Thursday, November 26, 2009

Braised Sausages with Apple, Onion and Hard Cider Sauce

Are you turkey'd out?  Has the poultry eating peaked?  Has the waddle overstayed it's welcome?  Well then, let's switch to a different carnivorous fare:  Babe.  Wilbur.  You know of whom I speak.  Those adorable even-toed ungulates.  What?  Mmmmm....pork....
I've had this post in my drafts for weeks and just haven't had the time to clean it up.  It's a lovely dish for you, my fellow no-longer-fond-of-fowl-for-at-least-a-few-months-say-February friends. Braised sausages with apple, onion and hard cider sauce.  You can find the full recipe  here.  Oh yeah mama!  Sounds amazing, am I right?  Thank you very much Rachel Ray to whom I'm forever indebted for this recipe.

First you simmer the brats in a little bit of oil and water.  The following photo looks delicious!  And by delicious, I mean disgusting. (Two D words, easily confused and mistyped).
So just turn away, stifle the gag, and chop up some apples for pete's sake.  And some onions. 
Measure out the hard cider.  (Or apple juice if you'd rather.  What are ya?  Yeller?  You chicken-hearted yellow-bellied fraidy cat).  Actually, apple juice is all I've ever used and it's perfectly fine. 

Get yer mustard all ready.  I done never liked no mustard better'n this 'un.  You'll need brown sugar too.  Don't you adore sweet paired with savory?  It's so tasty.  So unexpected.  Oh, speaking of that, you must try Dandy's recipe for these.   A little bit of salt never tasted so good. Now this is starting to look more like delicious and less like disgusting.  Once all the water has boiled away, keep on cooking the brats so they get nicely browned.
Oh yeah!  Crispy carmelization is my dearest friend and confidante.  I've told it many secrets, not the least of them being that I crave it with abandon.  Others include that a)sometimes I neglect to remove my mascara at the end of the day to a sufficient degree, and b)I haven't scrubbed my shower since the summer solstice.

This is what's left once you take the brats out.  Is it gross?  Perhaps.  After all, it's fatty juice and fond from tubes of pork.  (I'm really sorry for saying that).  But oh my gosh, is it flavorful?  You bet!
Add the apples, onions and some salt and pepper right on top of that flavorful muck of questionable ickiness.

The apples begin to pick it up and you know the flavorful ickiness is being infused.  And that's what you want.  I'm sorry.  The adjectives are confusing here.  Sometimes stuff is icky, but when it's all prepared and roasty and savory, it doesn't matter anymore.  Like hot dogs.  Come on.  Hot dogs are seriously one of the creepiest food products ever.  Slap on a soft bun, some sweet relish and mustard and it's one of life's most enjoyable experiences.  Cheez Whiz?  Uh, it's processed yellow food dye paste in a jar.  Yeeee-ah....Put it in a cute little crock pot with a stick of butter and a cup of cooking sherry and I'll be fondue-ing little cubes of sourdough bread all night long!  See?  So fatty juice from tubes of pork on crispy granny smiths=really yummy. Add the mustard, cider, brown sugar and put the brats back in.  Just simmer to your heart's content.  The apples and onions get more and more tender and the flavors get more and more concentrated.  Here's the result:

 It's goooood. Geed. It's real geeeeeed. 

It's some good eats, ya'll.  Can I get an amen?

14 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

I am SO making this! Thanks for sharing. I love all Johnsonville sausages and I always love adding fruits to otherwise savory-only dishes. :)

from our front porch... said...

OMG! Looks awesome. We do brats on the grill all summer. This looks perfect for winter. Thanks I'll pass this recipe on to hubby!! :)
He can deal with the yckiness, I will eat the goodness!

Misha

The Merwin Cousins said...

My husband is going to LOVE this!!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That sounds good! I've never thought of adding apples! Great idea.

Debbie said...

I absolutely adore Bratwurst and have since I was a wee babe. But I never thought about putting apples with them. I am so making this!

Rural Revival said...

This looks really good! My husband loves to eat everything with apples, I mean everything..this will knock his socks off!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Andrea~

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

This looks so good! I'm all over anything with sausage... I think that makes me a really good person right there.. lol

Relyn said...

This sounds SO GOOD!!

AJ said...

mmmm. Not going to make it, but it DOES look so good. I am a chicken. I'll admit. I'm not ashamed at all.

Muthering Heights said...

Ooooo, this recipe sounds absolutely delicious!!!

golonghorns said...

I think my hubby would really dig this. Thanks for sharing!

curegirl0421 said...

Sausages really do look so nasty when they're first cooking, don't they?! Blech.

But the end result... yes ma'am! :)

Buckeroomama said...

Just want to let you know that I made this for dinner last Sunday and it was a hit -especially with J!!! I'd skipped the mustard, because I didn't realize that we'd run out, but it still turned out really well. :) Thanks again for sharing the recipe.

Flat Creek Farm said...

I just bought some turkey brats tonight in fact. And I just now found this recipe. Where have I been? Thank you, Elle. Sounds like a keeper! -Tammy