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Hard-Cider Braised Bratwursts with Apples & Onions

While this is not a traditional beer-braised bratwurst recipe, the hard apple cider adds a fun twist to this dish. The cider lends a rich, tangy, and slightly sweet flavor that blends perfectly with the onions and apples. I have found that the kids are very drawn to the savory and sweet combination of the flavors in this recipe and happily devour it every time.

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Hard-Cider Braised Bratwursts with Apples & Onions

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 625kcal
Author: Kim Maes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided use
  • 6 gluten-free bratwursts read labels carefully
  • 2 large onions cut into thick slices
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
  • 12 ounces hard apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free German mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh tarragon finely chopped


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Once melted, add the bratwursts and cook about 5 minutes on each side. Once the bratwursts are in the pan, do not move them around until it is time to flip them over. The goal is to get a deep brown crust on two sides before adding the braising liquid. They will not sear properly if they are moved too often during the browning stage. Once you have a nice golden crust on 2 sides of the bratwursts, remove them from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and, once melted, add the onions and apples. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes until slightly caramelized.
  • Add the hard cider, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper, stirring to combine. Return the bratwursts to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook on low for about 15 minutes, or until the brown sugar starts to form a syrupy glaze and the braising liquid has been reduced by half.
  • Garnish with the fresh sage and tarragon.


Nutrition Facts
Hard-Cider Braised Bratwursts with Apples & Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 625 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1377mg57%
Potassium 691mg20%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 9.8mg12%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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