Ale-Braised Bratwurst with German Potato Salad

May 28, 2012 8:04:08 AM PDT
Bratwurst can be made from chicken, pork, turkey, veal or even buffalo, but pork and veal are the traditional choice. Typically spiced with warm flavors such as nutmeg and ginger, this German sausage pairs well with classic German-style potato salad.

Serves 4 to 6

2 (12-ounce) bottles of pale ale
4 links bratwurst, about 1 1/4 pounds
1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
4 slices thick-cut bacon, about 1/3 pound
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped chives

In a large saucepan, bring ale to a simmer and add bratwurst. Simmer until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place sliced potatoes in cold salted water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender, yet not so soft they fall apart, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a sauté pan, fry bacon until crisp. Crumble and set aside. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Over medium heat, whisk flour into the bacon fat and cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in sugar and mustard, followed by water and vinegar. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in potatoes and bacon and toss gently to coat. To serve, slice bratwurst and divide among plates. Serve with potato salad.

Per serving: 500 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 31g protein, 46g total carbohydrate, 90mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium