Bratwurst Bites Appetizers
Yum

Bratwurst Bites Appetizers

Easy Bratwurst Bites appetizers are just the thing to serve during a party or for game day. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them! SCORE!

A horizontal photo of a plate of bratwurst appetizers with cocktail picks and a bowl of sauerkraut dipping sauce.

My family (well, me really) goes crazy for all things German. This simple recipe for Bratwurst Bites combines flavorful cooked German bratwurst which is then wrapped in store-bought crescent rolls, and baked again until browned.

The easy creamy sauerkraut dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to these tasty little German sausage appetizer bites.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Rolls is available near the end of this post. OR click on the “jump to recipe” tab (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe.

Jump to Recipe

CLICK ON THIS BOX TO LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY KUDOS KITCHEN YOUTUBE CHANNEL. SEE YOU THERE! 🙂

A closeup vertical photo of a bratwurst appetizer bite dipped in a bowl of sauerkraut dipping sauce with a cocktail pick.

The ingredient list;

  • 1 package (5 each) bratwurst
  • 1 tube crescent rolls (I used the non-perforated sheets)
  • one egg
  • poppy seeds

The ingredient list for the sauerkraut dipping sauce;

  • sauerkraut, drained
  • mayonnaise
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika

How many bratwurst bites does this recipe make?

  • As written, this recipe will make 25 bratwurst bites. 
  • Want more? This recipe can be easily doubled (or tripled) as needed.

For the love of grocery store convenience foods!

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say again, store-bought tubed crescent rolls are one of my favorite grocery store convenience items!

I love to keep them on hand in my refrigerator on a pretty consistent basis. Especially during the holiday season, because you can never go wrong serving an appetizer where crescent rolls are part of the equation. At least not in my opinion.

A horizontal photo of a plate of bratwurst bite appetizers with cocktail picks and a bowl of sauerkraut dipping sauce on a tan napkin.

What if I’m not a fan of sauerkraut? Are there other suggestions for dipping sauces?

If you’re not a fan of sauerkraut you can still make the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites and dip them in something else.

  • Maybe some whole grain German mustard mixed with a little honey.
  • Or what about a prepared onion dip?
  • Or a beer cheese dip would be extra delicious.
  • Here’s a particularly amazing beer cheese dip recipe from Cook the Story that I think would make a tasty dip for these crescent wrapped bratwurst bites. So much so that I think I’m going to make the beer cheese dip the next time I make these bites because now I’m craving beer cheese dip! LOL

More about the sauerkraut dipping sauce;

Since my husband isn’t the biggest fan of sauerkraut (but I still am), I decided to cut the bitterness of the kraut with a bit of mayonnaise and a touch of smoked paprika.

The result is creamy, slightly tangy, slightly smoky, and utterly scrumptious!

Easy Oktoberfest Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during an autumn party or gathering. They're also super simple to make, and everybody loves them! Make some today! - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

The tools and equipment you’ll need are;

  • large skillet
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper (optional)
  • small bowls
  • pastry brush (optional)
  • spoons
  • pizza wheel or knife

Can I make Bratwurst Bites in advance?

  • Yes. Prepare the bites, as written, up until bake time.
  • Cover loosely in the fridge for 1 – 2 days and then bring them to room temperature and then bake as directed.

The easy step-by-step instructions;

  • Cut each bratwurst into 1″ pieces.
  • Brown the brats in the oil over medium/high heat on all sides, turning occasionally.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers. | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Remove the cooked brats from the skillet and pat dry with a paper towel. Cool.
  • Unroll the crescent dough and pat it into a fairly uniform rectangle.
  • Use a knife or pizza wheel to cut the crescent dough in half width-wise, and then in ½” strips, lengthwise so you’ll have 24 pieces total.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Roll up each cooked bratwurst in the crescent dough strips and lay each rolled brat, seam side down on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray, or lined with parchment paper.
How to make crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Brush each brat bite with a tiny bit of egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • Sprinkle each bite with poppy seeds
  • Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
Making crescent wrapped bratwurst bite appetizers | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
  • Meanwhile, mix ½ cup prepared mayonnaise with ½ cup drained sauerkraut, pepper, and ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites warm, or at room temperature, with the chilled sauerkraut dipping sauce.
  • Enjoy!
Making crescent wrapped bratwurst bites with creamy sauerkraut dipping sauce. | Kudos Kitchen by Renee
A vertical closeup image of brat bite appetizers wrapped in dough and sprinkled with poppy seeds.

