the NFL season is upon us, which means "game day" food is basically all i want to eat on Sundays. while i'm not a huge football fan, i am a huge fan of good food, so, yes, i'm willing to spend up to 3 hours watching a sport i don't really understand or care about to eat the snacks. i've teamed up with my friend Lindsay, who writes the food blog, Cooking In Pearls, to bring you guys some game day recipes that are easy enough to whip up just before the game or during halftime.
this first one is a personal favorite because it's something that you maybe haven't seen many other places. whether or not i were a brat fan, i will eat just about anything when you put caramelized onions and spicy mustard on pretzel buns. because pretzel buns. these sliders are delicious and sure to be a football-viewers favorite new game day snack!
here's what you'll need:
1 1/2 pounds Brats, raw
8-10 Pretzel buns, mini
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup Caramelized onions (recipe to follow)
*Beer cheese sauce, optional
1/2 stick butter
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 can beer
salt and pepper, to taste
for the caramelized onions:
> melt butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and toss in your onions
> lower the heat to medium-low, stirring onions while they slowly sauté
> once onions are slightly golden, pour in about 1/2 beer and simmer lightly for about 15 minutes
> turn down heat to low and let them slowly caramelize, adding more beer if they look too dry
> season with salt and pepper
after about 35-40 minutes, the onions should be an amber color and sweet, almost jammy in flavor. you can add fresh thyme or any herb for more depth and richness!
for the brat sliders:
> remove the brat from its casing and cut in half
> form each half into very thin, young patties and set aside
> preheat your grill or grill-pan
> season the brat patties with salt and pepper, generously. place on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the brat is just cooked through
> meanwhile, slice your pretzel buns (you can toast them, too!)
> spread each side of the bun with mustard and top with your brat burger. add a slice of cheese if you want, go wild!
> take a generous scoop of the caramelized onions (oh, the aroma! smells like a day at the ball park!) and top your burger with them
> from here, you can add ketchup, a slice of tomato, relish, or a warm drizzle of beer cheese sauce...yum!
and there you have it! a brat meets a slider and it's perfect for game day.
so, now that your mouth is watering and your stomach grumbling, go ahead and make out your grocery list for the weekend, making sure to include brats and pretzel buns.
happy weekend! and go _____(whichever team you root for)_____!