Creamy Bratwurst Stew Recipe
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Creamy Bratwurst Stew Recipe

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A rich sauce coats this hearty combination of potatoes, carrots and bratwurst chunks. "I adapted a baked stew recipe that appeared in a newspaper," says Susan Holmes from Germantown, Wisconsin. "This is so comforting on cold winter evenings."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-3/4 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 pounds uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 544 calories, 39g fat (15g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 1367mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. Place first five ingredients in a 5-qt. slow cooker; toss to combine. Top with bratwurst. Mix broth and seasonings; pour over top.
  2. Cook, covered, on low until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 6-7 hours. Remove sausages from slow cooker; cut into 1-in. slices. Add to potato mixture; stir in cream.
  3. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Cook, covered, on high until thickened, about 30 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Bratwurst Stew in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p41

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 260561
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"Yes schaef79, there are 2 cups of half & half added at the end of the recipe to make the creamy broth for the stew."

schaef79 User ID: 6019894 260560
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"Question. Is there really only 1/2 cup of broth with the vegetables and meat for the 6-7 hours?"

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 259466
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"I've made this several times now and each time it's delicious!!! I cut this recipe in half, except I only put 12oz of bratwurst (the full pound seems like a bit too much). I've also tried it with some frozen corn in it. The stew never seems to thicken up enough for my taste but it's so delicious I don't mind. The potatoes and carrots need about 3-3.5 hours to fully cook, but the sausage is done in only 2-2.5 hours (my slow cooker apparently runs hot).

This last time I made this, I used Chesapeake Bay chicken sausage (has Old Bay in the sausage), then I put generous amounts of Old Bay in the stew itself, omitting the salt, pepper, & basil. It reminded me of a crab corn chowder (without the crab, haha).
I love tweaking this each time. A forgiving recipe, and fun to mess around with!"

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 255438
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2016

"Perfect stew for when the weather turns cold!! Hearty and thick."

[email protected] User ID: 1665956 243298
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"This a great filling stew with lots of flavor! The only thing I did different was omit the water later in the recipe, and used regular milk, since I didn't have any 1/2 and 1/2 on hand. Mixed the cornstarch with that and it came out perfect! Definitely a keeper here!"

millieanne User ID: 3525056 221077
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Excellent. Subbed sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. Warm, hearty, and heart warming! Will be making again!"

myfamily User ID: 2583998 154358
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"My husband and young children love this hearty meal. It is easy to prepare and full of flavor."

Bobur7 User ID: 4921193 144997
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Trying this tonight - but half brats and half fresh polish plus 2 cup shredded red cabbage."

lor1s User ID: 2985155 63214
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"YUM!!!!! This is so good! Great Sunday dinner recipe."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 154356
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"Delicious! We loved this crock pot recipe for a family dinner."

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