Knocks ‘n Brats Stoup


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more for buttering toast
  • 2 packages shredded hashbrown potatoes (16 ounces each)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 package shredded cabbage (16 ounces)
  • 1 package shredded carrots (10 ounces)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bottle beer
  • Fresh dill, chopped (a generous handful)
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (32 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown or grainy mustard
  • 3 knockwurst sausages
  • 3 bratwurst sausages
  • 4 slices pumpernickel or rye bread


In a soup pot, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, and the 2 tablespoons butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and onion, season with salt and pepper and cook for 7 minutes. Add the cabbage, carrots and bay leaf and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the beer, dill, parsley and caraway seeds and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth and mustard, bring to a simmer, then lower the heat and keep warm.

In a large skillet, combine the knockwurst, bratwurst and remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO with enough water to fill the skillet by 1/4 inch. Cook over medium-high heat until the liquid evaporates and the sausages brown, 12-15 minutes. Cut the sausages into 2-inch chunks.

Toast the bread, then lightly butter and cut into strips.

Top the stoup with the knockwurst and bratwurst. Serve with the toasts.

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