For additional German-inspired recipes I’ve shared in the past, please click on the following titles for;

“German Onion Soup has plenty of caramelized onions, beer, bratwurst and pretzel roll croutons which will soon become a family favorite! Surprise! I’ll bet you didn’t see that coming.”

A vertical photo of a white bowl filled with German onion soup, croutons, and cheese. A beer bottle, glass, and onion are in the background.

“Nothing speaks to the flavors of a German dinner more than pork and sauerkraut. This easy recipe for German Pork Ribs with Sauerkraut for the slow cooker brings the family to the dinner table with a minimum of effort.”

Closeup photo of a bowl of German Pork Ribs and Sauerkraut with carrots and mushrooms.

Buttered German egg dumplings (spaetzle) are layered in a casserole dish along with shredded Gruyere cheese and crispy, crunchy onions to bring you this delicious recipe for Layered German Spaetzle Casserole with Cheese & Crispy Onions.

Closeup vertical photo of a casserole dish filled with layered spaetzle casserole with cheese and crispy onions with a German doll in the background.
  • BRATWURST BITES WITH SAUERKRAUT DIPPING SAUCE (pictured below) – This is the place!
A closeup vertical title text collage images of bratwurst bites on a plate with sauerkraut dipping sauce and a photo tutorial of how to make them.

See? I told you I love German foods and flavors!  🙂

Whether you’re working on a blue screen device, or in the kitchen, the following affiliate products are ones I can highly recommend to save your eyesight and your sanity.

Below is a photo of my blue blocker computer glasses in action! I swear by them! I work at the computer for what feels like all-day, every-day, and these glasses have relieved a great deal of eye-stress and migraine problems for me.

A neurologist was the one who recommended I get myself some, and it was the best thing he could have told me to do, so now I pass that information on to you!

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy bratwurst bites appetizers.

4.18 from 17 votes
Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or gathering. They're also super simple to make, and everybody loves them! Make some today!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Brat Bites, Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites
Servings: 24
Calories: 78 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 5 bratwurst
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tube non-perforated crescent roll sheet
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ cup sauerkraut drained
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • pinch black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.

  2. Cut the uncooked bratwurst into 1″ pieces to make 24 pieces.

  3. In a large skillet, brown the bratwurst pieces (on medium/high heat) in the oil until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally (approximately 10 minutes).
  4. Remove the cooked bratwurst to a paper towel to drain and cool.
  5. Pop and unroll the crescent sheet. Slice the sheet in half lengthwise and then slice into ½” strips to equal 24 – 6″ strips.
  6. Wrap each cooked bratwurst piece in one of the 6″ crescent strips.
  7. Place each wrapped bratwurst onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
  9. Brush each crescent wrapped bratwurst with a bit of the egg wash, being careful not to saturate the bites as this will make them stick to the tray.
  10. Sprinkle each bratwurst bite with poppy seeds.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.
  12. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the sauerkraut, mayonnaise, pepper, and smoked paprika. Keep cold until ready to serve.
  13. Serve the bratwurst bites warm (or at room temperature), along with the chilled sauerkraut sauce.
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

large skillet, small bowls, pizza wheel (optional), baking sheet, parchment paper (optional), cutting board, chef’s knife, spoons, and pastry brush

Nutrition Facts
Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 bite)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s easy appetizer recipe for Brat Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

Overhead closeup image of a pile of brat bite appetizers with poppy seeds and sauerkraut dipping sauce.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding this recipe or anything else you’ve seen on my site, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. It is always my distinct pleasure to get back with a reply just as soon as I possibly can!

