Monday, January 13, 2014

Slow Cooked Brats with Sauerkraut

The other day I had a craving as I was walking through the grocery store.  I grabbed some bratwurst and a jar of sauerkraut and headed home to figure out how to make a great slow cooker recipe with these two ingredients.  It was a weird craving because this a dish I have never made or even thought of making before.  I was at my neighbors house a week ago and she had some sauerkraut cooking on the stove all day and the smell was so good.  I'll be honest with you, I thought you just open a jar of kraut and serve it straight from there.  I had no idea you could really make something wonderful out of it.  Am I alone?  Anyone with me?  If so, you guys, we have really been missing out!  

This was so good and totally transformed in the slow cooker from a sour cabbage side to a delicious sweet and tangy accompaniment to the bratwurst. Since they were both cooking together with some apples, onions, brown sugar and mustard, they were both so full of flavor.  After we got home from a long night of after school activities and we were able to sit down and enjoy our already made and waiting for us meal.

Sweet Girls reaction was the best.  When she saw me slicing and setting the slow cooker up earlier in the day, she turned up her nose and insisted dinner was going to be gross because she doesn't like hot dogs.  Guess who really loved this dish?  I love being able to show the kids how important it is to try something you may think you don't like because a lot of times you discover something new that you enjoy!  That was the case with Sweet Girl and this slow cooked Brat and Kraut dinner.

recipe from Taste of Home
One or Two package of bratwurst (I had one on hand but you can definitely throw two in here without needing to adjust the rest of the ingredients.)
1 jar of Sauerkraut (rinsed and drained)
2 medium, apples, chopped
3 bacon strips, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground mustard

Buns for serving and more mustard if you like

Place the bratwurst in the slow cooker. Mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the brats.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

One year ago I made Butternut Squash Fries

Two years ago I made Candied Kumquats

Three years ago I made Cuban Style Corn Chowder

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  1. Never thought of using my Crock-Pot to make Bratwurst with sauerkraut, that's such a clever idea!

  2. YES for surprising the kiddos...and for getting this recipe right on the first try!

  3. Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back on Thursday night!

  4. Danielle,
    We love Brats and Sauerkraut, I could just come through this screen, this looks so good! Thanks for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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