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Reformation Day & Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Applesauce & Mashed Potatoes

October 31, 2011

No, I do not observe the standard October 31st celebration. For me, it is Reformation Day

Castle Church Door

…the 494th observing of Martin Luther’s scholarly questioning existing church practices.

The 95 Theses were quickly translated from Latin into German, printed, and widely copied, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press. Within two weeks, copies of the theses had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe.


Reformation Sunday morning (yesterday) a bagpipe began our service with “Highland Cathedral” accompanied by our organ.
We are a blessed assembly in that the Lord has called men of great faith with hearts of service for our congregation. I don’t tell these men often enough…have I ever told them at all… how much I respect them, how much I appreciate their service to this church, how much I personally need their wisdom & insight into Scripture & life. (Hey, Jim, Larry, Jack, Wayne, Matt, J & Phil – thanks, guys, for all you do!)


Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Applesauce & Mashed Potatoes

My “German” Dinner for #3 Son
This I made at the request of #3 Son when he returned from his semester abroad… gosh, has it already been 4 years ago! After his Fall Break running around the continent with his buddy, he rejoined the Political Science Abroad group in Germany. He was tired & hungry & found that the German people eat rib-sticking foods with lots of flavor. He gave me the ingredients to include & I somehow threw this together. He was pleased & #2 Son brought a friend home in time to eat dinner – add DH to the table & I barely got a nibble!

Serve with either a German-style Beer or a Riesling (German wine).

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

  • 2 Tablespoons Good Bacon Drippings (or you can use Olive Oil)
  • 1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans “German” Sauerkraut, drained (that mean it has caraway seeds)
  • 1/2 can German Beer
  • 1 package Bratwurst
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large iron skillet with a lid, heat bacon drippings over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions & sauté until soft.
  4. Spread sauerkraut over onions &amp.
  5. Brown brats in a separate skillet then arrange brats over top of kraut.
  6. Pour beer overall & cover with lid then place in oven while you prepare everything else.


  • 3 Golden Delicious Apples, chopped
  • 3 McIntosh Apples, chopped (apples, combined, should be around 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup Water or Apple Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey
  • Dash Sea Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to boil & reduce heat to simmer, covered for 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover & cook until liquid has evaporated. (Watch it carefully so you do not scorch it.)

Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 pounds Waxy Potatoes (Red Rose, White Rose or Yukon Gold), cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 5 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  1. Put potatoes into a saucepan.
  2. Add salt.
  3. Cover with water.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes.
  5. Warm milk & melt butter, together, in a pan on the stove. (No, I do not use microwave ovens.)
  6. Drain water from potatoes.
  7. Put hot potatoes into a large bowl.
  8. Add milk mixture.
  9. Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed.
  10. Use a strong spoon to beat further, adding extra milk to achieve the consistency you desire. (You can use an electric mixer, but do not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey.)
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve these dishes on your kitchen table & let everyone dig in. Prepare for lots of lively conversation & no leftovers at all!

Good grief, it has taken me far too long to get all this typed up! I didn’t have any of these recipes on my computer!


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