I have always been curious about new cooking ingredients and recipes. Even if Spicie Foodie wasn’t a huge part of my life I would feel the same. Every week I would still continue to cook several new dishes, just like I did before the existence of this blog. But as much as I like trying new foods and creating new recipes there are some meals that are part of my repertoire.
Those dishes comfort my soul, flush my body with memories and of course fill an empty stomach. Bratwurst with sauerkraut does all of that for me. When I crave it or upon the first bite I am reminded of Germany and Austria. It is a meal my husband and I enjoy and look forward to when we vacation in either country.
In 2010 I shared this recipe for the first time. Back then Spicie Foodie did not have the following it now has, and so I always felt that the recipe didn’t receive the attention I would have wanted it to…Or it could be the horrible photos that didn’t help…I don’t know. Regardless of the reason I wanted to “redo” the photos and post to share one of our most favorite meals. Those of you that have purchased a copy of Yummy Pics (thank you) will recognize the photos, they illustrated part of the “Meats and Sausages” styling section. I won’t be updating the old post with these new photos. As embarrassing as the older pictures are I leave them up as a reminder to continue practicing and learning my trade.
Let’s get to recipe and after we’ll talk about the giveaway.
- 1 bag of Sauerkraut (500 grams or 1 lb), drain most off the liquid
- 6 whole juniper berries
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- olive oil or vegetable oil
- 3 veal Bratwurst
- ready made mashed potatoes for serving*
- German style mustard
- dark rye bread
- Heat the oil in a large pan, once warm saute the onions until translucent. add the juniper berries and cook for 2 minutes. Next pour the sauerkraut into the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Under medium heat, and stirring occasionally, continue to cook the sauerkraut until all of the liquid has evaporated and it begins to caramelize and turn a golden brown. This will take about 15-20 minutes
- Once the sauerkraut has finished cooking you can start on the sausage. Using a sharp knife make small horizontal cuts along it just as is in the photos. Heat a lightly oil grilling pan and grill them until they split and are cooked through.
- Serve the grilled sausages with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, horseradish, mustard and bread. If you'd like, they pair great with beer.
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy to prepare meal. It is one of my husband’s favorites so I highly recommend you cook it for the men in your life. But ladies also love it -I do.
Yummy Pics Giveaway
Previously I mentioned Yummy Pics and a giveaway. If you haven’t heard yet, I wrote a photography ebook to share my knowledge. The ebook is a food blogger’s guide to better photos. Today my sweet friend Faith of An Edible Mosaic is sharing her review and giving away one copy, http://www.anediblemosaic.com/?p=11267
Please stop by An Edible Mosaic to see what Faith thinks and to enter your chance to win a copy of Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger’s Guide to Better Photos. Don’t forget to check out her gorgeous An Edible Mosaic cookbook too. I’ll be giving away a copy soon but in the mean time head over to win a copy of Yummy Pics, http://www.anediblemosaic.com/?p=11267