So my step-dad makes this ridiculously good and rich casserole simply called “Bratwurst Casserole.” The ingredients are something like this: Brats, frozen tater tots, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and lots of cheese. Well, I had bratwurst from the Meat Shop and wasn’t sure what to do with it, since instead of being in links, it was just the meat. Then it dawned on me – Brat Casserole, but with a less-processed spin on it.

The Ingredients:
Appx. 1 lb of bratwurst (hopefully from happy pigs)
2T butter or olive oil, divided
3-4 (organic) potatoes, skinned and cubed
1/2C (organic store bought or homemade is better!) vegetable broth
1 (organic) onion, sliced thin
1/2C (organic) sour cream
1/2C (organic) shredded cheese

The Procedure:

Heat oven to 350 degrees and get out a casserole (9×13 dish)
Cook bratwurst in pan until cooked through.


Once brats are done, remove from pan and set aside.

Cook potatoes in olive oil until brown and yummy.

At the same time, cook onions in olive oil or butter until really soft and clear.

When potatoes are done, (cooked through and soft) place them in the bottom of the casserole dish. I cooked the potatoes in the same pan as the brats, so there was a lot of good stuff left on the bottom so I deglazed the pan with the vegetable broth.

Mix the sour cream with the bratwurst meat.

Place the meat on top of the potatoes, then the onions, then the liquid from the pan.

Place the cheese on top of all that.

Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Oooey gooey yummy!

The verdict – it’s definitely different than the original, and that’s fine with me! I think next time I’ll make it with even less potatoes or none at all – the potatoes were the least flavorful for me. If anyone has suggestions on how to make them taste better naturally, I’ll take them!

Since the idea of this ‘diet’ is to increase your fat intake while decreasing carbs, I just did a quick calculation of the amount of fat per serving – about 45 grams. It was probably more than that for me, though, because I ate a lot of the bratwurst, which is really fatty. :) It goes against everything we’ve been taught – but I’m curious to see how I feel at the end of the month!

 

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  1. I make something similar, those I only use my homemade chicken suasage .Nando likes the potatos very crunchy so I do one of three different ways.
    1. Cut very thin boiled and then layered on top with melted butter made with olive oil.
    Or
    2. Cubes very small browned with lots of spices, herbs tost in in before layering on top. I have a oil srayer and I will spray a lil olive oil on top to make sure they are crispy.cilantro
    I also add some of either cilantro, rosemary, parsley.
    3. I have also fried up hash brown and that's one of my favs.
    Well theirs three ways maybe one will be the winner for you.

  2. WOW rachel! This looks AWESOME!! I am drooling! :) Looks great! It is fun to see what you are up to on here! :)

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