Beer Simmered Brats
with peppers / onions / German potato salad
This summer meal in which German-style bratwurst sausages ("brats") are simmered in beer or stock to add flavor and then seared until crisp was first featured in June 2016. Topped with peppers and onions and served with a German potato salad (it's good warm or cold), brats are great for a weeknight dinner at home or for serving to a crowd.
- Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced
- Onions, medium - 1, sliced
- Beer, any type - 2 cups (sub stock)
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Sausage, German-style bratwurst - 4 links (sub raw sausage links of choice)
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Hoagie buns (opt) - 4 (sub hot dog buns)
- Mustard, spicy or honey-mustard - 4 Tbsp (sub Dijon)
- Potatoes, baby red - 1 lb (sub new potatoes)
- Celery - 1 stalk, chopped
- Shallots - 1 clove, chopped
- Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
- Mustard, use large grain mustard if you have it - 1 tsp (sub Dijon)
- Sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Bell peppers / Onions - (If prepping right before cooking, skip to Prep Step 2 and get potatoes boiling before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Boil potatoes - Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of potatoes). Drain and rinse under cool water. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
- Celery / Shallots / Parsley - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make potato salad - Quarter boiled potatoes. Combine with celery, shallots, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- If you want to finish the sausage by searing on the grill, heat grill to 500F / 260C degrees (alternatively, you can sear on the stovetop).
- Combine beer (or stock) and butter in a stock pot over medium heat. Bring liquid to a simmer and add sausage, onions and peppers to hot liquid. (Don’t worry if the sausage isn’t completely covered in liquid.)
- Simmer, turning sausage every few minutes, until liquid is mostly reduced and onions and peppers are tender, ~15 minutes.
- Remove sausage from liquid and set aside. Let onions and peppers continue cooking until all the liquid is evaporated and vegetables begin to caramelize on the bottom of the pan.
- To sear sausage on grill: Clean grates and brush with cooking oil. Place sausage over hottest part of grill and sear on all sides, ~5 minutes total. Just before sausage is finished cooking, toast buns (if using) on grill.
- To sear sausage on stovetop: Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Add sausage and sear on all sides until golden brown, ~5 minutes total. Toast buns (if using) in batches in the hot pan or in a toaster oven.
- Divide sausage, peppers and onions across buns (or serve without buns if you prefer). Serve with mustard. Enjoy with potato salad on the side!
The potato salad is really light and delicious. I had never made potato salad before and this was extremely easy. Took the whole meal to a potluck and it was a huge hit!0 Helpful
Yummy, but it took SO LONG to reduce the beer. I think we had that pot simmering for about an hour (but we did make the mistake of adding a teeny bit extra to compensate for a little more vegetables). We also preferred the potato salad with a lot more mustard than the recipe called for. I’m not sure I’d go to the trouble of making this again.0 Helpful
Passed on the German Salad and made cheezy potatoes instead but the brats were great!0 Helpful
Potato salad was improved greatly by doubling the dressing and tripling the mustard. Also added chopped apples to the mix. First attempt following the recipe was much too bland. Made a huge batch of revised version for a family reunion potluck where it was a hit. Since it contains no mayonnaise it’s a good recipe to use in a potluck where items may sit for several hours on a warm day.0 Helpful
We liked these and enjoyed the potato salad side. A great meal for my sausage loving hubby.0 Helpful
Yum! Delicious brats and veggies!0 Helpful