Bratwurst Boats

Happy Sunday!

We are having a lazy Sunday (by lazy, I mean full of cooking, yard work, Zumba, Barre, and football) here in casa de Stephenson-to-be. We went to a fantastic wedding yesterday over in Charlottesville and had an amazingly fantastic time. Two thumbs up, Danny Yeh and Angela…you guys nailed it!!! Such a beautiful ceremony, great atmosphere, and all around good times were had by all. I stayed up way past my bedtime, but it was worth every minute!

So now that we are in the swing of things with football season–HAIL–we are getting into game-time sports food. There are going to be lots of Paleo experiments going on in our home during the fall, so let me know if you want to come hang out! I won’t even force you to root for the Skins if you don’t want. Regardless, the inspiration for this experiment came from a comment on one of my previous blog posts (ahem, Sara…!!!). On my post about a cucumber canoe, she mentioned something about hot dogs, so of course my brain started going on overdrive. I was never a big hot dog person, but with Labor Day approaching (Yes, I know Labor Day has passed, but that is when we tried this for the first time…), I decided to give this a whirl and test it out on a nice American holiday! Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. In fact, I don’t think I have stopped thinking about it ever since. We are having it again today while watching the game, and I. CANNOT. WAIT.

Okay, I will stop raving and just tell you how to make it:

Bratwurst Boats

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Ingredients:

Pickle Halves

Bratwurst

Yellow Onion

Bell Pepper (we used yellow, but you may use whatever color you prefer!)

Sauerkraut

Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Cut your peppers and onions.

2. On the stove top, drizzle about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet and add the brats. Brown them and make sure to flip them to get them to cook evenly.

3. Next up, add your peppers and onions. Cook them until your onions are translucent, making sure to stir the mixture occasionally.

4. Add your sauerkraut to the skillet. Mix it all together and cook to desired consistency

5. Once it is done cooking, place to the side to let it cool down a little bit.

6. Take your pickles and spoon out the seeds to make your boat.

7. Assemble this however you choose! I tried cutting the brats up into smaller pieces and put them inside of my bratwurst boat with the sausage, onions, and kraut on top (pictured above). Shep sliced his brat length-wise, put the pickle boat on top and used the inside of the pickle to hold the toppings (pictured below). Regardless of how you assemble your masterpiece, just know that you are about to taste fantastic food. The flavors just go together so incredibly well.

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I cannot wait until lunch!