Platter of potatoes, sauerkraut and sausages.
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Bavarian supper

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Bavarian sausages, potatoes and apple make this one-pot slow-cooker Bavarian supper delicious.

Platter of potatoes, sauerkraut and sausages.
Slow cooker Bavarian supper

This is a one-pot, family-style slow-cooker meal. It doesn’t take long to cook because the sausages are already pre-cooked when you buy them. The key to great flavor and texture is not to add additional water. There is enough water in the sauerkraut, potatoes and apple for the dish. I suggest leaving the skins on the potatoes. It adds nice color and texture.

Bratwurst, potatoes, apple, crispy bacon, mustard and sauerkraut.
Ingredients for slow cooker Bavarian supper

Use a smoked bratwurst for this recipe, like Seattle’s Bavarian Meats Smoked Bratwurst. Alternatively, you could use another cooked Bavarian-style sausage or Polish sausage if you prefer.

A platter of slow cooker Bavarian supper.
Bratwurst are delicious in this Bavarian supper

Bavarian Meats specializes in German-style sausage products and is located in Pike’s Place Market. You can also find them in most major Northwest grocery stores in the deli section. It’s great to vary up the kinds of sausages you use. If you choose to do this, think about the base spices in each sausage to make sure they will compliment each other. The Smoked Bratwurst has hints of garlic and pairs nicely with Knackwurst.

I prefer Boar’s Head sauerkraut. It’s gluten-free and I think the flavor is better than most canned brands.

Bavarian supper

Bavarian sausages, potatoes and apple make this one-pot slow-cooker Bavarian supper delicious.

  • 3 strips bacon (cut into pieces and fried crispy)
  • 2 tbsp flour (for gluten free, substitute 1 tbsp gluten free flour and 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed together)
  • 1 16 oz bag Boar’s Head sauerkraut (or 1 15 oz can sauerkraut)
  • 2 small to medium sized red potatoes (skin on, cubed)
  • 1 small to medium sized apple (Braeburn or Macintosh)
  • 1 tbsp stone ground Dijon mustard
  • 4 – 6 Bavarian sausages (cooked, or Polish sausage)
  1. Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. Drain most of the drippings, except 2 tablespoons.
  2. On low heat add the flour to bacon drippings. Blend well, then add the sauerkraut and cooked bacon back together.
  3. Blend well, then add the sauerkraut and cooked bacon back together. Stir then transfer to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 5 – 6 hours, or high 3 – 4 hours.
Boar’s head sauerkraut and Bavarian Meats Smoked Bratwurst sausages are generally in the deli section of the grocery store. Use a cooked Bavarian-style sausage or Polish-style sausage. You can also mix up different types of sausages.

 

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