Long title. I know. But according to SEO and Google search criteria. Apparently long titles is good! So I present Oktoberfest Pumpkin Beer Braised Bratwurst with Sauerkraut!
I did a thing. I cooked with BEER. Who am I?!
Before COVID-19 altered all of our lives, I had the opportunity earlier this year to go to Germany for a work trip! It was mid to late February. It was cold, there was apparently a German hurricane (who knew there could be an inland hurricane like this?!), and basically didn't get to see anything while on my first trip to Europe. 🙁
BUT! I did get to try real German bratwurst and sauerkraut and it did NOT disappoint!
You could taste the essence of beer, the onions, garlic, spices, and the sauerkraut was the freshest and best I have ever had!
Pass the brats bitte!
Let's get into my elevated fall inspired version of German bratwurst and sauerkraut.
First the butter is browned and because that golden butter (or ghee works too) adds another level of magic to the onions and apples.
Oh yes. There is an apple in here too. The caramelization of the onion, apple, and garlic create an apple orchards fantasy when we add the bratwurst and pumpkin beer.
And basically the dish becomes a one pan dish as the sauce simmers and becomes more delicious in 20 minutes.
Next, we grill the bratwurst to crisp it up and give it the finished glossy look.
The sauce continues to thicken and simmer with the help of some arrowroot flour.
Serve with sauerkraut, sauce with onions, and apples, plus some air fryer potatoes! SO GOOD.
This dish SCREAMS fall. Celebrate Oktoberfest with these Oktoberfest Pumpkin Beer Braised Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.
For other of my favorite fall recipes see below!Print