A Delicious One Pan Autumn Warmer

Wednesday 29 October 2014

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I have a love affair going with the Bratwurst sausages.   Todd and I love German Food full stop.  It's one of our favourite places to visit . . .  I had the most delicious brats and sauerkraut once when we were there.  

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The photograph I took doesn't really do it justice.  It was absolutely flippin delicious!  Boiled potatoes . . .  that tangy kraut, perfectly cooked and a grilled brat.  So good!  You know something is fabulous when six years later you are still thinking about it!  Me-thinks I best start saving my pennies to go back!

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I often freeze half of the package of Bratwurst when I buy it, because well . . . we are a small family, and we can only eat so much.  Mitzie loves it too.  It's a good thing it's a rare treat!

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I had bought a turkey crown for Christmas the other day and in order to fit it into the freezer, I had to take something out and so I took out some Brats I had frozen and a few other bits.   I didn't f have any kraut in the cupboard however . . . what to do, what to do.  

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I decided to make a one pot supper, using the Brats, some potatoes and a bit of sliced white cabbage.  I  sliced the Brats into coins and browned them on both sides along with a chopped onion.  I then added the potatoes, cut into cubes (no need to peel) and some sliced cabbage.  I braised the mixture in a bit of chicken stock until the potatoes were fork tender.    

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I then added some double cream (just a touch) and some grated cheese, half stirred in with the cream  to make a creamy sauce. . . and other half sprinkled on top.  I then popped the whole dish under the grill to melt the cheese to a bubbling golden brown.  

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The end result was so delicious and so easy to make as well.  I love it when I am inspired to just take what I have and put it together into something magically delicious.  I guess I find that pretty easy because I have been cooking for years and years.  I kind of know by now what works and what doesn't.  It guess it comes with practice. 

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Don't worry though I am always happy to share.  I do hope you will give this a go and that you come back and tell me how much you enjoyed it!  We thought it was fabulous and it's become a new favourite with us.  OH, and I used low fat cheddar which worked really well.  Normally the lower fat stuff won't.  It was Pilgrim 30% lower fat strong cheddar.  It worked just wonderfully.  

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*Brat and Spud Autumn Warmer*
Serves 4
A deliciously easy pan fry that includes spicy bratwurst, cabbage and potatoes.  A touch of cream and cheese are it's crowning glory!

1 TBS olive oil
1 pound bratwurst sausage, sliced into coins
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
2 cup chicken broth
1/2 small white cabbage, thinly sliced
4 medium red potatoes, washed and cut into cubes
salt and black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
125ml of heavy cream (1/2 cup)
125g of grated cheddar cheese (1 cup)   

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Add the oil to an oven safe skillet.   Heat over medium high heat just until it shimmers.  Add the bratwurst and onions.  Cook, stirring until the sausage is browned and the onions are softened.   Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant.Stir in the cabbage and potatoes.  Cook, stirring for a few minutes.  Season and then add the chicken stock.  Bring to the boil, then reduce to a slow simmer.  Cover and cook until the potatoes are fork tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.   Gently stir in the cream and half of the cheese.  Heat through.

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Turn on the grill.  Scatter the remaining cheese over top of the mixture in the pan and then pop under the grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling and beginning to brown lightly.  Remove and serve.


  1. My husband would love this Marie..

  2. It's a real man pleaser Monique! xx

  3. Today I drove a friend to and from the hospital to have tests. It took 4 hrs. When I got home my eyes were extremely red and feeling odd. Not sure that happened but it's one of those nights that I wish someone made this recipe for me. I'm needing comfort food! :-) And your recipes always brings just that.
    Great post and recipe Marie!
    Love and hugs! xoxo

  4. Hi dear Marie I was 3 days withour internet! But Im here!
    Never forget you:)
    Love this plate Marie, look delicious!!

  5. Valerie, I wish I lived near by I would have cooked you some comfort food and pampered you a bit. ((((((hugs)))))) xxoo

    Oh dear Gloria, I know how hard that is. Having just gone through it recently I know how very much we miss the internet when we are without it! Glad you are back now! Love you! xxoo

  6. Oh you are so kind Marie! I that would have meant so much to me. Thanks! Hugs back at cha! xoxo

  7. I often think about what we could get up to should we only live closer Valerie! Maybe it's a good thing we don't! lol xoxo

  8. This is a very good recipe. I use it as a baseline and doctor the potato bit somewhat by adding more root veggies in lieu of potatoes. Comes out excellent. Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Thanks very much for your lovely comment! I am so pleased you enjoyed it! xo


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