SLOW-COOKER BRATWURST WITH SAUERKRAUT AND APPLE – October 20 – National Apple Month, National Sausage Month, and German – American Heritage Month

Serves 4


  • 4 bratwurst links
  • 1 large Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 16 oz. package sauerkraut, drained
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • Mustard


Place the bratwurst links in the slow-cooker.  Top with apples, onion, and sauerkraut.  In a bowl add the brown sugar, caraway and fennel seeds, mix.  Add the brown sugar mixture to the top of the slow cooker.  Cook for 3-4 hours, until the bratwurst reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.  Remove the bratwurst from the slow cooker.  Place each bratwurst in a bun. Top with mustard then spoon the remaining mixture from the crock-pot onto the buns, to taste.

Tomorrow: October is National Cheese Month, National Pasta Month, and National Vegetarian Month.  Tomorrow’s recipe will include cheese, pasta, and will be vegetarian.


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