Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Potato Casserole



> I am looking for recipes for food to eat during the Soperbowl. I am talking about hearty food
> men like.

Here's one I came up with that was a big hit. I usually double the recipe. It's best with
fresh bratwurst, not the precooked kind. Remember to pierce the brats prior to cooking so they
don't explode.

Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and Potato Casserole

6 slices bacon 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 lbs sauerkraut, rinsed
and well drained 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced 2 cups water 1 teaspoon caraway seed 1 large
or several small bay leaves 1 lb fresh bratwurst (about 5 or 6)

Fry bacon in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; remove, drain and crumble;
set aside. Drain off all but 3 Tbsp of drippings; add onion and garlic to drippings; cook over
medium heat until soft. Stir in sauerkraut, 2 cups water, potatoes, caraway seed and bay leaf. Cover
and cook over medium heat. In another skillet, brown bratwurst over medium heat, browning all sides.
When cooked, cut into 1 chunks and add to sauerkraut. (Optional: deglaze bratwurst pan with a little
water and add to sauerkraut) Cook until potatoes are tender. Add crumbled bacon, discard bay leaf
and serve with your favorite mustard.

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