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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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Yup, we make it right in the pan with the sausage. Slice some onions into thin slices. Half a small white onion should do for 2 people.

When the sausage is about 5 mins from done, drop a small knob of butter into the pan away from the sausage. Once it's bubbly, add the onions and let them soften and brown, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon. Add a little bit of white wine on them if they look dry. Don't worry if they mix a bit with the sausage. Again, we cook this covered, not open.

Remove sausage from pan when it's done. While it's resting, quickly finish the sauce. Turn up the heat and add a little bit of flour to the onion-wine mix. Stir to incorporate (kind of like making a roux) and then add more wine to make the sauce. Stir constantly so it isn't gummy! Add a bit of salt and fresh-grated pepper. If you don't want to use wine, bouillon works too (we use veggie stock sometimes).

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And if you don`t want to add flour, add some Crème Fraiche or Quark or sour cream. It thickens sauce just as well.
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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The latest fad is to bbq outside in winter, preferably while its snowing - perfectly acceptable these days.
I must have the wrong gas? It doesn't light when so cold.
Lucky really or I might be sent out to BB .
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And if you don`t want to add flour, add some Crème Fraiche or Quark or sour cream. It thickens sauce just as well.
My neighbour adds grappa, to everything he cooks....
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Old 07.02.2015, 19:23
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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I actually would love a recipe for that onion sauce they often serve with Bratwurst here...

Anyone have one to share?



See my earlier post Geee
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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My neighbour adds grappa, to everything he cooks....
I just add it to the cook.

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Don't you have a teddy bear night light?



I must have the wrong gas? It doesn't light when so cold.
Lucky really or I might be sent out to BB .

The photo accompanying the article showed a Weber - so you got to use coals/wood. And stand in men groups around it, drinking cold beer.


While the sensible women are indoors.
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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The latest fad is to bbq outside in winter, preferably while its snowing - perfectly acceptable these days.
We do it year round, always have.

Wood or charcoal, though, gas is for the pizza oven.

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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

Under the grill works for me, but not cranked right up.

Will try scoring it a bit next time too
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The latest fad is to bbq outside in winter, preferably while its snowing - perfectly acceptable these days.

I nee advise for when it is minus 34C
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I nee advise for when it is minus 34C
Go inside.

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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

it is the Fête du froid at La Brévine/Lac des Taillières tomorrow. and lots of bratwurst will be BBQed there. Not sure how cold it will be- their record is MINUS 42.8! There is tons of snow, and the lake is frozen- there will be horsesleigh rides, ice carving- vin chaud, and so much more. Cold not a problem in Switzerland's little Siberia.
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Per my little boy's request, we're going to have bratwurst for dinner tonight. The problem is, whenever I try to make it on the stove, I end up burning it on the outside (because I have to let it cook long enough so that the inside is thoroughly cooked).

Is there some trick?

I would assume that it needs to be cooked at a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria (the one we're having tonight is pork-based).

Also, do you use oil or no oil, covered or uncovered, etc.?



I am determined to make it tonight without burning it!
I often use a meat thermometer.
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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We put a few drops of oil on a paper towel and rub the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Then...

Option 1 - Lower heat but longer time
Option 2 - Slice lengthwise down the middle so it cooks faster

We often cheat and do option 2, as we split the meal anyway.

Edit - and we cover it.
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

Can't believe no one's given the proper, definitive answer, yet.

Prick the bratwurst, place in a saucepan of water and gently boil for about 10 - 15 mins. before frying.

Then slowly fry to brown the skin (but don't burn); remove from pan and fry some onions and when these are softened and coloured, return the bratwurst, add and cover with gravy and simmer for a further 5 mins.

Excess fat/oil can be drained and/or flour added, before retuning the bratwurst to the frying pan and red wine can be used to deglaze the pan prior to simmering in the gravy - but make sure the alcohol is boiled off.

It can be served with or without the gravy and onions, but will have the flavour.

The above, is for the raw, pink schweinsbratwurst.
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I just add it to the cook.

Tom

The Point is to use the Grappa AFTER the cooking when the sausage is just around 40 degrees
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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it is the Fête du froid at La Brévine/Lac des Taillières tomorrow. and lots of bratwurst will be BBQed there. Not sure how cold it will be- their record is MINUS 42.8! There is tons of snow, and the lake is frozen- there will be horsesleigh rides, ice carving- vin chaud, and so much more. Cold not a problem in Switzerland's little Siberia.

Bever in the Engiadina is THE rival of Brévine
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Can't believe no one's given the proper, definitive answer, yet.

Prick the bratwurst, place in a saucepan of water and gently boil for about 10 - 15 mins. before frying.

Then slowly fry to brown the skin (but don't burn); remove from pan and fry some onions and when these are softened and coloured, return the bratwurst, add and cover with gravy and simmer for a further 5 mins.

Excess fat/oil can be drained and/or flour added, before retuning the bratwurst to the frying pan and red wine can be used to deglaze the pan prior to simmering in the gravy - but make sure the alcohol is boiled off.

It can be served with or without the gravy and onions, but will have the flavour.

The above, is for the raw, pink schweinsbratwurst.



Is that the English version?


The South African version is to prick the pale würste all over then rub them well with Boerewors spice, put a Little bit of oil in pan and some more Boerewors spice - fry the spices a bit, then add the würste and gently fry them - rolling around so they brown all over to a crispy Skin.


Afterwards . . . . add onions to pan and fry them and proceed with the gravy - if one Needs to have gravy.


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The Point is to use the Grappa AFTER the cooking when the sausage is just around 40 degrees
I think you missed the point
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Re: Stupid question: How to cook bratwurst on the stove without burning it?

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Per my little boy's request, we're going to have bratwurst for dinner tonight. The problem is, whenever I try to make it on the stove, I end up burning it on the outside (because I have to let it cook long enough so that the inside is thoroughly cooked).
I'm surprised nobody has suggested what I consider to be the best way: under the broiler.

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I would assume that it needs to be cooked at a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria (the one we're having tonight is pork-based).
The temperatures required aren't as high as you think. Ground meat (including pork) should reach an internal temperature of 71˚C for safety, according to the ever-conservative FDA. The only reasons for cooking at higher temperatures than that are for speed and flavor. (Low-temp cooking takes forever, and of course you want the tasty maillard reaction to produce the roasty flavors.)

So for a normal 3cm thick bratwurst, I'd use a broiler, but from about 20cm distance. Cook about 10-15 mins on each side. (For those thin grillschnecken or cipollata, 10cm, but for less time.) Remember that for broiling, you leave the oven door cracked open.

I've also done sausages in the oven using convection mode at high heat (~230˚C). This produces a more even crisp skin, but lacks the slight charring that broiling or grilling produces. You could, of course, convection bake halfway, then broil to darken.
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