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Browned Beyond Meat bratwurst in skillet with sauerkraut and mustard mashed potatoes.
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5 from 4 votes

Beer braised vegan bratwurst with sauerkraut

If comfort food to you looks like bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer over a pile of mashed potatoes, have I got a recipe for you. This savory dish is hearty and filling in all of the best ways.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: German, Vegan
Keyword: comfort food, fall food, oktoberfest recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Cadry Nelson

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons organic canola oil Just enough to very lightly cover skillet
  • 4 vegan bratwurst cut in 1 inch slices
  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1 ⅓ cups beer
  • 2 cups sauerkraut
  • 1 sliced green onion optional garnish

Instructions

  • Put a very light layer of oil in a non-stick skillet. (You don't need much at all if you're using Beyond Meat bratwurst, because they release a lot of oil on their own as they cook.) Bring to a medium heat, and add sliced vegan bratwurst to the skillet.
    Brown on one side. Then flip them and brown on the other side.
  • Add chopped yellow onions to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes, until they are translucent and fragrant.
  • Add beer to the skillet. Allow the beer to simmer, cook down in the skillet, and be absorbed into the bratwurst and onions. It will take about 15 minutes until most of the beer is gone. If the beer isn't cooking off quickly enough, turn up the heat.
  • Add the sauerkraut. (Don't worry if it includes some of the juices from the jar. That will add moisture and sop up anything on the pan.)
    Fully incorporate the sauerkraut with the sausages and onions. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes more, while the sauerkraut warms.
  • Serve the bratwurst and sauerkraut with mustard mashed potatoes, vegan pierogi, or on a pretzel bun. If you like, garnish with sliced green onion.

Notes

I use Beyond Meat bratwurst, but feel free to use the vegan bratwurst of your choice. Keep in mind that while Beyond Meat bratwurst are gluten-free, vegan bratwurst made of seitan are not.
Beyond Meat bratwurst releases a lot of oil as it cooks. If it looks like more oil than you'd prefer, carefully pour out some of the oil or dab off the skillet with a paper napkin before adding the chopped onions.
You can use light or dark beer for this recipe. I prefer a lighter beer, because it doesn't dominate as much. The sauerkraut and bratwurst are able to come to the forefront in flavor. Dark beer gives more of a caramel flavor to the onions and a stronger taste of ale overall. 
Not all beer is vegan. Check out Barnivore to find the status of your preferred brand.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.9mg