I love to serve grilled sausages as an easy starter. These are great filler foods, and I tend to keep a few different types of sausages in my freezer at all times, in case people pass by and I need to serve something quickly. This German-inspired beer-braised Bratwurst with red onions is a perfect appetizer that can be served with hot, fresh pretzels and spicy mustard. This bratwurst dish can also be served as a main course with sauerkraut and German style potatoes.
12 ounces of German-style beer
2 pounds Bratwurst or German sausage
2 tablespoons of butter
1 cup sliced red onions
- In a heavy skillet or Dutch oven, bring the beer to a boil. Add the bratwurst and continue to simmer for 10-12 minutes. Flip them occasionally to make sure they cook evenly.
- Remove the bratwursts and place them on a cutting board. Once cooled, slice and reserve the bratwurst. Reserve the cooking juices in a heatproof bowl or measuring cup.
- Return the skillet to the stove with a tablespoon of butter and the sliced red onions. Saute onions 3 to 4 minutes or until very soft. Add the sliced bratwurst and continue sautéing for another 3-4 minutes, or until the onions start to caramelize and the bratwurst browns on the outside.
- Pour the reserved cooking liquid and remaining tablespoon of butter into the brats and onions to deglaze the pan and coat everything. Pour the bratwursts and onions into a dish. Serve with pretzels, spicy mustard and, of course, plenty of German beer to wash it down.
This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of 225 magazine.