Tonight's Dinner: Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET

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.