Sunday Supper: Pan-Fried Brats With Parsley Spaetzle and Mustard, Bacon, and Apple Sauce

Sunday Supper

Cooking projects for people who'd like nothing more than to spend a sunday afternoon surrounded by the wonderful aromas of the kitchen.

Editor's note: Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.


Pan-fried brats are accompanied by bacon, apples, and onions in grainy mustard sauce—all ideal companions for homemade spaetzle. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

While the inclination to stuff brats into a bun is understandable, treating them like a straight-up sausage has its merits, too. Here, they're pan-fried with bacon, apples, and onions in a mustard sauce and served with parsley-flecked spaetzle—the perfect thing for sopping up the juices.

If you can't find fire-roasted peppers, regular canned ones will work just fine. A little bit of heat is nice here, too, so if you can get your hands on canned, fire-roasted green chilies or jalapeños, consider using them.