Thursday, September 01, 2005

Grilling Bratwurst

Have you ever had very unusual cravings? Once, I remember, I craved a dill pickle so bad (no, I wasn't pregnant) that I had to leave work, go to the 7-11 and buy one. This week I have been craving sausages. But not just any sausage...Bratwurst sausage! I have never been a fan of Bratwurst because in the past I've had either over-cooked bratwurst or bratwurst with too much seasoning that the flavor was overwhelming. Thank goodnes for the Sausage King. It is a tiny deli in Mission Hills that specializes in Bavarian goodies. They sell all sorts of homemade sausages, pickled herring, strudel, and tons of German and Austrian products. My favorite, of course, is their homemade bratwurst. So I asked my ever so wonderful husband to pick up a few bratwursts (he got 2 regular and 2 smoked) and he grilled them. Bratwurst, and most sausages for that matter, are quite easy to grill. If you have time, you can make a hot tub for your brats, but I think the beer and onions tends to take aways from the real bratwurst flavor. Once you get your grill to a medium heat going, grill the bratwurst, turning them, until golden and just cooked through (about 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), about 20 minutes. On the side, I made the 15 Minute Pasta Sauce and served it over al dente penne pasta with cubed, fresh mozzarella and basil. It was a fast and simple meal and the flavor was incredible. Since we are in the last days of summer, Matthew and I want to take advantage of the grill as much as possible. I hope you all take advantage of grilling too. It's such a great way to cook and to bring the outdoors into your meal.

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