A very hearty meal that's good in the autumn or winter. Lots of flavor and very much a comforting meal after a long day in the cold. It pairs well with coleslaw.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook bratwurst in hot oil until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove bratwurst to a plate, reserving drippings in the skillet.

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  • Stir apple and onion slices into the reserved drippings; cook and stir until the onion softens, about 6 minutes. Return bratwurst to the skillet, nestling them into the onion mixture. Pour beer over the sausages; season with salt and pepper.

  • Bring the beer to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the the bratwurst is no longer pink in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Try replacing the beer with hard cider for a fruitier flavor.

Nutrition Facts

428 calories; protein 11.7g 23% DV; carbohydrates 23.2g 8% DV; fat 26.7g 41% DV; cholesterol 51.5mg 17% DV; sodium 820.7mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2016
I made this for 2 people using 2 sausages and fairly closely followed the recipe. I didn't use beer, I used a white zin. I also used less olive oil and broke up 1 Tablespoon of butter for the onion. For a thicker sauce I added 4oz. sliced, cooked white potato. To help the sweetness of the 2 (granny smith) apples (based on the other review of this recipe) I also added 4 oz. sliced, cooked sweet potato. No additional sugar was necessary. You really can deviate at this point and spice it up with Worcestershire sauce or Sriracha sauce or even a Teriyaki. My husband liked it and said he'd eat it again. That's really all I'm looking for. Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2019
I don't have beer in the house so I tried substituting beef broth. It was okay but next time I'll have some beer to use. I think that would make the flavor much better. It was good as is but the broth overwhelmed the apple sweetness. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2016
I made this for 2 people using 2 sausages and fairly closely followed the recipe. I didn't use beer, I used a white zin. I also used less olive oil and broke up 1 Tablespoon of butter for the onion. For a thicker sauce I added 4oz. sliced, cooked white potato. To help the sweetness of the 2 (granny smith) apples (based on the other review of this recipe) I also added 4 oz. sliced, cooked sweet potato. No additional sugar was necessary. You really can deviate at this point and spice it up with Worcestershire sauce or Sriracha sauce or even a Teriyaki. My husband liked it and said he'd eat it again. That's really all I'm looking for. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2018
This is a very good German dish, something my grandmother would have liked. The only difference I did was add a little more onion. Very easy . Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2018
Delicious fast and easy. I tripled the recipe putting the sliced apples onions 2 cans of Bavarian sauerkraut and apple cider (sub for beer) in the crockpot to warm while I browned the brats. Cooked on high for 3 hours. Served with brown rye bread whole grain mustard and cucumber & sour cream side dish. This will be an October tradition! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2014
The brats were tasty but I'm not sure the apples really added anything. We enjoyed these but next time I'll skip the apples. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2019
I used an IPA beer, so added a couple of packets of sugar to take out the bitterness. I also had a leftover baked potato, so I sliced it up and added with the apples and onions. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/05/2019
I didn't love it but I also am aware of two issues I would have done differently. First my grocery store only had pre-cooked bratwurst - thus there wasn't any of that added flavor for browning meat. Second I made it with a stout beer - if I did again I probably would pick a lighter beer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2017
Great recipe. I made it like it said and was really good.Brats are not one of my favorite meats but using the apples and onions and beer made them not so greasy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2019
Yummy! Have made this twice now. Almost never have beer so I used a can of chicken broth both times. 2nd time I added more apple and onion-and a healthy sprinkle of dried rosemary. Good alternative if you don't have beer. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2020
Very useful dish. I used butter to brown, just seemed more savory. I also used apple cider with a spritz of lemon juice , added some rubbed sage. a teaspoon or so. Very tasty. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2019
I don't have beer in the house so I tried substituting beef broth. It was okay but next time I'll have some beer to use. I think that would make the flavor much better. It was good as is but the broth overwhelmed the apple sweetness. Read More