A simple, quick meal for after your Black Friday shopping spree. This hearty meal is just what you need when there is a chill in the air but you’re too tired to go all out cooking dinner after your mall hopping.
I’ve made this dish for years, but I have always made it with regular smoked sausage. Thought I’d try it with brats this time. Good decision! It was quick, simple and very tasty. The caraway seed is optional, but adds a lot to the overall flavor of this delicious dinner dish. This pairs nicely with my cool, Mint Cucumber Salad. If I have a salad, one serving fills me right up because I find brats to be quite rich. The hubs eats 2 links however. ;) This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.
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VARIATION: Substitute your favorite smoked sausage for the brats. You can also substitute in green cabbage for an equally delicious dish. It really doesn’t taste any different than the purple.
12 oz. beef brats (4 links)
1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease
4 c. purple cabbage, cut up coarsely (or green cabbage will do)
3 oz. onion, slivered thin
½ tsp. caraway seed
¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
DIRECTIONS: In a small non-stick skillet, cook the sausage until browned on all sides. I like to start out with ½” water in the pan and basically let the brats boil in that water, covered with a lid, until they are totally gray and pretty firm and done. Then I pour off the water, pierce them with a knife or fork to allow grease to exude and brown them slowly in their own grease, rotating several times, until golden on all sides. Using a lid during browning will reduce spattering of grease a little.
While they cook, add the bacon grease to a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat. Add the onion, and stir-fry until it begins to brown and caramelize. Add cabbage and caraway seed. Lower heat to medium. Stir fry until the cabbage is wilted to the stage you like, but not completely or it will get quite strong tasting, in my opinion. You want a little crunch and natural sweetness left in it. Top with the browned brats and serve at once.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains: Men will eat 2 servings, women only 1
354 calories, 28.5 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.20 g fiber, 7.17 g NET CARBS, 14.5 g protein, 802 mg sodium (all from the brats, unfortunately)