Oktoberfest Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Patties (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free)
Can't make it to Germany for Oktoberfest? Bring a bite of it home with these delicious beer garden favorites! Bratwurst-Sauerkraut patties are similar to a croquette made from a mixture of sauerkraut, cream cheese (I used dairy-free cream cheese) and brat meat that is then breaded and fried or baked.
Even if you don't like kraut, give these a try! You'll love the tanginess of the kraut and creaminess of cream cheese inside a crispy, salty pretzel coating. Don't forget to have some spicy German mustard on hand for dipping and a cold stein of cider for chasing. Prost!!
Traditionally, these are served as balls with a bread crumb coating, but it's not Oktoberfest unless you have pretzels! 🥨 @savorstreet makes amazing gf/sf/grain-free pretzels that resulted in a wonderfully crunchy, salty crust.
Oktoberfest Sauerkraut-Bratwurst Patties (gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free)
1/2 pound bratwurst sausages, removed from casings
1/4 finely chopped onion
2 cups sauerkraut, well drained
2 T crushed pretzels
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used dairy-free cream cheese)
1 T dried parsley flakes
1 T sweet-hot mustard
salt to taste
About 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
About 1/2 cup gluten-free flour (I used arrowroot flour)
salt to taste
2 T water
Cooking oil for pan-frying. I used avocado oil. (Omit if baking the patties or using an air fryer)
In a skillet, cook the bratwurst meat and onion, breaking the sausage into small pieces, until sausage is fully cooked. Drain.
Drain sauerkraut, pressing out as much liquid as possible. In a mixing bowl, combine sauerkraut, sausage mixture, the 2 tablespoons crushed pretzels, the cream cheese, parsley, and mustard. Salt to taste. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 3 hours.
Combine the 1/2 cup crushed pretzels and 1/2 cup flour in a shallow container. Salt to taste.
In another shallow container, beat eggs and water until combined.
Using about 2 tablespoons for each, shape sauerkraut mixture into patties (or balls). Dip the patties in the egg mixture to coat entirely. Then, roll the patties in the pretzel-flour mixture to coat all sides.
**Make Ahead Tip** At this point, you can cover and chill the patties for 24 hours before proceeding with the final steps.
Add enough oil to a skillet to reach about halfway up the patties. Heat the oil to roughly 365 F.
Fry a few patties at a time in the oil (do not crowd the pan) until brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.
Remove patties from oil with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
If needed, keep the patties warm in a 275 F oven. Makes about 24 patties.
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