Mixed Sausage on a Bed of Sautéed Cabbage and Caramelized Onions

I married into a German family and decided to explore the many flavors it has to offer. This was my first attempt at a traditional German dish and to my surprise it got the nod of approval the first time!

Ingredients

Sausage
1 lb. of Bratwurst sausage
1 lb. of Polish sausage
3 bottles of beer – Oktoberfest is the best type for this recipe
Onions
2 yellow onions thinly sliced
¼ cup of butter
2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Cabbage
¼ cup of butter
1 ½ lbs. of red cabbage – about 1 head chopped and core removed
3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Accompaniments
A German mustard such as Düsseldorf Style Mustard and/or Schaller & Weber Bavarian-Style Sweet & Spicey Mustard

Technique

Because all of the components of the recipe take 30 minutes to cook, make sure you have everything prepped and ready to cook. This means that you will need 3 pots or skillets and 3 burners going at the same time and alternating stirring the vegetables and sausage. That way everything will come together at the same time.

In a large pot add beer and sausage and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent, stirring frequently. Add sugar and sprinkle with a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and cook until onions are caramelized, stirring frequently. This will take about 30 minutes.

Heat butter over medium high heat in a large deep pot and add cabbage. Sauté until cabbage is getting slightly tender, about 5 – 10 minutes. Add apple cider vinegar, sugar and sprinkle with a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and let simmer for 20 minutes on low heat until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed. Total cooking time will be about 30 minutes.

Add onion mixture to cabbage mixture and place in a large platter and top with sliced sausage. Serve mustard on the side and enjoy a taste of Germany!

Suggested Beverage

Try a great German brew, such as, Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen Amber German Amber, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen with lemon wedges, Flensburger Brauerei Gold Premium Lager, Flensburger Brauerei Pilsener Lager or Flensburger Brauerei Weizen Wheat Beer with lemon wedges.

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