Recipe by MLTDEBBIE
"Wanted to do something different with brats, so I put this together from ingredients I had in the cupboard."
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fresh bratwurst sausages
1 (32 ounce) package
1 (15 ounce) can
I liked the sweet/sour concept so the next time I made this I doubled the brown sugar and sprinked 1 tbsp. over the saurkraut and 1 over the beans. This was good on a bun with some ketchup (honest!) but it's also good without the bun. Want it extra quick and easy? Use a bag of Johnsonville pre-cooked brats, thawed, but throw them in still cold. Works wonderfully. My whole family liked this, even my 18-month old. This deserves 5 stars simply because it tastes good but it's so fast and easy. After making this a few times, I realized a regular size can of saurkraut is plenty, at least for our tastes.
My guys were really disappointed with this recipe...it's basically pretty ugly, and we couldn't figure out what to do with everything... way too mushy to put in a bun..do you put the beans in or have them on the side? They henceforth have demanded I not adulterate their beloved brats and kraut. I love this site for printing recipes just before I go home, and have a huge stack of recipes that stepson wants to take to college. Unfortunately, this one went in the trash... sorry!
Very good recipe but an excellent variation on this is:
1. Always precook the brats in straight beer with onions chopped up into large pieces in beer. Boil the onions in beer until soft prior to boiling brats. Only boil brats for 5 minutes then take off heat and let it soak in all the beer and onion flavor for a while.
2. Take several jalapenos and center celery stalks and chop to small 1/4" pieces and sautee them in butter over a low heat until very soft. Keep pan covered. I use 50/50 mixture but if you like it hotter go 66/33 or if not so hot go 25/75(first number is percentage of jalapeno in mix)
3. Take a flavor injector syringe and inject the jalapeno and celery into the brat. Be sure to only inject the mixture into the ends of the brat, not through the sides because the the juice will leak out during the cooking with the sauerkraut.
4. Put brats in the sauerkraut and cook til done.
5. Use the onions in the beer on your sandwich.
A huge hit with my hubby Debbie! Altered the recipe a bit by lightly browning some onion in a pan, while several strips of bacon were cooking in the microwave. I added the sauerkraut to the onion, then the bacon, plus caraway seeds. (German people need these seeds in their kraut) After simmering for about fifteen minutes, I then proceeded with the recipe. I used Johnsonville Brats even though my Dad, Otto, would probably laugh at me. Sorry Dad, but they're good. Anyway, this is a good and comforting dish and I thank you for submitting it.
Very tasty !! I LOVE sauerkraut but my husband detests the stuff and gets mad at me whenever I try to feed it to him!! He actually ate it and commented that it 'tasted pretty good' HA! I could not bring myself to buy the pale, anemic uncooked bratwurst so I started with the precooked kind and skipped step 1. I did rinse and then simmer my kraut in a pan with a bit of water and beer for about 15 min. and then put a generous amount of brown sugar on top after putting it in the baking dish (my attempt at disguising it for hubby dear). There were no leftovers, my 7yo ate up the extra brats, hubby claimed the beans and I got the kraut...everyone was happy!
This WAS the best.....I didn't have any celery salt, so I omitted that. Didn't even miss it. But everything else added, made this a wonderful meal. I used the brat buns, and everyone loved them. Very juicy and tender. The beans themselves were delicious added to the brats along with the tasty sauerkraut. With a little sweetness from the brown sugar....It made this a perfect meal.
This recipe was , quick, tasty and great,everyone loved it..I used Bush"s beans, and 2 Tbls. sugar..Kids love this recipe,and it gets the veggies in them..Great for a picnic!!!
I made this dish but substituted a can of drained black beans for the baked beans. I like this dish. It was quick and easy and the sour/sugar combo was a hit. Next time though I will add a little more than the called for tablespoon of sugar.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Bean Casserole
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 305
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