 minutes or so, or until golden brown.
  3. Stir in the sauerkraut, wine (or unsweetened white grape juice), and caraway seeds. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the stock is reduced by 3/4ths. 
  4. Slice and dice up the cooked bratwurst. Add the bratwurst to the sauerkraut. Stir in the apples and grated potato and cook for another 30 minutes, or until the apples and potato are mushy. 
  5. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste. 

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