Wednesday, February 13, 2008

30 Minutes to Germany

Both my mother’s and father’s families are German. I love German culture and especially German cuisine. It’s a shame there isn’t more German food served in restaurants the way italian, mexican, and other ethnic foods are! I rarely cook German food, but I’m trying to divulge into the traditional and delicious cuisine of my ancestors. I’m taking it little by little, and this is an easy, familiar German meal. A traditional German side is Applesauce, so I am just using a no sugar added applesauce on the side from the grocery store.
Brats with Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad and Applesauce
Beer Brats and Sauerkraut:
2 light wheat hotdog buns
2 turkey bratwurst
1 beer (Leinenkugels) or 2 cups water
1 15 oz. can sauerkraut
4 tbsp. Gulden’s spicy brown mustard
Heat a large skillet over medium. Add beer or water and bring to temperature. Add brats to the beer and simmer for 20 minutes, until warmed through. In small sauce pot over low, bring sauerkraut to temperature. Serve brats on a bun, top with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard.
German Potato Salad:
2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 slices of center cut bacon
½ yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup potato water (more or less)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Put diced potatoes in a pot of cold water, bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10-12 minutes until tender. Drain, but save ¼ cup of the water. While potatoes are boiling, add bacon to a pan over medium heat. Sautee for about 8 minutes, until bacon is crisp. Drain grease, lay bacon on a paper towel to drain, add onions to pan. Sautee over medium-low for 5 minutes, until softened. Add bacon, potatoes, vinegar and seasonings. Add water until potato salad reaches desired consistency. Taste for seasonings, and adjust. Serve warm.

1 comment:

Gillian said...

hee hee Leinenkugels :) My DH's family is from Wisconsin and I fell in love with Leinie's when we visited a couple years ago... oh how I wish they shipped it to California!