I attended my first annual Bratstravaganza this weekend, and let me tell you, it was BRAT-tastic.
The theme was, of course, bratwurst.
Our hosts treated us to beer boiled grilled brats, brat kabobs, bratza, and brats in a blanket. Another guest concocted some brat fondue. For the veg heads, meat-free brat versions of the dishes were served as well.
The bratza was a flatbread pizza served with baked brats and caramelized onions, on a crispy and chewy crust.
The brats in a blanket were a home run for me because they were kitschy, and the buttery flavor of the "blanket" was an unexpected pairing with bratwurst.
Spicy brown mustard, saurkraut, and beer boiled onions were the perfect condiments.
The ever-popular debate on "ketchup on brats" continued. Purist say ketchup ain't allowed. Others say ketchup is just fine on bratwurst, and it tastes good. I, myself, say "NAY" to ketchup on bratwurst.
Guess it's time for another super unscientific blog poll.
[where: Minneapolis, MN 55406]