For more Kudos Kitchen recipe information, please follow me on my social medial channels (listed below), and don’t forget to TAG me @kudoskitchen with photos so I can view all your delicious recipe creations! It’s exciting for me when you share them, so don’t be shy!

Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube

Kudos Kitchen by Renee – BRINGING YOU EASY, ECONOMICAL, AND NOURISHING DISHES TO FEED YOUR FAMILY

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

Kudos Kitchen by Renee Signature

**Note – The post above includes affiliate links. As always, I truly thank you for your support!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. When I find a great product or service I like to share it with my readers. For additional information please view my privacy policy.

26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are so good in the dipping sauce, yum!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Don’t skimp on the dipping sauce! It is the BOMB dot com.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I plan on making these vegan using Beyond Sausage (crescent roll dough is already vegan) and vegenaise for the mayo…the dip sounds awesome! I will report back.

  4. There are an annoying amount of commercials on your site. Overkill. Sad. I would rethink that.

  5. Can these be made ahead and frozen?

    • Yes. After they’ve been cooked and frozen, thaw them uncovered before reheating so they don’t take on any moisture that would make the dough soggy.
      Also, watch them in the oven carefully so they don’t over brown.
      Have a wonderful day!

  6. Rebecca Trainor

    These look delicious! Need an appetizer fot a German themed dinner….can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

  7. Why can’t you roll the whole sausage in puff pastry, brush the egg and then cut them into bite size pieces? Opinions?

    • Hi, Jeanne!
      You can definitely do that. I wrote the recipe for crescent rolls, but puff pastry dough should also work.
      Wrapping the entire sausage might be difficult because of the natural curve of a cooked sausage.
      Try it and let me know how it worked for you.
      Renee

  8. Are using a fresh brat or smoked brats for this recipe?

  9. Can you make the dip a day ahead?

    • Hi, Suzanne!
      Yes. You can even make it a few days in advance and then keep it in the fridge if you want.
      The only thing I would suggest is that you make sure the sauerkraut is extra dry when doing so.
      This way the dip won’t get watery as it sits.
      Good question. Hope this helps.
      Enjoy!
      Renee

  10. Do you leave the skin on the sausage? I’m trying to cut them but pressure of cutting into bite size pieces squeezes the meat out of the skin.

    • Hello, Beth!
      I hope this answer reaches you in time to help.
      I do NOT take the casings off the sausages.
      You may be having problems cutting the sausages because your knife may need to be sharpened, OR possibly you need to use a sawing motion with the knife blade instead of pushing down on it.
      Some suggestions for fixing this problem would be to sharpen your knife or perhaps use a serrated knife instead, and don’t forget to use a back and forth sawing motion. You needn’t apply a lot of pressure while cutting the sausages, just let the knife do all the work.
      Another fix would be to freeze the sausages slightly (for about 15 minutes) before slicing.
      I hope these suggestions are helpful.
      Thanks for the question.
      Renee

  11. Quick question – can I fully prepare these the evening before they will be served? I will not have access to a stove the day I need to serve them, so I would need to bake them the night before and then store overnight. Thank you!

    • Hi, Kelly!
      That should work just fine.
      To reheat, do so in a 350-degree oven for like 10-12 minutes, or in a microwave, covered with a paper towel, and on medium power for 2-3 minutes, or until hot.
      I hope this helps. Enjoy the recipe!
      Renee

  12. 5 stars
    Yum! Making this for the superbowl this year!

  13. 5 stars
    These look amazing! We are big fans of all foods German so I’m excited to serve these at our next party or game day – whichever comes first!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






*

By submitting this comment you agree to share your name, email address, website and IP address with Kudos Kitchen by Renee. This information will not be used for any purpose other than enabling you to post a comment. *