He-Man Brats

“One of the delights of life is eating with friends, 
second to that is talking about eating. 
 And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, 
there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.” 
Laurie Colwin


The above quote was surely referring to brats, a huge people friendly food.  Brats were probably born for summer time and the grill but, if its fall, that means it’s football season and brat time!

 Just try this recipe and you’ll find they are just as good, if not better, prepared inside.  It’s bratwurst with a twist because of the mild sweet Spanish onions and cabbage that are simmered in beer and flavored with spices.  They are simmered until the beer reduces, caramelizing the onions and cabbage till it turns into a delicious golden sauce. And remember, the better the beer, the better the flavor.

He-Man Brats are definitely a hit at my house and ladies, I’m betting your man will love them also.  They are not usually consumed with wine or other pretentious drinks, they are meant to be washed down with your favorite beer, as in “bratwash!”   

He-Man Brats


6 bratwurst
1 large Spanish onion, sliced
1/2 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 c. water
1/2 c. mustard, your favorite type
1/4 c. dill pickle juice
1/2 t. dill
1/4 t. caraway seeds
1 bottle dark beer


Brown brats in skillet over medium heat.  
Add all ingredients in order given, stirring well after each addition. 
Cover and let cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.  
Stir and continue covered cooking for about 30 minutes on medium-low heat till done.
Place on platter and serve with Bratwurst buns or French bread and your favorite side dishes. 

Mmmm bratwurst!

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