Beer, bratwurst and apples seem more like fall than spring, but since we don’t really have seasons here in Miami, I think it’s fair game any time of the year. This easy recipe only has 5 ingredients and minimal active time. Simply brown the onions and sausages quickly, add the apples and beer and pop everything in the oven for 40 minutes.
My beer of choice was a Rogue Mocha Porter, which lent a warming, coffee-scented flavor to the dish. Perfect comfort food. I served the brats with a side of roasted brussel sprouts, but they’d be really good with roasted or mashed potatoes.
Beer Braised Bratwurst with Apples and Onions
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 large peeled, cored and thinly sliced apple, such as pink lady or fuji (use 2 small ones if you can’t find large ones)
4 fresh Bratwursts (I used Chicken Brats)
1 stout or porter beer (I used Rogue Mocha Porter)
Preheat the oven to 325°. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high. Once it’s hot, add the oil, then the onions. Cook the onions until they just start to brown, then add the bratwursts to the pan. Keep turning the brats until they’re brown on all sides, about 5 – 8 minutes. Remove the sausages from the pan and slice them into 1/2-inch rounds, them add them back to the skillet.
Add the apple slices to the pan and pour the beer over everything. Give it a good stir, then loosely tent the pan with some aluminum foil and place in the center of the oven for 30 – 40 minutes (depending on your oven). It’s ready when most of the beer has reduced to a dark sauce and the onions and apples are translucent. Serve with roasted brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes or on some nice crusty bread.