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Posts Tagged ‘Bratwurst’

Hot Dog Buns

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I’m not going to lie.  When my husband suggested we have bratwurst for lunch yesterday, I was a little worried.  It’s not that I dislike bratwurst– that is far from the truth.  What I dislike most about making bratwurst is picking out buns.

I stood in the bread aisle for about twenty minutes before picking out an option to try.  I feel like I’ve tried every hot dog bun carried in our local supermarket, all with disappointing results.

My husband’s favorite type of bun is the New England Style.  I enjoy these as well,  but unfortunately, they are impossible to find in the great state of Colorado.

New England Hot DogSo, we’ve had to improvise.  We generally use whole wheat buns, and I think we’ve tried every available brand from our local supermarkets.

Sara Lee Soft and Smooth Wheat buns:  These buns were tasty, but when toasted in the oven, they fell apart.  These were the perfect size for hot dogs, but they were on the small side for bratwurst.

Whole Foods Whole Wheat Buns:  I hate to say this since I generally like Whole Foods’ products, but these buns were pretty bad.  They were dry to begin with, but once toasted, they were completely dried out.  I thought these would be great, but I was very disappointed.

Our new favorite, though, is the Oroweat 100% Whole Grain Whole Wheat bun.

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These buns were delicious, and they maintained their shape and structure once toasted in the oven.  I think we’ll use these hot dog buns for the foreseeable future.

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Simple Pleasures

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Funny how moving kind of got in the way of cooking and posting.  Now that we’re finished with the moving process, I’ve been experimenting in my new kitchen.

Today is one of the first nice days of spring, and my husband and I decided to grill on our new deck.  I wasn’t planning on posting this meal because it’s pretty simple, but in the end, I decided simple isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Today’s lunch consisted of bratwurst, mac n cheese, and tater tots.  It was delicious.  I used my dad’s cooking method, which has always been a favorite.

Bill’s Brats

6 Bratwurst (I used Boulder Sausage’s Beer Bratwurst)

3 12 oz. cans beer (Dale’s Pale Ale!)

1 Onion, sliced thin

6 Hot Dog Buns

Add the onion, beer and bratwurst to a large pot.  I used Oskar Blue’s Dale’s Pale Ale, one of our Colorado favorites.  I thought the hoppy flavor of Dale’s Pale would complement the flavor of the bratwurst, and I’m happy to say I was pleased with the results.

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Slowly bring to a simmer.  Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes or so.

In the meantime, start the coals for a charcoal grill.

After the bratwurst have simmered for 30 minutes, cook on the grill.  On a hot grill, they will not take long, about 5 minutes per side.

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My husband cooked the brats on the grill while I toasted the buns.  I placed the buns on the middle oven rack in a 450 degree oven.   After about a minute, I removed the buns from the oven.

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