I love serving grilled sausages as an easy appetizer. They are great filler food, and I tend to keep a few different types of sausages in my freezer at all times, in case people pop by and I need to serve something quickly. This German-inspired Beer-Braised Bratwurst with Red Onions is a perfect pickup appetizer that can be served along with warm, fresh pretzels and spicy mustard. This bratwurst dish can also be served as a main course along with sauerkraut and German-style potatoes.
12 ounces German-style beer
2 pounds Bratwurst or German-style sausage
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sliced red onions
- In a heavy skillet or Dutch oven, bring the beer to a simmer. Add in the bratwurst and continue simmering for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn them occasionally to ensure they cook evenly.
- Remove the bratwursts and place onto a cutting board. Once cooled, slice and set aside the bratwurst. Reserve the cooking liquid in a heat-safe bowl or measuring glass.
- Place the skillet back on the stove with one tablespoon of butter and the sliced red onions. Sauté the onions 3 to 4 minutes or until very soft. Add in the sliced bratwurst and continue sautéing for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are beginning to caramelize and the bratwurst are browning on the outside.
- Pour the reserved cooking liquid and remaining tablespoon of butter into the brats and onions to deglaze the pan and coat everything. Pour the bratwursts and onions into a dish. Serve with pretzels, spicy mustard and, of course, lots of German beer to wash it down with.
This article was originally published in the October 2022 issue of 225 magazine.