Oktoberfest in Germany begins Saturday, September 22, 2012, and ends Sunday, October 7, 2012...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

German Skillet Dinner

    By Kerrie

Hi!   Would you like a one pot meal with a distinctive taste of Autumn?   Well just in time for Oktoberfest, let me tell you about this skillet dish made with smoked Bratwurst, sauerkraut, apples and bacon – oh, and just to add to the yummm, serve it with mashed potatoes.

You will need…

1 package bacon – trimmed and sliced into small pieces
4 to 6 smoked fully cooked bratwurst sausages
1 jar of sauerkraut  (16 ounces)
2 cooking apples - sliced into 8'ths
Scant 1/4 red onion (sectioned)
1 cup dark German beer  (Stout)
1/8  teaspoon celery seed
1/8  teaspoon caraway seeds
1/8  teaspoon thyme
Sprinkling of fresh cracked pepper to taste 
Mashed Potatoes as side dish

First, trim the bacon of excess fat and cut into small pieces – about 1 ½ “ X 1 ½”.   Place the pieces in a heavy skillet.

Cook the bacon over Medium-High heat until just browned.   Drain on a paper towel, and set aside.

Now, drain the skillet of the bacon grease, but do not wipe it clean.   Then, pour the stout beer in pan to deglaze.

To the beer, add the sauerkraut and stir.   Cook on med-high until reduced by half.   

Then, add the smoked brats.

Then, add the apples which have been sliced in 8’ths, along with the pieces of onion.  Sprinkle the thyme, celery and caraway seeds over the top.

Now, sprinkle the top with bacon.

Okay, now cover the skillet and place into a 350 degrees F. oven.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the juices are bubbling and the apples are tender.

Serve hot with mashed potatoes.  Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper.

 Enjoy !!!


  1. what size pan is it that you use? I have a 10-inch cast iron.

  2. Hi Melanie, The skillet I am using is also a 10-inch. Hope you like the recipe. Let me know how it works out for you. Happy Cooking ☺ Kerrie