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Braised Bratwurst in Riesling with Apples, Onions and Fresh Parsley

September 26, 2010

Confession: I have never been to Germany or eaten German food. I know, I know. It is a shame, considering I come from a family whose ancestors are full-blown German. I even took German in high school.  My first apartment nickname in college was Deutschland. Does that count? Well luckily, thanks to advancing to the second round of Project Food Blog (thank you for your support and votes!), I have now stepped completely out of my comfort zone and have gone back to my roots. My German roots that is.

Before researching for this post, all I knew about German cuisine was bratwurst and sauerkraut. I knew they like to drink beer, which of course I can’t do unless it is gluten-free. But, while researching, I learned they love to drink Riesling. SCORE! I happen to be a lover of all types of wine. I enjoy cooking with it, drinking it, and I love to critique it. Starting with Riesling, I began scouring the depths of my brain for different types of flavor combinations Riesling would work well with. Since the most widely used animal protein in Germany is pork, I decided to cook some sort of Bratwurst dish. Bratwurst is THE classic German dish.

I served my bratwurst dish with a raw cabbage slaw and mashed turnips with a smoky beet puree.

Now where do I begin? I immediately went to my neighborhood book store to search the different German cookbooks. One in particular really stood out. It is called The German Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Mastering Authentic German Cooking, by Mimi Sheraton. Authentic German Cooking were the magic words I was looking for. I wanted to get in touch with my roots by whipping up a classic German dish that even my Great-Great-Grandmother would be proud of. I bought the book and read it cover to cover in one day. All the while, mentally picking out certain spices and herbs that would pair well with the Riesling and Bratwurst ingredients I had already decided on. I don’t know about you, but I normally like to pick out 1 or 2 ingredients and build a dish off those using my experience in pairing flavor profiles. I never use cookbooks or magazines for recipes. I just create. I have a notebook that I carry around everywhere; where I write down different flavor combinations and recipe ideas I think of. I am never without it. This is another reason I am out of my comfort zone.  I had to start my inspiration with a cookbook. I am cooking a dish from a cuisine I was completely unfamiliar with. That is, until I found this great cookbook and it provided me with the ideas and foundation to create a completely authentic German dish, all on my own. My ancestors would be proud. Behold a bit of sweet and sour German goodness…

Braised Bratwurst in Riesling with Apples, Onions and Fresh Parsley

Inspired from the flavors of The German Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Mastering Authentic German Cooking, by Mimi Sheraton

Serves: 2-3


1 lb. (about 3 bratwurst links) pork German bratwurst

2 sticks unsalted butter, divided

1 large onion, sliced

¼ teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons dried marjoram

½ cup distilled white vinegar, divided

2 cups Riesling wine

1 bay leaf

¼ cup packed Italian flat-leaf parsley

3 teaspoons raw honey

1 apple, sliced thin

1 heaping tablespoon sour cream

Pinch nutmeg


Brown bratwurst in Dutch oven in 1 stick butter, move aside in pot. Sauté onion in same pot with the next stick of butter, vinegar, white pepper, salt and marjoram. Add in sliced apples, Riesling, next 1/4 cup vinegar, bay leaf, honey, parsley, sour cream and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 1 hour minimum or until sausage is cooked through and liquids are reduced (about 1 1/2 hours). Top with fresh parsley.

Served with mashed turnips and a raw cabbage slaw.

Edit 9/27/10: This is my second post for Project Food Blog. Voting is now open and will continue through September 30th.  Please consider voting for me: ATX Gluten-Free.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2010 5:15 pm

    Beautiful post!!! Everything looks so delicious, it reminds me I need to visit Germany while I am here in Europe! We actually have found some freaking fantastic German gluten free beer – it’s made from barley like normal beer but the gluten was removed after the brewing process. Not really sure how that works, but the label said gluten free and my husband didn’t react, he was so excited! So hopefully when we do visit Germany we can enjoy some brats alongside a tasty GF beer 🙂

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:39 pm

      Thank you Jenn! I bet this would go great with a nice gluten-free beer!

  2. Marylee permalink
    September 26, 2010 6:13 pm

    Great way to prepare bratwurst – could it include hot German potato salad? We always grill our brats. I love this recipe! Thanks.

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:35 pm

      Of course it could include a german potato salad! 🙂 I love potato salad with bratwurst!

  3. September 26, 2010 6:21 pm

    I love that us gluten free bloggers are using our German heritage for this entry. This meal looks fantastic!

  4. September 26, 2010 8:30 pm

    Delicious looking dish! And all the colors here are brilliant. Good luck!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:34 pm

      🙂 Thanks Russell!

  5. September 27, 2010 12:13 am

    beautiful! i keep on saying to myself that for this challenge, we don’t need to go over the top or completely out of this world to keep up. your entry is simply fantastic and you never had to go somewhere far to bring out something this good. congrats on making it to round 2!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:34 pm

      Thank you January!

  6. Tastes Better With Friends permalink
    September 27, 2010 4:45 am

    As I drove across the U.S., I overloaded on bratwurst while I stopped in Milwaukee and now i’m hungry again for a brat and sauerkraut!
    You did your great-great grandmother proud:)

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  7. September 27, 2010 3:04 pm

    This looks super delicious! Congrats on such a great post!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:33 pm

      Thanks Noelle!

  8. September 27, 2010 3:26 pm

    Just discovered your blog through the Project Food Blog competition. I love this entry and I voted for you. I am recently GF and look forward to finding some time to reading more of your posts! Good luck in #PFB2010!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:33 pm

      Thanks Alicia! I hope your transition to gluten-free goes smoothly 🙂

  9. September 27, 2010 3:41 pm

    Awesome presentation! You have my vote!

  10. hbambam permalink
    September 27, 2010 8:28 pm

    This looks soo beautiful and yummy!

  11. September 28, 2010 5:58 pm

    I have bratwursts in my fridge right now. I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow night!

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:32 pm

      How did it turn out? 🙂

  12. September 29, 2010 11:26 pm

    I would rarely describe bratwurst, slaw, and potato salad as “aesthetically pleasing,” but I guess there’s a first time for everything because your photos are gorgeous. Voting for you, good luck this week!

    Lick My Spoon

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:31 pm

      Thank you guys for the compliments 🙂

  13. September 30, 2010 3:27 pm

    As a fellow ATX girl, who also bizarrely made German food (well, sort of, if brat pizza counts) for this round of competition…I feel like the ties that bind force me to vote for you. 🙂

    • ATXglutenfree permalink*
      October 6, 2010 4:40 pm

      Thanks Sarah!


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