Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

Easy Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Dough with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or for tailgating. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them! Make some today!

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My family (well, me really) goes crazy for all things German when fall arrives and the leaves start to change. 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 Oktoberfest 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. 

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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.

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.

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What if I’m not a fan of sauerkraut? Do you have any other suggestions for dipping sauces?

  • If you’re not a fan of sauerkraut you can still make the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites and then 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
  • But, back to the creamy sauerkraut dip. 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! -

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 instructions;

  • Cut each bratwurst into 1″ pieces.
  • Brown the brats in the oil over medium/high heat on all sides, turning occasionally.

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  • Remove the cooked brats from the skillet and pat dry with a paper towel. Cool.
  • Unroll the crescent dough and pat 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Bratwurst Bites

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

4.3 from 10 votes
Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
Easy Oktoberfest Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Easy Oktoberfest Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a Fall 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 - Kudos Kitchen
  • 1 package 5 each 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 if needed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • pinch black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  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
Easy Oktoberfest Crescent Wrapped 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.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Rolls with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

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  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!

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