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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.

  • prep: 35 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian 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

Cook's Note

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


  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Everyday Food, March 2010



Reviews (5)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 16 Apr, 2010

    I have made this three times and it is delicious! I use chicken sausage and add extra onions.