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Tonight's Dinner: Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Taste oktoberfest at home

So maybe the official date for Oktoberfest is long gone. That doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the hearty, rustic flavors of German cuisine. Arriving just in time for the comfort-food season is this easy dinnertime meal of traditional Bratwurst and Sauerkraut.

Oktoberfest dinner

Most people like bratwurst, it's like a giant gourmet hot dog. Sauerkraut, on the other end seems to have created two polar opposite crowds:  the sauerkraut lovers and the sauerkraut haters. If you're family falls on the side of the sauerkraut haters, try sauteeing a head of shredded cabbage and a slice onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, rather than offering sauerkraut as a side dish. Cabbage is high in nutrients, and tastes delicious with these grilled brats. No matter which side of the fence you stand on, you'll love this meal with a large glass of sparkling apple cider.

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

2-6 high-quality bratwurst

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sauerkraut

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and pan fry the brats over medium heat. To ensure even cooking, cover the brats with a lid for several minutes, once the exterior part has browned. Once cooked, transfer brats to a serving platter. Add sauerkraut to hot saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until warmed through. Serve with brats while piping hot.

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