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Bratwurst beyond the obvious

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sweetpotater Sep 17, 2010 01:00 PM

I have some bratwurst I want to use this weekend, but I don't want to just grill and serve on a roll like I usually do. I know of great dishes built around other sausages (lentils and kielbasa with vinaigrette, for example), but I am drawing blanks on bratwurst. Ideas?

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    sweetpotater Sep 17, 2010 01:08 PM

    (I guess I should add that my guests include someone who always seems to be on some sort of Adkins diet. I'm not slavish to her ever-changing eating habits, but I'm thinking the creamy apple compote I found on Epicurious might go untouched.)

    1. soypower Sep 17, 2010 01:42 PM

      If I've got a grill going, I like to throw a few brats on the grill, slice them up and throw them in some marinara that's been stewing with onions and peppers. The pre-grilling gives it a nice smoky flavor. Personally, I love this over pasta or rice, but for your low-carbers, perhaps they could just eat a plate of sausage and peppers with some fresh mozarella on top?

      1. Perilagu Khan Sep 17, 2010 02:04 PM

        Perhaps a choutcrout garni?

        1. chefj Sep 17, 2010 08:35 PM

          Sauerkraut, Mash Potatoes, Marinated Cukes and Beets with Horseradish

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            Naguere Sep 17, 2010 11:15 PM

            Traditionalist ! LOL

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              chefj Sep 18, 2010 11:12 AM

              In Zeiten die alten Wege sind die besten Wege

          2. mnosyne Sep 17, 2010 09:34 PM

            I made szegediner gulyas using bratwurst, sauerkraut, sour cream, onions, paprika etc. It was caramelly, rich and everyone wanted seconds. I can't find the recipe I used, but if you google it, you'll find one you can use.

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              deepsouth Sep 17, 2010 09:38 PM

              cooke the brats in a nice tasty ale along with some onions until they are technically done(boil essentially, cover the brats) and then grill them. garnish as you wish.

              edit: sorry, i think i replied to that wrong. i meant to reply to the OP.

            2. greygarious Sep 17, 2010 11:10 PM

              I make a big pot of soup every week. Often it starts with sausage diced into half-inch cubes and seared all over until it is very brown and there's a lot of fond. I then add chopped onion to deglaze and once they are golden, add chicken broth and head off in any one of many directions. Could be cabbage, apple, caraway, and wild rice. Could be root vegetables and pre-cooked beans. Could be canned diced tomato, barley, and mixed veg. Could be squash, apple, and curry. Could be sauerkraut, beer, and swiss cheese. Or, could be clam broth instead of chicken, and clambake ingredients for clambake soup.

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                bluemoon4515 Sep 18, 2010 11:24 AM

                One of our favorites is a Dublin Coddle. You layer bratwurst, bacon, carrots, onions, potatoes in a crock pot and cook with a bit of beer or cider in the bottom.

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