Easy Bratwurst Appetizer Bites 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!
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.
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- The ingredient list for the bites:
- The ingredient list for the sauerkraut dipping sauce:
- Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- How many bratwurst bites does this recipe make?
- What if I'm not a fan of sauerkraut?
- Alternative dipping sauce suggestions:
- More about the sauerkraut dipping sauce:
- Can I make Bratwurst Bites in advance?
- The easy step-by-step instructions:
- Additional German-inspired recipes:
- Printable Recipe Card
The ingredient list for the bites:
- 1 package (5 each) bratwurst
- 1 tube crescent rolls (I used the non-perforated sheets, or use the triangles and press together to form sheets)
- one egg
- poppy seeds
The ingredient list for the sauerkraut dipping sauce:
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large skillet
- baking sheet
- parchment paper (optional)
- small bowls
- pastry brush
- pizza wheel or knife
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.
What if I'm not a fan of sauerkraut?
If you're not a fan of sauerkraut you can still make the crescent wrapped bratwurst bites and dip them in something else.
Alternative dipping sauce suggestions:
- 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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Additional German-inspired recipes:
- GERMAN ONION SOUP (pictured below)
"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."
- GERMAN SLOW COOKER PORK RIBS AND SAUERKRAUT (pictured below) -
"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."
- GERMAN SPAETZLE CASSEROLE WITH CHEESE AND CRISPY ONIONS (pictured below) -
"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."
- BRATWURST BITES WITH SAUERKRAUT DIPPING SAUCE (pictured below) - This is the place!
See? I told you I love German foods and flavors! 🙂
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Printable Recipe Card
Bratwurst Appetizer Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce
- paper towels
- 5 bratwurst
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tube non-perforated crescent roll sheet
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- ½ cup sauerkraut drained
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- pinch black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius)
- Cut the uncooked bratwurst into 1" pieces to make 24 pieces.
- 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).
- Remove the cooked bratwurst to a paper towel to drain and cool.
- Pop and unroll the crescent sheet. Slice the sheet in half lengthwise and then slice into ½" strips to equal 24 - 6" strips.
- Wrap each cooked bratwurst piece in one of the 6" crescent strips.
- Place each wrapped bratwurst onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
- 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.
- Sprinkle each bratwurst bite with poppy seeds.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the sauerkraut, mayonnaise, pepper, and smoked paprika. Keep cold until ready to serve.
- Serve the bratwurst bites warm (or at room temperature), along with the chilled sauerkraut sauce.
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