As the colder days set in, I love to start making dinners in the slow cooker. There’s something so cozy about a warm pot of food simmering away in the kitchen all day. It makes your whole home smell good with the wafting scent of a hearty meal. And aside from all the coziness and deliciousness of using the slow cooker, it is incredibly convenient and easy to use. Slow cooker meals such as this bratwurst and sauerkraut couldn’t be easier. Just toss everything into the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready to go by dinner!
One thing I really love about this recipe is that there just isn’t much to measure. You just need about 8 medium sized red potatoes. Chop them into large chunks, similar to the picture above. Make sure not to cut them too small so that they will retain their shape while cooking. Add the potatoes to the bottom of the slow cooker and then chop the onion. I like to cut the onion into slivers, again, not cutting too small. The hallmark of a hearty meal is having large, chunky vegetables. Toss the onions into the slow cooker followed by the 2 cups of sauerkraut. Then, nestle the bratwurst into the veggies and pour the chicken broth over the top. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Enjoy the yummy aromas of your bratwurst and sauerkraut all day as it slowly simmers it’s way to perfection. By dinner time, you will be so ready to dig in! To really complete the meal, serve with pumpernickel bread and stone ground mustard on the side. This also pairs well with a dark hearty ale for a meal that will make you feel as if you’re holed up in an old German tavern, on a cold winter day! Bratwurst is such a wonderful cold-weather dish, try it also in my Autumn Harvest Bratwurst recipe!