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Cooking bratwurst in the oven is actually simple
First, make sure your oven rack is in the center position, then preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Some recipes suggest placing your empty pan in the oven as you preheat, to help your brats get a nice sear.
Next, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also use tin foil or a smaller pan if you prefer.
Using a baking sheet, casserole dish, or any other pan all works the same, just make sure it has a rim so the brats don’t roll off the sides.
Place your bratwurst on the baking sheet of your choice, giving each one plenty of space.
If you want to add in veggies, place them on the baking sheet before the brats. Drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, and mix them around a bit.
How Long to Cook Brats in the Oven
Let your brats cook for 10 minutes on one side. Then you’ll want to use tongs to flip the brats over. This side should cook for about 5 –7 minutes.
Use a meat thermometer to check that they have cooked through. They should have an internal temperature of about 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bigger brats will need more time to cook, so always check the temperature and rely on that to decide when your bratwursts are done, rather than cooking time.
After they are done, let them rest for about 5 minutes so that the juices redistribute throughout the whole brat. This will result in super yummy, tender brats.
How to Make Oven Braised Beer Brats
Beer brats are especially delicious and add just two steps to the process.
You can always buy brats already marinated in a variety of beers and flavors. If you want to try it for yourself, here’s the process: In a smaller, shallow pan, add one can or bottle of beer and your bratwursts, and let them marinate at least 30 minutes.
After they have marinated, remove them from the beer pan, transfer to your baking sheet, and cook as directed above. So easy!
What to Serve with Bratwurst
You can eat your brats on a bun, like a hot dog, or you can do the traditional German meal and eat them without a bun, as the main entree. But you’ll need some sides to go with them!
Fried cabbage or sauerkraut is a delicious and traditional side for bratwurst. So are potato pancakes and beer!
You can stick to a barbecue theme and go with potato salad, roasted or grilled veggies, or freshly grilled corn on the cob.
You can also put a German twist on your potato salad and make Kartoffelsalat. This is German potato salad made with unpeeled red potatoes and a tangy vinaigrette.
Another classic is baked beans. I think these go great with bratwursts. The sweet and savory flavor combo goes so nicely with the smoky, meaty brats.
If you want a bigger contrast in flavors, go for a creamy potato salad.
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