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Sliders To ‘Up’ Your Brat Game

Brats at your tailgate? That’s so been done. Want to really wow them at your game party? Try these bratwurst sliders instead. Go Royals!

tailgateBratwurst Sliders with Cheesy Bacon Sauce

  • 5 bacon strips, thick-sliced, chopped
  • 1 pound bratwurst links, uncooked
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup beer, good quality
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 16 slider buns, split, toasted

Preheat a cast iron skillet over coals of grill, medium high heat.

In the skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving drippings.

Remove the casings from the bratwurst by making a slit lengthwise. Form into ½-inch thick and 2-inch diameter patties. Add the patties and onions to the skillet with reserved drippings, and cook over medium heat for 1 minute or until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove patties and set aside to drain.

Immediately stir the cream cheese, beer, mustard and pepper into the skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in reserved bacon.

CCKC Loves BaseballTo serve, place one brat patty onto each toasted bun bottom. Top with 1/4 cup of the thickened cheese and beer sauce and the top of each bun.

Makes 16 sliders



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