Well, as I said in my Homemade Soft Pretzels post, I had a splendid Oktoberfest party this past weekend, and of course, one of the most important parts of any good party is FOOD.
I wanted to share my Oktoberfest menu with you all, because (at least for me here in NY), it’s one of those last big outside parties we have for the year. All of the leaves are changing, the crisp air is rolling in, good music, bonfires, the beer’s flowing, there’s food a-plenty, and of course, fun with good friends.
These beer brats are as simple as it gets. Boil them in some beer (an spices), grill them (if you want), and voila! You can even make a big batch of them, and leave them in the beer mixture in a slow cooker for easy serving (and you can enjoy your guests instead of standing in the kitchen all night).
Oktoberfest Beer Brats
What You’ll Need:
+ 12 bratwurst (or however many you need)
+ 1 bottle of beer (preferably oktoberfest)
+ 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
+ 1 garlic clove
+ 1 teaspoon sage
+ a pinch salt and a dash pepper (about a teaspoon each)
+ toppings, such as caramelized onions, mustard, or my spicy beer cheese
Place the brats in a pot over medium heat. Add beer and spices. If the beer doesn’t cover them all the way, add water, beef broth, or simply more beer. Boil for about 10 minutes. Grill, for about 3-5 minutes, turning on all sides. Serve, or place in a slow cooker with beer mixture on warm until ready to serve.
You can also cook them in the slow cooker on high for 4-5 hours.
PROST, my friends!
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