Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stovetop Bratwurst

There are countless online recipes on how to cook brats (sausage not naughty kids) from skillet cooking, oven roasting, grilling or putting them in a crockpot. My original plan was to try the crockpot, before deciding to try my own variation based on what was in the refrigerator.

Most brat recipes involve some form of cabbage, either fresh or canned. However, Grenville is not a fan of fresh cabbage. While he tolerates sauerkraut, it’s also not a favorite and we didn’t have any cans in the pantry.

Now the challenge was to work with what was readily available to prepare a meal without shopping and to using only one pan.

Here’s what was available: package of Johnsonville brand bratwurst, onion, 2 green peppers, 2 sweet potatoes, 2 apples, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar (Splenda).
1130 skillet brauwurst (2)
Here’s how it was prepared — feel free to make whatever seasoning adjustments you prefer to the recipe ingredients or seasonings to suit your taste:
  1. Peel and cut up sweet potatoes. Either parboil or place in microwave to soften (but not too much).
  2. Add small amount of oil to a large enough skillet and brown brats. When done, carefully add 1/2 C water, cover and cook for 12 minutes (this method was per package directions).
  3. Remove brats and drain on paper towels.
  4. Add cut up onion and peppers to pan and cook until softened; add potatoes and sliced apples.
  5. Cut brats into pieces or leave whole (your preference); return to pan.
  6. Combine 2 TBSP Dijon mustard and 2 TBSP brown sugar and add to skillet.  Mix thoroughly and serve.
 1130 skillet brauwurst (4)
This would be great with some crusty bread, but as we are trying to avoid carbs, we had a salad instead — it wasn’t quite the same.

This meal was very colorful for the season.


Out on the prairie said...

Looks good, I haven't eaten yet so wish I had the ingredients.My family puts kraut in the middle of mashed taters.

Daisy said...

Looks delicious and filling! :)

Sandra said...

i am thinking the smell was wonderful while cooking. i was a little disappointment by the third sentence when you specified the word BRATS doesn't mean kids, i have 3 next door that need to be roasted or bottoms toasted or something like that

Montanagirl said...

Looks really good!

DeniseinVA said...

I am with you on the crusty bread but Gregg and I are also avoiding carbs since all the gallivanting over the last few months. This looks like another great recipe of yours that I will add to my list. Thanks for the delicious recipe :)

Ludwig Keck said...

Looks great, sound marvelous! I have some brats and some small apples - we'll rustle up the other ingredients - and Oktoberfest continues!

Rebecca said...

I wish I liked veggies as much as I like carbs. Kinda sad...

Ginnie said...

Every Sunday I have a short visit with my two boys (both bachelors, as in divorced) and I always take them a special meat. I'm going to make this one of yours next week. Thanks

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