Delicious German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer 1

Delicious German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer

Yield: One 9” x 9” Casserole Dish

German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer

German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer

German sausage with sauerkraut in beer is oven roasted with bacon, brats, pancetta, garlic, lots of beer and is pure comfort food.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Lean Bacon
  • 2.5 lb. Sauerkraut (Anita says the jar variety is best)
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves, Diced
  • Pancetta (note this is our addition to the recipe and is optional)
  • 4 Brats or German Sausages or Polish sausage rings (enough for 4)
  • 2-3 cans or bottles of beer – your choice
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 9 casserole dish with bacon.

Combine and drain both the jar and the tin of sauerkraut. Using half, arrange the kraut in a layer in the bottom of your casserole dish.

Sprinkle with 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped, and pepper to taste.

Add second layer sauerkraut and season with 2 more cloves of coarsely chopped garlic and pepper to taste.

Pour two bottles of beer over the casserole and cook in your over for two-hours.

Remove and add the pancetta, returning the casserole to the oven and baking for an additional hour at 275 degrees

Remove and add your sausage, returning the casserole to the oven for an additional hour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 688 Total Fat: 51g Saturated Fat: 17g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 134mg Sodium: 3261mg Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 3g Protein: 39g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Our delicious German sausage with sauerkraut in beer is slowly oven roasted with bacon, brats, pancetta, garlic, lots of beer and is comfort food at its finest

This recipe for Anita’s delicious German sausage with sauerkraut in beer is wonderful comfort food. Remember way back in the 1960’s, when people still thought science was a pretty good idea, the Russelmann family of New York, enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon reading the Schenectady Gazette, happened upon a recipe for Choucroute Garnie. Choucroute Garnie means sauerkraut topped with sausages and layered with lots of salty meats. However in this version a layer of lean bacon is used to line a 9” x 9” casserole dish. Sauerkraut tops the bacon and is in turn topped with pancetta and sausages. Then, a couple of bottles of fine German Pils gets poured over the top for good measure and slow roasted to perfection. Sounds good.

Anita, from Texas, sent us this recipe and a photograph of her Choucroute Garnie, and we immediately gave this recipe a try. We did however get tired of mispronouncing Choucroute Garnie so we renamed the recipe, Anita’s German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer.

This recipe is a modified version of the original published in the Schenectady Gazette. That recipe had you lining the bottom of your casserole dish with pork rinds rather than lean bacon, and then layering with sauerkraut, salt pork, smoked pork loin, knockwurst and pork sausage links. Yikes that’s a lot of meat. Thankfully, Anita’s version is much simpler.

Anita tells us she often uses bratwurst or a hearty German or Polish sausage ring, as they’re really good and a lot easier to find at any grocery. She made her version with Wenzel’s German sausage rings. If you’re ever in Hamilton, Texas be sure to check out Wenzel’s. Pork butt Fridays are the best.

Delicious German Sausage with Sauerkraut in Beer

Serves 4

Prep Time: About 20:00 minutes

Cooking Time: About 4:00 hours

Tools you’ll need:

A 9” x 9” Casserole Dish

Ingredients:

1 lb. Lean Bacon

2.5 lb. Sauerkraut (Anita says the jar variety is best)

3-4 Garlic cloves, Diced

Pancetta (note this is our addition to the recipe and is optional)

4 Brats or German Sausages or Polish sausage rings (enough for 4)

2-3 cans or bottles of beer – your choice

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

bacon lined cassarole

Line the bottom and sides of a 9 x 9 casserole dish with bacon.

add kraut

Drain the sauerkraut. Using half, arrange the kraut in a layer in the bottom of your casserole dish.

add garlic

Sprinkle with half the chopped garlic and add pepper to taste.

add salt and pepper to taste

Add second layer sauerkraut, top with remainder of chopped garlic and season with pepper to taste.

add beer

Pour two bottles of beer over the casserole and cook in your oven for two-hours.

add pancette

Remove and add the pancetta, returning the casserole to the oven and baking for an additional hour at 275 degrees.

add wurst

Remove and add your sausage, returning the casserole to the oven for an additional hour.

sausage-and-beer

Serve with roasted rosemary potatoes, hearty homemade rye, some good spicy mustard and beer.

Note:  Be prepared to add additional beer if it begins to dry out too much. This is a great dish to make, as the weather turns cooler. Enjoy!

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