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German Bratwurst

The bacon for this recipe can be used in the Sauerkraut Mashed Potatoes recipe included in this German meal. And what a tasty use for bacon drippings! The tangy mustard and brown sugar make this quick-and-easy German Bratwurst recipe from the Test Kitchen something special.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, diced
  • 5 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or additional chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels (save for another use). Drain, reserving 4 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, cook bratwurst for 10-15 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Drain skillet.
  • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; set aside. Add the mustard, brown sugar, wine, vinegar and celery seed to skillet; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is hot and bubbly.
  • Gradually add cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return bratwurst to the pan; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes longer or until glazed.
Nutrition Facts
1 bratwurst: 425 calories, 37g fat (13g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1046mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Yvonneash
    Sep 5, 2015

    Loved the glaze on the brats. Perfect for my German dinner. Will use it again!

  • katlaydee3
    Jan 11, 2015

    Excellent! I loved these sausages!

  • germanycook
    Dec 10, 2012

    Didn't use bacon fat, used margarine. So yummy! A really yummy change from plain bratwurst!

  • brbrcooney
    Sep 18, 2012

    where do you get the german sausage,I lived in Colordo and you can buy them almst every store,but in Oklahoma I can't find them.

  • lurky27
    Nov 14, 2010

    We used lean turkey bratwurst and skipped the bacon, trying to make it healthier. Oh so good!~ Theresa

  • mary
    Oct 8, 2006

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