Bratwurst and sauerkraut is a perfect marriage for most brat fans — although in Sheboygan you better not pile the sauerkraut on top of your brat as a topping!
The strong, sour taste of sauerkraut pairs up nicely with the juicy goodness of bratwurst.
Add in some popular side dishes like German potato salad or Spaetzle and you’ll have a simple, hearty meal that’s always a crowd pleaser.
You can serve up sauerkraut in several different ways, from opening a can of store-bought sauerkraut to whipping up your own homemade sauerkraut.
There are many different recipes for bratwurst and sauerkraut and we’ve listed just a few of our favorites below.
What is Sauerkraut?
Many brat fans prefer an authentic German sauerkraut from makers such as Gundelsheim.
Sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” in German and that’s exactly what it is — finely chopped or shredded cabbage that has fermented.
Aside from tasting great with your brats, sauerkraut is actually very healthy for you, along with other fermented foods such as kimchi.
Sauerkraut is high in fiber and the fermentation process promotes good bacteria and probiotics that aid digestive health.
Raw sauerkraut is best if you’re primarily eating it for digestive health and you can find several different guides online to making your own raw sauerkraut:
- How to Make Raw Sauerkraut — the Detoxinista
- Raw Vegan Sauerkraut Recipe – About.com
- How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar – the Kitchn
Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
Inglehoffer stone ground mustard is the mustard of choice for many bratwurst purists.
If you’re looking for the perfect sauerkraut to go along with your brats, you’ll have plenty of solid options.
Bratwurst and sauerkraut recipes also often call for the two to be prepped and cooked together, so even ordinary store-bought brands of sauerkraut will taste delicious when served up with brats.
Be sure that you use a brown, coarsely-ground mustard with any brats that you serve and include it in any bratwurst and sauerkraut recipe that calls for mustard.
Bratwurst and Sauerkraut Recipes
Below are a few of our favorite brat and sauerkraut recipes to get you started. Enjoy!