Bratwurst is almost synonymous with German cuisine. Nothing is more homey than cutting into a thick sausage accompanied by small heaps of sauerkraut and fried onions. In each region of Germany, bratwursts are cooked differently, ranging from fried to braised to broiled. However, steam-cooking the sausage is an appealing way of preparing them for the entire family, maintaining their flavor without adding additional unhealthy fats.
Set the frying pan on the stove. Place the bratwurst in one even layer on the bottom of the pan.
Pour the beer or liquid into the pan so the sausages are covered halfway up their sides.
Turn the burner to medium-high heat. Cover the pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are cooked. While cooking, keep an eye on the level of liquid -- if the pan is almost dry at any point during the cooking process, add more liquid. By the end of the cooking period, there should be little to no liquid left.
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Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.