In honor of Father’s Day we’re making beer bratwurst! I wanted to surprise dad with a hearty meal but I also wanted something different than steak and mashed potatoes, so Bratwurst and German Potato Salad are where I landed.
I like this meal because it lends it’s self easily to an outdoor picnic or served up at the dinner table. You can grill the brats inside on a grill pan or fire up the outdoor grill - and maybe ask dad to help and make it a family event. :) And don’t forget a side dish., You could try my German Potato Salad as it pairs nicely with brats. And it’s also a great choice for an out door picnic because there’s no mayonnaise to worry about and it’s tasty at room temperature, warm or even straight out of the refrigerator.
I hope you enjoy this dinner on Father’s Day or any ole day of the year! If you give it a try, be sure yo tag #desociointhekitchen, I would love to see how it turned out!
3 cans of dark beer - I used Guinness
1 large Sweet onion - cut into slices
1 bell pepper - cut into slices
2 pads of butter
Stone ground (or spicy) mustard - enough to your liking
2 fresh baguettes - cut into portions to fit the brats
In a medium pot, heat beer over medium heat. Once heated add brats and bring to a low boil. Boil until brats are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Boiling the brats low and slow ensures everything stays juicy.
While brats are boiling prepare the onions and peppers. In a medium skillet melt about 2 pads of butter (replace with olive oil if you prefer). Once butter has melted add in sliced onion and pepper. Season with a little salt and pepper. Saute until soft and easily cut with a fork. Note: for even more flavor I’ll add a drizzle of thick balsamic to the finished onions and pepper.
Back to the brats. Preheat a stove top grill pan (or your outdoor grill, if that’s what you prefer) over medium/high heat. Using tongs carefully take the brats out of the beer and place on to the grill pan. Grill until you’ve reach the desired char/grill marks. Note: another way to keep your brats juicy, is to baste the brats with the left over beer from boiling as they are grilling.
While the brats are grilling prepare the bread. I like to warm the bread in the oven to get it nice and hot and crunchy. After, apply as much mustard as you’d like. Place one brat per bread and top with onions and pepper!
As an accompaniment I like to serve there brats with my Authentic German Potato Salad.