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Creamy Bratwurst Stew

A rich sauce coats this hearty combination of potatoes, carrots and bratwurst chunks. I adapted a baked stew recipe that appeared in a newspaper. This is so comforting on cold winter evenings. —Susan Holmes, Germantown, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1-3/4 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 pounds uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Place first 5 ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker; toss to combine. Top with bratwurst. Mix broth and seasonings; pour over top.
  • Cook, covered, on low 6-7 hours, until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Remove sausages from slow cooker; cut into 1-in. slices. Return sausages to potato mixture; stir in cream.
  • Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Cook, covered, on high until thickened, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 544 calories, 39g fat (15g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 1367mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • resalee
    Feb 11, 2021

    This was a nice change from a stew with beef. My family enjoys bratwurst and this is a great way to have it other than on a bun. I scrubbed my potatoes and didn't peel them and I used store bought shredded carrots to cut down even more on the quick prep. Six hours was definitely long enough in the crock pot. Next time I might cut the sausages in the beginning. I'm not sure that it's necessary to wait until they are cooked before slicing them up.

  • Patti
    Jul 22, 2020

    I was given a bunch of bratwurst (not my favorite) and needed to figure out what to do, so in the heat of summer I decided to make this. It's delicious! It'll go in our winter soup rotation. I did add garlic and a touch of nutmeg. But other than that, I stuck to the recipe. Really really tasty.

  • Alan
    Feb 11, 2020

    Excellent, very tasty and flavorful. I will make this again!

  • Linda
    Jan 9, 2020

    This is tonight's dinner....what a FANTASTIC taste...made 1/2 recipe in my small (4qt) crock....definintely my kind of meal...YUM. Edit or delete this

  • JGa2595176
    Nov 22, 2019

    YUM! I came across this recipe skimming for stew options on the TOH site. This looked just different enough to be interesting. Loved the creamy texture and all the veggies. Great flavor. Enjoyed watching the brats cook whole too! Will make again for sure.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Nov 14, 2019

    Really good and so satisfying and comforting on a chilly fall night. I used Italian sausage links instead of bratwurst and doubled the water/cornstarch slurry mixture and the results were delicious.

  • amehart
    Apr 12, 2019

    This was excellent! I had chapped everything the night before so the next morning everything went together very quickly. I did double the cornstarch/water, and it came out perfectly thickened. The entire family loved it so I know I will be making it again and again.

  • rose62763
    Jan 8, 2019

    My husband loved this and since we are doing the keto diet I used frozen cauliflower instead of potatoes. However, I would suggest cutting the cooking time by 2 hours or waiting to put the cauliflower in until later.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Aug 30, 2017

    So hearty and delicious! I will make this again. Quick meal to make too!

  • sstetzel
    Jan 31, 2017

    Yes schaef79, there are 2 cups of half & half added at the end of the recipe to make the creamy broth for the stew.