Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bratwurst, Cole Slaw, and Baked Beans

I learned to make this from Jean DeVita in Memphis.  Jean and her husband were from Milwaukee, a city that is all about sausages.  Being from the South, I had never even tasted a bratwurst, much less cooked one.  I didn't know what I had been missing! Now, bratwurst is a family favorite.  I don't always make sauerkraut. Often, we have coleslaw instead.  Whichever, it is a great summer meal.

Bratwurst
1 package raw brats (5 to a package)
1 bottle beer
1 onion, sliced

Put all ingredients in a lidded pot, bring to a simmer, reduce heat (don't let them boil!) Cover & cook til done-about 15 minutes. Brown on grill or in skillet and return to beer until ready to serve. Serve in good buns, with mustard, catsup, & sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut
2 tbl olive oil or bacon grease
1 package sauerkraut
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup beer ( you can use some from the brats)
Drain and rinse sauerkraut in colander. Brown 1/2 onion in the fat. Add sauerkraut, saute til liquid has evaporated. Add beer and let simmer til beer has almost evaporated.

I made this cole slaw the other night when we cooked bratwurst. It was great!

1/4 cabbage, chopped or sliced thin
2 carrots, chopped
1/4-1/2 head broccoli, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped

1 cup mayo
1 tbl dijon or creole mustard
1/4 C rice wine vinegar
1 tbl sugar
salt & pepper

In a food processor fitted with the large shredding disk, shred cabbage, carrots, and broccoli. Chop the red onion by hand and add to the veg. In another bowl mix mayo, mustard, vinegar & sugar. ( Add vinegar & sugar to your taste.) Salt & pepper to taste. Mix into vegs. This improves as it stands.

Baked Beans

1 can baked beans
2 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbl brown sugar
3 tbl barbeque sauce
3 tbl catsup
3 tbl ballpark mustard
1/4 tsp chile powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Saute bacon til fat has rendered. Add onion and saute til translucent. Add brown sugar and beans. Add remaining ingredients. Taste & correct seasonings. Can be served right away, but it's better if you cover and bake it 30 minutes.

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