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Cider-Braised Bratwurst with Apples


These cider-braised brats are perfect for autumn dinners. The sweetness of the apples and onions, mixed with savory thyme, is delicious.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 uncooked bratwursts (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 Domex SuperFresh Fuji or Jonagold apples, cored and cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh apple cider


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bratwurst and brown well on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer bratwurst to a plate and set aside.

Add onion to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until it begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add apple slices, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to mix.

Return bratwurst to the skillet, nestling the sausages down into the apple/onion mixture. Pour cider over sausages, loosely cover the skillet with its lid or a piece of foil (so steam can escape) and reduce heat to medium-low. Braise until sausages are cooked through and apples are nearly tender, about 20 minutes.

Transfer sausages to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Reduce the cooking liquids over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, arrange bratwurst on individual plates, spoon the apple mixture alongside and drizzle with the cooking liquids.

Makes 4 servings.


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