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David LOVES brats. I had never eaten a brat before I was pregnant, I thought they were too much like hotdogs. One day, when I was pregnant with Daniel, David was grilling up some brats for lunch. For some reason (probably being that I was pregnant) they looked soooo good and I HAD to have one! David gave me one, and I ended up eating 3! Now that I am not pregnant anymore, I am not much of a fan again, unless they are cheddar brats, but I still make them because David likes them so much. Daniel really likes them too, he loves to dip them in ketchup. Tonight I served these up with my Orzo Pea Salad, which is one of my absolute favorites for the summer!
1 six pack of your favorite amber or dark beer
1 onion, sliced
6 cloves garlic
5 fresh bratwurst sausages
In a large pot or dutch oven heat the beer, onion, and garlic to boiling. Turn down heat to low, add the brats and cover. Slow simmer for 3-5 hours in the beer. Grill the brats on an outdoor grill until browned on all sides. Serve on a brat bun with your favorite condiments - David swears that you only eat brats with mustard. He told Daniel tonight that "brats are a religion and eating brats with anything other than mustard is blasphemous!" Daniel responded by dipping his brat in ketchup and taking a big bite! Haha!
Orzo Pea Salad
I LOVE this salad! I came up with it after I had something similar at an afternoon tea party in Paris. I usually make this if I am having a large gathering, tea party, picnic, you name it, I make it. It is constantly requested.
I large package frozen peas, thawed
2 cups cooked orzo, cooled
1 small block cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (I use a nice sharp cheddar)
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I use turkey bacon or pancetta if I can find it)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use homemade but store bought works fine too)
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
I hope you enjoy these recipes, they are really wonderful on a nice summer day!
Until next time, happy and HEALTHY cooking and EATING!