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So my son JUST tells me, "oh, um, I need to take a German dish on Monday for Octoberfest in German class." I'm trying so hard to live off what I have here for a little more than 1 more week(adjusting my budget & shopping day). I happened to have just bought a pkg of original brats on clearance for $1.50(I think there are 5 in the pkg) & I have a lot of potatoes. I can pick up a little something, if necessary, & don't HAVE to use these items. What economical ideas do you have for a his German meal? Anything goes as long as it's cheap & if it feeds a crowd, even better! lol.

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Last updated: Oct. 5, 2013 4:49 pm
Posted: Oct. 5, 2013 12:17 pm
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:24 pm
Hi ya taters in this but it sure looks good with the apple. You can just dice up your sausages.
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:27 pm
Not sure how "authentic" this recipe is, but I suspect kids would like them. Of course it uses none of the ingredients you mentioned!
Commented by: SandiBee
Oct. 5, 2013 12:28 pm
Buy a package of coleslaw mix. Cook your brats and toss cooked sliced potatoes and the slaw mix into the skillet adding some butter or oil if too dry. fry it all up! The flavor of the brats will coat the slaw and potatoes. A great German inspired dish. I like to use Pierogi's in place of the potatoes sometimes.
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:30 pm
???? Good luck, Lisa!
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Oct. 5, 2013 12:32 pm
I'd make something like this. It's fast, cheap and yummy! There are a bunch of recipes for it on here.
Oct. 5, 2013 12:52 pm
I would do hot potato salad like Christina recommended, grill the sausages, slice then ad to the salad, it could be kept warm in the crockpot easily.
Oct. 5, 2013 4:48 pm
this came to mind as soon as I hit the request button! Yep, I'll make this, for sure. I love it!!
Commented by: Applekrisp
Oct. 5, 2013 12:38 pm
German potatoe salad is a warm dish. Or you could grill the brats then simmer with sauerkraut with caraway seed or other seasonings added; a slow-cooker would work great if he has to take it to school.
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Oct. 5, 2013 1:33 pm
When I think of German food, I think spaetzle- cheap, easy ingredients, and yummy...I ate spaetzle & gravy as a kid like other kids ate mac & cheese :-)
Commented by: nanny129
Oct. 5, 2013 1:41 pm
Oct. 5, 2013 1:41 pm
Oct. 5, 2013 1:42 pm
here's a link i saved for german foods- may be something there- but what a deat on those brats-- all ya need is cabbage and / or taters:-)
Oct. 5, 2013 3:26 pm
A dessert might be the easiest/cheapest approach. Proteins are expensive. "Do what nobody else is doing, and win 'fame' for thinking outside the box"!
Oct. 5, 2013 4:49 pm
Great link! If I had ground beef, I'd def make the meatballs. How easy!! I think I'll do the cuc salad too. Super easy & cheap. I like it! Thanks everyone!!!!
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