Baked Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Bratwurst have been a family food since before I can remember. Growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, my father remembers being relegated to the basement with other children at the Stayer’s house for cocktail parties. You may not know the Stayers, but they named their family business, a butcher store, after the town they lived in—Johnsonville, Wisconsin. That small butcher shop, opened in 1945, is the same Johnsonville’s known nationally for their sausage offerings.

The standard midwest protocol for bratwurst is to grill it over charcoal and then simmer in a bath of beer, butter, and onion. We do this often, and you can check out our recipe here. Today’s recipe skips the grill and uses the oven, a healthy amount of sauerkraut, and a Granny Smith apple. Made in about an hour in the oven, it’s perfect for rainy days or any time you’d like to make bratwurst without as much active attention. Whether on the grill or in the oven, we love brats. Let us know in the comments how you like your bratwurst!

Ingredients
6 C sauerkraut
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1 Tbsp caraway seeds
7 bratwurst

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix sauerkraut, apple, and caraway seeds and spread evenly over the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan.

Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 hour.

Remove foil carefully and broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes to brown and blister the sausage casings.

Serve and enjoy!

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Baked Bratwursts with Sauerkraut

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients
6 C sauerkraut
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1 Tbsp caraway seeds
7 bratwurst

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix sauerkraut, apple, and caraway seeds and spread evenly over the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan.
  2. Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 hour.
  3. Remove foil carefully and broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes to brown and blister the sausage casings.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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