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Slow-Cooker Goetta

My husband's grandfather, a German, introduced goetta to me when we first got married. I found a slow-cooker recipe and changed some of the ingredients to make this the best goetta around. Now, many people request the recipe. It makes a lot of sausage, but it freezes well. —Sharon Geers, Wilmington, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, rubbed sage and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 2 medium onions, chopped

Directions

  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine water, oats and seasonings. Cook, covered, on high 2 hours. Remove bay leaves.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Stir sausage mixture and reserved drippings into oats. Cook, covered, on low 2 hours.
  • Transfer mixture to 2 waxed paper-lined 9x5-in. loaf pans. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • To serve, slice each loaf into 16 slices. In a large skillet, cook goetta, in batches, over medium heat until lightly browned and heated through, 3-4 minutes on each side.
    Freeze option: After shaping the goetta in loaf pans, cool and freeze, covered, until firm. Transfer goetta to freezer containers or wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. Partially thaw in refrigerator overnight; slice and cook as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 121 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • fayespeland
    Jun 25, 2018

    We first saw Goetta on an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and had to try our hand in making it. This recipe had lots of seasoning , which we like. My steel cut oats was really dry and sticking to my slow cooker before the first 2 hours of cooking was up. Added more water and the meat and cooked another 2 hours on low. Deliciously differemt! Thanks for sharimg. ~Fay from Montana