I have a love affair going with the Bratwurst sausages that you can buy at Aldi. They are very lean and I think they are delicious, with the flavour of fennel and spice. Oftimes I will treat us to a meal of sauerkraut and bratwurst. We love German food in this house. The Toddster lived in Germany several times . . . a couple as a soldier and once as a civilian. I lived there as a small child, in the Black Forest, when my father was in the CAF. As a couple we have gone on holidays a few times to Germany. It's one of our favourite places to go, so it's no surprise that we love German food.
I often freeze half of the package of Bratwurst when I buy it, because well . . . there are only two of us and we can only eat so much. One for me, one for Todd and yes . . . she is a spoiled pooch, one for Mitzie.
I had bought a turkey crown for Christmas the other day and in order to fit it into the freezer, I had to take something out and so I took out some Brats I had frozen and a few other bits. I didn't feel much like eating Brats and Kraut however . . . what to do, what to do.
I decided to make a one pot supper, using the Brats, potatoes and some sliced white cabbage. I sliced the Brats into coins and browned them on both sides along with a chopped onion. I then added the potatoes, cut into cubes (no need to peel) and some sliced cabbage. I braised the mixture in a bit of chicken stock until the potatoes were fork tender.
I then added some double cream (just a touch) and some grated cheese, half stirred in with the cream to make a creamy sauce. . . and other half sprinkled on top. I then popped the whole dish under the grill to melt the cheese to a bubbling golden brown.
Oh baby, this was some tasty! And so easy to make as well. I love it when I am inspired to just take what I have and put it together into something magically delicious. I guess I find that pretty easy because I have been cooking for years and years. I kind of know by now what works and what doesn't. It guess it comes with practice.
Don't worry though I am always happy to share. I do hope you will give this a go and that you come back and tell me how much you enjoyed it! We thought it was fabulous and it's become a new favourite with us. OH, and I used low fat cheddar which worked really well. Normally the lower fat stuff won't. It was Pilgrim 30% lower fat strong cheddar. It worked wonderfully.
*Brat and Spud Autumn Warmer*Serves 4
salt and black pepper to taste
Turn on the grill. Scatter the remaining cheese over top of the mixture in the pan and then pop under the grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling and beginning to brown lightly. Remove and serve.