Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bratwurst and Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

This winter, Marble Man and I signed up for a fresh-meat-and-eggs co-op through Fickle Creek Farm, one of the vendors at our local Farmers Market. The meats have been incredibly delicious, and the eggs colorful - brown, blue, green... and also delicious. Every two weeks, we head to the market to pick up our assortment of sausages, roasts, chops, and chickens. This week's sausages were bratwursts, and I think they were the best I've ever had.

I cooked them in beer with lots of onions, and a side dish of sweet and sour red cabbage. *Slurp* So good!

serves 6

6 large bratwurst
1 C sliced onions
1 C beer

Prick each sausage before adding to a large skillet. Pour in enough water to cover the sausages with 1/2 an inch of water. Partially cover the pan and simmer until the water has evaporated. Be sure not to let the water boil - this will cause the bratwursts to burst. Uncover and cook the sausages in the small amount of fat remaining in the pan to brown. Add onions and saute until translucent. Pour in the 1 C of beer and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve with spicy mustard on the side.

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Serves 6

1 head red cabbage, shredded
2 Granny Smith apples, cut in small wedges
4 slices bacon, diced and fried
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar plus same amount sweet pickle juice
Salt and pepper

Fry bacon. Leave fat and bacon in skillet and add remaining ingredients. Cover tightly and get it hot, then turn down heat and cook slowly until tender. May be fixed ahead of time and reheated. This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve dish.


And I want to thank everyone who weighed in on my new image signatures. I will see what I can do to make them less intrusive.

copyright 2009 Shibori Girl


  1. Mouth is watering. I have a lentil and sausage recipe somewhere and this makes me want to go and find it. If I remember correctly, it has beer in it, too.

  2. hope U do not mind
    as i enjoyed
    some of the left*over red cabbage!


    i have been thinking about U
    and wondering
    where your images are ending up?
    the ones being copied...

    i look at jewelry mags
    at B&Noble
    when i am free*reading them...
    i always wonder
    if i will stumble across
    some of your work
    as it shines so special

    i think each issue
    will be featuring U,
    isn't that funny!

    {{i am such a fan }}

  3. I am virtually chowing down here...we didn't have dinner tonight, long story...

  4. Perfect meal, especially for this time of year! Pretty plate too!


  5. your co-op sounds neat.....i'll bet that's fun to go out and get those colorful eggs!! and i didn't even notice your signature on these photos until you mentioned it! hugs, :))

  6. Oh my that looks so good....


  7. Hello Kate,

    I am glad that you are back "cooking for us"...I mean sharing your amazing recipes. :O)

    ~ Gabriela ~