Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw

It finally feels like fall and keep your fingers crossed, we'll begin harvesting our corn and soybeans tomorrow.  One of my quick dishes I can make for the masses after we come home for the night from the field are my harvest brats with apple slaw.  It warms up the body and is a classic comfort food that gives you a taste of fall.

Pork and apples work so well together, and between being a pig farmer and having a freezer full of pork, and having an apple tree that produces delicious apples, I seem to always have the ingredients too. ;) The apple slaw is probably my favorite part of this dish.  The combination of mustard with the apples and onion creates this savory, yet slightly sweet topping that pairs perfectly with the seasonings of the brat!

#AppleWeek - Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw

Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw

Vegetable oil
4 pork brats
2 cups water
2 large apples of your choice
1 onion
Salt and pepper
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup brown mustard
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 brat buns

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with some vegetable oil covering the bottom of the pan.  Place brats in the pan and brown both sides of the brats.  This will take 4 minutes.

Once the brats are browned, add water to the pan to cover the brats half way up.  Continue to cook the brats for 8 minutes.

While the brats are cooking, slice the apples and onion.  I like to use an apple corer/slicer to cut my apples and then I cut each slice in half.  I also prefer to leave the skin on the apples.

Once the brats are finished cooking, remove from pan and set aside.  Remove any excess water from the pan and add the apples and onions to the pan.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, around 4 to 5 minutes.

Whisk apple cider, brown sugar and mustard together.  Add mixture to the apples and onion and bring to a bubble.  Add brats and simmer on low for a few minutes.

Serve each brat on a bun with the apple slaw mixture on top.  Enjoy!

I have step by step photos of this recipe and some fun facts about pork and apples in some past posts you should check out too.

I thought this recipe was a perfect fit to share during #AppleWeek.  Throughout this week a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing some of our favorite apple recipes.  You'll have to check out all of the great appetizers and drinks shared yesterday, as well as check out the other main dishes and sides being shared today.  Tomorrow will probably be a favorite day for many - Sweet Treats!  What day are you looking forward to during Apple Week?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

Monday: Appetizers and Drinks

Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline's Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides

Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm

Wednesday: Sweet Treats

Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket's Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Nana's Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table

Thursday: Apple Projects

Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Friday: Anything Apple Goes

1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline's Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake


  1. Hmmm I just pulled a package of fresh kielbasa out of the freezer. I think this slaw would be good on that too. Thanks.

    1. Yes it would! And it's so easy to make. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. What a perfect harvest dinner! I love that you happen to produce the two main ingredients. I can't wait to give it a try.

    1. Well, I would consider myself an apple producer... I'm just the benefactor of my husband's grandfather planting an apple tree decades ago... ;)

  3. That looks AMAZING! I think I need to save this one off and make it really soon. Thanks for another great recipe!

  4. Always looking for new brat recipes, thank you!

  5. I always think of brats for summer. Love this fall recipe for them!

  6. I love the idea of the pork brats and making a apple slaw with the apple cider! Mind blown! #celebrate365 blog party thanks you!