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Beer-Braised Sausages with Warm Potato Salad


Beer, sausage, and potatoes are a classic combination. We simmer everything together to make a satisfying one-pot meal.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2010


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian pork sausages
  • 1 medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces pale ale beer
  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add sausages and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add onion and cook until softened, about 7 minutes. Add beer, potatoes, and 2 cups water; season with salt and pepper and press to submerge potatoes in cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Transfer sausages to a serving platter and keep warm. In a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon oil, vinegar, and parsley. With a slotted spoon, transfer potato mixture to dressing (reserve cooking liquid) and toss to combine.

  3. Return pot to high heat; boil cooking liquid until reduced to 1 cup, about 12 minutes. Return sausages to pot and cook until heated through, 2 minutes. Place sausages and dressed potatoes on serving platter; drizzle half the sauce over top. Serve sausages and potatoes with remaining sauce alongside.

Cook's Notes

Italian pork sausages are delicious in this recipe, but other sausages, such as chicken or turkey, also work well.

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  • mcandee
    6 DEC, 2012
    This was delicious. I could have halved the recipe to feed three people easily when served with green beans and biscuits. On it's own I still don't see how it would only serve 2 (per the previous review). Will definitely make this again.
  • liz_alchemist
    14 MAR, 2011
    Love this dish! My husband, a super-picky eater, asks for this constantly! Amazing how beer-braising makes Italian sausages taste sooooooo German. Very, very flavorful!
  • onelittlebirdie
    28 NOV, 2010
    this recipe is delicious, a great winter night meal. double the recipe if you want leftovers to freeze, otherwise it is the perfect size for two people - not for 4, as indicated in the recipe.
  • Snyx
    22 NOV, 2010
    My boyfriend and I really like this recipe. So far we've done it a few different ways. One of which include taking it camping. Our favorite is to use Fat Tire beer (we usually use a little more beer and less water than the recipe for a really rich flavor), hot sausage (not italian), extra onions, and a potato medley (purple, gold, red and white potatoes-it makes for a pretty presentation).
  • nattyc817
    16 APR, 2010
    I have made this three times and it is delicious! I use chicken sausage and add extra onions.