Beer-Braised Sausages and Sauerkraut

Beer-braised Sausages And Sauerkraut

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


From Gourmet, February 1996, this sounds like a great dish to make for Oktoberfest.


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30 Min
4 Hr 30 Min


  • 9 c
    sauerkraut (5-6 pounds packaged, not canned)
  • 1/4 lb
    smoked bacon, preferably slab, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium
    onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium
    carrots, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 5 1/2 c
    paulaner (44 oz)
  • 1 c
    chicken broth
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 3/4 lb
    smoked sausages, assorted such as kielbasa, frankfurters, baernwurst, bratwurst, weisswurst, chipolata
  • 1 lb
    canadian bacon, cut into 4 slices

How to Make Beer-Braised Sausages and Sauerkraut


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl soak sauerkraut in cold water to cover 20 minutes, changing water once halfway through soaking.
  3. While sauerkraut is soaking, in a large heavy skillet cook bacon pieces over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons drippings and add onions to bacon. Cook mixture, stirring, until onions are softened.
  4. Drain sauerkraut well in a colander, pressing out excess liquid, and in a large flameproof roasting pan combine with bacon mixture, carrots, beer, broth, bay leaves, salt, and peppercorns. Bring sauerkraut mixture to a boil on top of stove and boil 1 minute.
  5. Cover pan tightly with foil and braise in middle of oven 4 hours.
  6. Sauerkraut may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead, cooled, uncovered, and chilled, covered with plastic wrap. Reheat sauerkraut before proceeding.
  7. If desired, in a heavy skillet heat oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and in batches brown sausages. Add sausages and pork loin to sauerkraut, partially submerging them. Braise sausages and sauerkraut, covered tightly with foil, in middle of oven 30 minutes and transfer with a slotted spoon to a heated platter, discarding bay leaves if desired. (Do not eat bay leaves if leaving as garnish.)

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About Beer-Braised Sausages and Sauerkraut

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: German

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