Sauerkraut & Sausage

Recently we visited Lori's homeland: Kansas. There are good people in Kansas, and one of my favorite things to do while visiting is to go with those good people to the hole-in-the wall restaurants dispersed throughout Newton, KS. I went to a new one an old work associate suggested, his family is from around Newton as well; small world.

This restaurant is named Breadbasket it's a kind of place that you walk into and know it will be good, because the place is packed and the owners don't need to invest in ambiance. They serve all you can eat meals of Americano, and twice a week Mennonite-German Cuisine. My wife's family rushed me there for verenika, a pastry pocket filled with cheese curds smothered with white ham gravy, it was so good. However, the thing I was left craving is not the verenika, but the sauerkraut & sausage; I just had to make my own.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of butter or ghee

  • 8-12 fresh bratwurst

  • 2 lb. of sauerkraut (rinsed)

  • 1 large onion (sliced)

  • 1 tsp of fennel seeds

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 2 cups apple cider

Instructions

Melt the butter in a dutch oven and braise the bratwurst on both sides, and remove the sausages. Add the onion, and garlic cook on low until onion is soft. Then add the sauerkraut, fennel, salt, pepper, and apple cider stirring to incorporate. Then pour in the apple cider, and place the sausages on top of the sauerkraut mixture. Reduce stove to lowest setting, and cook for 45-50 minutes.

Be sure to scrape the bottom of the dutch oven when braising is finished, these brown bits are flavor bombs.